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Owing to the subsidence of a river bridge south of Gradsko on 29 September 2018, the line between Veles and Gevgelija will be closed for several months as the bridge will need to be completely rebuilt.
 
Owing to the subsidence of a river bridge south of Gradsko on 29 September 2018, the line between Veles and Gevgelija will be closed for several months as the bridge will need to be completely rebuilt.
  
Work is reported to have resumed in February 2018 on rebuilding the Bitola - Kremenica - Neos Kafkasos (Greece) line, which has been out of use for several years. It was to have reopened by 2014 but the project has been the subject of delays and cancellations.
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Work resumed in February 2018 on rebuilding the Bitola - Kremenica - Neos Kafkasos (Greece) line, which has been out of use for several years. It was to have reopened by 2014 but the project has been the subject of delays and cancellations. As at October 2018 a fair amount of track had been laid. It remains to be seen if the bridge collapse (above) causes the work to be accelerated.
  
 
An overnight Beograd - Skopje - Thessaloniki (Solun in Macedonian) train (and return) appeared in the 10 December 2017 timetable. However, the OSE (Greek) timetable contains a note stating that it is operated between Gevgelija and Thessaloniki by bus on Mondays - Fridays. The timetable also shows international trains running between Skopje and Hani-i-Elezit (Kosovo) for connections to/from Pristina. However, the latter services were always cancelled in the period before the timetable change.   
 
An overnight Beograd - Skopje - Thessaloniki (Solun in Macedonian) train (and return) appeared in the 10 December 2017 timetable. However, the OSE (Greek) timetable contains a note stating that it is operated between Gevgelija and Thessaloniki by bus on Mondays - Fridays. The timetable also shows international trains running between Skopje and Hani-i-Elezit (Kosovo) for connections to/from Pristina. However, the latter services were always cancelled in the period before the timetable change.   

Revision as of 17:33, 21 October 2018

Country Name

Macedonia (Makedonija). Officially the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

As a result of Greek objections to use of the name 'Macedonia', the country joined the United Nations as the 'Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'. It was announced in June 2018 that, with the agreement of Greece, the country was to be renamed the Republic of North Macedonia (Severna Makedonija). In July 2018, the parliament of Macedonia approved plans to hold a non-binding referendum on the change. This took place on 30 September and was overwhelmingly approved, but the referendum was ruled invalid owing to a low turnout. The government has however asked parliament to start the procedure for amending the constitution.

National railway system

National Railway Operator

[1] (MŽ) Makedonski Železnici This site refers to a new website at [2]

Language

Macedonian, using Cyrillic script.

Currency

Macedonian Denar (MKD); 1MKD = 100 Deni

UIC code

numeric 65; alpha MK

Timetable

Journey Planner

The Macedonian Railways Journey Planner appears to have have been discontinued. Travellers will need to use the downloadable timetable.

Downloadable Timetable

The 2016/17 timetable pdfs can be found here. This is in Macedonian only, using Cyrillic script.

Note that меѓународен воз по релации (превземи) merely accesses HAFAS, for international services.

A good unofficial timetable in German Linien- und Tabellenfahrpläne has 2017/18 information loaded as at 9 August 2018, but it should be verified against local information.

Printed Timetable

None known.

Engineering Information

None.

Bus Information

A useful site is BalkanViator

Maps

Printed Maps

  • European Railway Atlas: Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by M.G. Ball (1993) (ISBN 0-7110-2072-4)
  • European Railway Atlas by M.G. Ball (2008 onwards)

Web-based Maps

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Authority

There is no separate Infrastructure Authority in Macedonia.

Network Statement

The 2016-2017 Network Statement (in English) can be downloaded here. The 2017-2018 network statement had not been loaded in December 2017.

Gauge

Standard.

Electrification

25kV 50Hz.

Rule of the road

Right, but the vast majority of the network is single track.

Distances

Table No. 1 in Annex No. 2 of the Network Statement gives distances for each station

Other Railways

None.

Tourist Lines

None.

Metro

None.

Trams

None.

Recent and future changes

Owing to the subsidence of a river bridge south of Gradsko on 29 September 2018, the line between Veles and Gevgelija will be closed for several months as the bridge will need to be completely rebuilt.

Work resumed in February 2018 on rebuilding the Bitola - Kremenica - Neos Kafkasos (Greece) line, which has been out of use for several years. It was to have reopened by 2014 but the project has been the subject of delays and cancellations. As at October 2018 a fair amount of track had been laid. It remains to be seen if the bridge collapse (above) causes the work to be accelerated.

An overnight Beograd - Skopje - Thessaloniki (Solun in Macedonian) train (and return) appeared in the 10 December 2017 timetable. However, the OSE (Greek) timetable contains a note stating that it is operated between Gevgelija and Thessaloniki by bus on Mondays - Fridays. The timetable also shows international trains running between Skopje and Hani-i-Elezit (Kosovo) for connections to/from Pristina. However, the latter services were always cancelled in the period before the timetable change.

Services between Niš(ŽS) and Skopje were suspended from 20 October 2016 because of engineering work but reinstated for the summer season from 1 June 2017.

Owing to the migrant crisis, with effect from 21 August 2015, until further notice the Thessaloniki - Idomeni - Gevgelija section of the Thessaloniki - Beograd train has been a coach connection.

This Gevgelija - Idomeni cross-border service into Greece has been intermittently suspended previously, it ceased from 13 February 2011 along with all other border crossings with Greece but then a weekly summer-only service reportedly ran between July and September 2012. Then the Beograd [overnight] - Skopje - Thessaloniki and vv summer only service was reintroduced from 10 May 2014 until as above.

In 2012 the EBRD agreed to provide a €46.4m 15-year loan to fund the rebuilding of the 30.8 km Kumanovo – Beljakovce line, the first phase of a direct rail link between Skopje and Sofia. This included money to help advance the second phase, to extend the line from Beljakovce to Kriva Palanka. The final phase would take the line over the border to Gyueshevo.

Special Notes

None.

See also