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Final Design of Šargan-Vitasi-Mokra Gora narrow-gauge railway line for tourist purposes

Realization: 1999 – 2000

This 760 mm narrow-gauge railway line that connects Šargan Vitasi and Mokra Gora Stations was a segment of the former Belgrade-Sarajevo narrow-gauge railway line. It was built in 1930s to enable connection of villages on Tara and Zlatibor Mountains with the rest of the world.

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From technical aspect, the studied line is interesting due to its unusual loop that enables the line to overcome the big altitudes between Mokra Gora and Šargan. The so-called ''eight'' was 13.5 km long and was running through 20 tunnels, 3 bridges and one viaduct.

Since technological progress minimized the importance of the line, in 1974, the permanent way was dismantled although track bed and structures were restrained. Fifty years later, the railway line was rehabilitated for tourist purposes and became a unique on-rail museum. Technical concept was based on reconstruction and development of the remaining railway line elements (tunnels, bridges, small structure, track bed and other) and construction of accompanying infrastructure facilities required for proper functioning of the line and acceptance of passengers.

The segment of the narrow-gauge line that connects Belgrade and the Adriatic Sea was reconstructed and put into operation in 2001. This section runs from Šargan-Vitasi to Mokra Gora and includes the famous "Šargan Eight'' that represents attraction for passengers travelling by ''Nostalgia'' tourist train. This reconstructed segment is planned to be connected to Višegrad on one side and Branešci Station on the Belgrade-Bar railway line on the other. Construction of new line sections will upgrade the tourist potentials of Zlatibor and Tara Mountains and Drina River. From Šargan-Vitasi to Kreman, the track shall be laid on the existing bed in the length of 4 km. From Kreman to Branešci Station, three variants of the new alignment are proposed. The planned structures and accompanying facilities shall be in compliance with the already built structures, i.e. traditional method of construction shall apply. The line is 20 km long and supports the speeds not exceeding 30 km/h.

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