Map of the railway
|Track gauge||760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in)|
The Šargan Eight (Serbian: Шарганска осмица, Šarganska osmica) is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia, running from the village of Mokra Gora to Šargan Vitasi station. An extension to Višegrad in the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was finished on 28 August 2010. It was planned to extend the railway to the village of Kremna by the end of 2011, and in 2013 to extend to the city of Užice.
The former East Bosnian railway with a gauge of 760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in) was an important part of the former narrow-gauge main line from Sarajevo to Belgrade and closed in 1974. Between 1999 and 2003 the section over the Šargan pass was rebuilt by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism and the Yugoslav state railway JŽ, now the Serbian railways (Železnice Srbije) with great help from Emir Kusturica, a famous film director who had the town of Drvengrad (near the Šargan Eight station on Mokra Gora) built for one of his movies.
As of 2017, the train popularly named "Ćira" but officially called "Nostalgia", still runs only on the route Mokra Gora-Šargan Vitasi-Mokra Gora, with occasionally running to Višegrad. During the snowy periods, it runs only from Mokra Gora to Jatare. In 2017 season it had 75,000 visitors, out of which 25,000 were foreign tourists.
- Branko Pejović (31 October 2017), ""Ćira" na "osmici" ove sezone prevezao 75.000 putnika" ["Ćira" on "Šargan Eight" transported 75,000 travelers this season], Politika (in Serbian)
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- Official information on Serbian Railways Site
- The 'Šargan Eight' Narrow Gauge Railroad Tour
- Šargan Eight gallery
- Šargan Photo Gallery
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