Day 2 Slovenia After a flight the previous day to Ljubljana and the first of two nights in Kranjska Gora (a place when I last visited was part of Yugoslavia) a coach took us to Jesenice to join our steam hauled train through the Julian Alps to Nova Gorica. 33037 a class 33 2-10-0 and 8nr 4 wheeled coaches (all different types) awaited us. Our group had a whole coach to ourselves which was at the rear of the time for the mostly downhill run on a single-track line to Nova Orica. We left on time at 8.58 and stopped at many stations to pass service trains including a half hour stop of Most an Soci, where there was the opportunity to photograph the loco and/or visit the station café/bar for refreshments (there was bar car on board but with limited refreshments), while we awaited the car transporter train to arrive from the other direction and pass us. After a journey through the lovely Julian Alps and following the Soda river at times we arrived at Nova Gorica on time just before 12pm. After the other groups had left we departed southwards including some rare track to a station closed to passengers called Vrtojba which is just before the line crosses into Italy. Note Only freight uses the later part of this route, and this was an extra to what had been planned and advertised. Our loco ran round and we had three run pasts, before heading back to Nova Gorica and on to our restaurant for lunch. Our coach had been removed from the train because an axle was running hot, so we moved to the next carriage which had been used by a party travelling one way for the return. We were now the coach next to the loco for the mostly uphill climb back to Jesenice and left on time at 16.45pm. It was far more noticeable for the return that the coaches had only 4 wheels! The Gricers on board had the windows down or were standing on the balconies to fully appreciate the loco. We stopped at Bohinjska Bistricia on the return, where refreshments were available even though it was nearly half past six. The last hour was in the dark and we arrived on time just before 8pm. Footplate rides were available between stations. Day 3 Slovenia After a morning and lunch in Bled we headed by coach to Slovenian Railway Museum Ljubljana. We had the unusual experience of travelling in a standard gauge open coach hauled by a narrow-gauge loco on the short section of dual gauged track the museum has. At the same time locos from were pulled out the semi roundhouse by a tractor and turned 360 degrees to enable us to more easily photograph them and the manager told us about them. We then visited then rest of the museum before heading for our hotel in Ljubljana. Day 4 Slovenia Today we departed Ljubljana behind 06-018 (on its last run before withdrawal), hauling a 4-coach train entirely for our group, by along a single-track branch line to Trebnje. Footplate rides were again available between stations. While the countryside is not as attractive as the Julian Alp, there was less lineside vegetation. We made a couple of short stops to pass service trains and could get off our train and take photographs. On arrival at Trebnje we had a couple of run pasts, after two service trains had passed. After lunch we headed towards Sevnica where we joined the Ljubljana to Zagreb mainline. Our loco ran route and we headed tender first back to Ljubljana along the mainline. Just prior to the next station we were entered a loop and our loco was turned on the nearby triangle. Shortly afterwards we were looped to let numerous service trains pass us and arrived about 45 minutes late at Ljubljana and departed by coach to Trieste where we managed to arrive on time due to cutting out a stop on route.