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First diesel-electric locomotives in Croatia motif of new commemorative postage stamps

ZAGREB, October 2, 2020 – On October 5, 2020, Croatian Post will put into circulation new commemorative postage stamps with the motifs of the first diesel-electric locomotives in Croatia. 

Two stamps with the motif of locomotives (from the series JŽ 661 / HŽ 2061 and JŽ 642 / HŽ 2041) were printed in a circulation of 100 thousand copies per motif and were issued in a joint sheet of 6 stamps. The nominal value of the new commemorative postage stamps is HRK 6.50. Croatian Post also issued a First Day Cover (FDC). 

The author of the commemorative postage stamps is Ariana Noršić, a designer from Samobor, and the illustrator is Maja Cipek. 

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Railway traffic on Croatian territory was established in 1860. For the next hundred years, trains were towed only by steam locomotives, which over time became irrational machines compared to electric and diesel traction vehicles, the construction of which developed in the first half of the 20th century. Therefore, in the mid-fifties of the last century, the Yugoslav Railways Association started the modernization of its rolling stock, following the first diesel-electric locomotives of the JŽ 661 series, later marked HŽ 2061, and locomotives of the JŽ 642 series, later marked HŽ 2041.

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The first diesel locomotives in the rolling stock of the Yugoslav Railways (JŽ) were to be adapted to tow all types of trains, and the EMD G16 marks of the American manufacturer Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, which produced between 1958 and 1973, were chosen as the most favorable. a total of 430 locomotives of that series. It delivered 218 locomotives to JŽ in five different subseries. These locomotives were used to tow passenger and freight trains on main railways. The first diesel locomotives in the rolling stock of the Yugoslav Railways (JŽ) were to be adapted to tow all types of trains, and the EMD G16 marks of the American manufacturer Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, which produced between 1958 and 1973, were chosen as the most favorable. a total of 430 locomotives of that series. It delivered 218 locomotives to JŽ in five different subseries. These locomotives were used to tow passenger and freight trains on main railways.

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(Photo: Croatian Post)

With the introduction of diesel traction vehicles on the market, there was a need for the purchase of locomotives for towing light freight and passenger trains and for difficult maneuvering. During the test runs, the locomotives of the French manufacturer Brissonneu et Lotz proved to be the most favorable. 

According to the license of that company, Tvornica Đuro Đaković from Slavonski Brod started producing four-axle diesel-electric locomotives of the JŽ 642 series in 1961, and over the next 11 years, it produced 104 locomotives of the said series.

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