Historical Logging Switchback Railway

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The Historical Logging Switchback Railway in Vychylovka (near Nová Bystrica, Slovakia) is preserved section technically most interesting part of the former narrow-gauge zig zag logging railway located in Kysuce and Orava region. The railway was closed in 1971 and disassembled, except an 8 km section from Chmúra to Tanečník. Currently a 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) section is used as a heritage railway for tourists.


Steam locomotive MÁV 2282/1909 (U34.901) – in service Steam locomotive MÁV 4281/1916 (U45.9) – in service until 1999 Steam locomotive Kraus Maffei 15791/1940 – out of service Steam locomotive ČKD 2612/1948 – out of service Steam locomotive ČKD 1441/1928 – in service (this is the last locomotive that went along the disassembled track in 1972; Until 1990 placed as memorial in depot Žilina). Enthusiasts from the civic association Krúžok long fought for her rescue. A generous sponsorship donation to save the locomotive and its two-year repair allowed the historic machine in 2011 to return to the Oravan valleys and consider tourists.
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