Ljubljana Pioneer Railway

Pioneer Railroad

Location

Ljubljana, Slovenia

46.0530028, 14.47034056

Author

Various organisations*

Planners

Built in

1948

Modified in

1954

Originating in the USSR and quickly spreading all around the Eastern Bloc, children’s railways were a peculiar activity aimed at promoting Pioneer Movement values. Built by the work brigades in 1948, the Ljubljana Pioneer Railway operated only until 1954.

After the ones in Belgrade and Zagreb, a third Yugoslavian pioneer railway was opened in Ljubljana in 1948. Built by work brigades during the course of a single week in March 1948, the railway connected the city areas of Rožna dolina, Koseze and Podutik.
Initially, Ljubljana’s Pioneer Railway was very popular, but the public quickly lost interest, so it was finally closed down in 1954. While the rail tracks were removed almost immediately, some of the train stations along the line were standing for many years after the railway ceased to operate, but were mostly left to decay or were repurposed and renovated.

* Youth Organisation, City People’s Council, Department for regulation of Ljubljana and Railway Workers’ Organisation

Function

1948City Railroad Infrastructure

1954 Closed down

2018 Non-existing, Bicycle Lane (part)

Ownership

1948 Council for traffic and Connections

1954 City of Ljubljana, Railways Directorate

2018 City of Ljubljana

Condition

1948

1954 Dismantled

2018 Demolished

Property Management

1948

1954

2018

Form of government

1948 Socialist Federative Republic

1954 Socialistic Federative Republic

2018 Parliamentary Republic

Spatial Planning Agency

1948

1954

2018

Type of heritage and protection

1948

1954

2018 None