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Historic Maps

1988 Rail Map of Yugoslavia

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The above navigable image is a 1988 railway route map of the country of Yugoslavia. In addition to displaying the routes of train lines, it also depicts bus routes, ferry routes, roadways, as well as pointing out important monument sites. In addition, the map also shows an interesting diagram of numerous pictograms that a traveller might encounter while travelling on trains and coaches across Yugoslavia. Being that this map is not only for domestic but international travellers, the legend of the map is translated into not only Serbo-Croatian, but also Hungarian, Albanian, English, Russian, and Slovenian. It is interesting to examine this train route map, as the vast majority of these routes are no longer in service any longer since the dismantling of Yugoslavia just a few years after its publishing. Even further, many of the international train connections shown on this many are also no longer operational (as to Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Bajze, etc). This map was published and printed in 1988 by the "Geokarta" Institute of Cartography in Belgrade.

About Yugoslav Railways

Yugoslav Railways (Slovak: Jugoslovanske železnice, Serbian: Jugoslovenské železnice, Mak. Jugoslovenski železnice), abbreviation: JŽ (Serb. and Mak. JŽ), were the state railways of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1992 and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1992 to 2004. It was a founding member of the International Railway Union (UIC) and had UIC-Code 72. Its predecessors are the Yugoslav State Railways (JDŽ), of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1918 to 1939, which arose from the Imperial and Royal Privileged Company of Southern Railways (K. k. privilegierte Südbahn-Gesellschaft, Imperial-Royal Privileged Society of Southern Railways) (founded 1858), branches of the Imperial-Royal Austrian State Railways and the Royal Hungarian State Railways, whose branch operated in the then Triple Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia, and the Serbian State Railways (founded in 1889. With the end of the war and the creation of the State of SHS, all the railways in the country that were once managed by the Directorate of Hungarian State Railways were placed under the management of the newly established General Directorate of State Railways SHS in Zagreb in 1918. This included all railways, except those managed by the Southern Railway Company (Zidani most-Sisak), and Mjesna the Barč–Pakrac railway, the Slavonska Podravska local railway and the Zagreb–Samobor vincinal railway, although traffic was also possible on these lines. In 2004, after the FR Yugoslavia was transformed into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, they were renamed Željeznice Srbije (Serb. Železnice Srbije, Železnice Srbije).

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