It's not the Hogwarts Express, but it's close Bosnian worker Sefik Salihovic drives the steam engine at the coal mine of Oskova in the Bosnian town of Banovici, 87 north of Sarajevo (AP photos)
It's not the Hogwarts Express, but it's close
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You can't board in London and get off at Hogwarts but the engine looks pretty much the same as in Harry Potter and if you're a steam train enthusiast, the ride is almost as magical.

Every day, steam engines that are than 60 years old defy their age and pull wagons of coal from Banovici's coal mine to nearby towns. Banovici is in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the summer, the engines become the only tourist attraction this impoverished, north Bosnian town has to offer, as the mine allows visitors to take a ride on the narrow-gauge, 30-inch, line.

The coal mine planned to replace the old engines after Bosnia's 1992-95 war, but the sudden arrival of steam train enthusiasts inspired a change of plans. The company began servicing the steam engines and putting them back to work.

"About a thousand steam train fans come here every year," said Dzevad Hodzic, the coal mine's technical director.

Aside from those built in 1948 and still hauling coal, the most popular engine is one built in the Czech Republic in 1925. It stood for 35 years as an exhibit on a side track, until management decided to restore it to service. The little train carries up to 50 tourists in its two carriages, winding 6 miles through Bosnian mountains at a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour. A ticket costs about $12.40.

The engine is the only one of its type still running in the world, Hodzic said.

He hopes the tourism business will expand so the Banovici coal mine can put several more refurbished steam engines to work next year.

Critical thinking challenge: Why cant the most popular train carry more passengers?

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COMMENTS (7)
  • maxwell.rosenberg54
    12/09/2014 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think that its very cool that you can ride a train that looks like the train in the Harry Potter sires,but it would also be fun because of how old it is and to see it still works,but i think that $12.50 is a little to much for a train ride through the mountains.to be riding in something that is very old but and also the fact its based off the Harry Potter sires that would be a very fun activity for someone who likes the harry Potter books.

  • r2000soccer
    12/10/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    The most popular train can't carry more passenger because Aside from those built in 1948 and still hauling coal, the most popular engine is one built in the Czech Republic in 1925. It stood for 35 years as an exhibit on a side track.

  • BrendonO-Wit
    12/11/2014 - 10:09 a.m.

    I would like to see these trains. Along with the town. It seems really cool. Reminds me of asdf, you know why? I LIKE TRAINS! *trains appear out of no where and destroy everything*

  • KiraL-1
    12/12/2014 - 01:30 a.m.

    This article is about a train in London that resembles the train in Harry Potter that takes the gang to Hogwarts. These 60 year old trains pull wagons on coal to nearby towns daily. During the summer, the train are a huge tourist attraction, luring people to a similar setting of taking a train to Hogwarts. This train model is the only one of its type left in the world. The train can carry 50 tourists at a time, giving the tourists a 6 mile experience through the Bosnian Mountains at 50 kilometers per hour. The tickets are $12.40 each. I think that this is a really cool train, and I like that Harry Potter look that's kind of old fashioned. Whenever I get to London, I would love to see this train.

  • BRafael-Cas
    1/05/2015 - 10:57 a.m.

    I think its cool that they made a train like the one in Harry Potter. I also think its cool that its the only one left in the world.

  • NW2000Basketball
    1/09/2015 - 08:44 a.m.

    I think the most popular train cannot carry more passenger because there probably isn't a train that doesn't have many seats because of its popularity. Also people probably wouldn't want to spend too much money just to ride a popular train instead of riding a regular train that costs less.

  • Allil-McC
    5/11/2015 - 02:50 p.m.

    The reason the train cant carry more people, is because it was built in 1948, and back then they didn'tt have the technology we did so they couldn't build the train bigger to have more efficiency. It also only goes 5o kilometer per hour, which is pretty slow. But if you added more people on it would be slower. So its basically because of the time it was built, the speed, and the efficiency.

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