Dave Moor skriver om en tur med Albanske Jernbaner Marts 2001: »I have just returned from an extremely enjoyable 5 days in Albania, which included a return trip (on 28/03/01) from Tiranë to Durrës by train. The two trains we used and most of the trains we saw were made up of a mixture of ex-Austrian and a few ex-Italian coaches with (I think) ex-Polish baggage cars. The Austrian coaches were still in relatively good condition with only a few windows broken and most of the lights still working. All those we saw were still in full OBB livery. The Italian coaches were generally in pretty poor condition with smashed lights and a great deal of missing glass (our ex first class coach had a definite bullet hole in one compartment window !). Only two of the Italian coaches we saw were (very crudely) repainted into HSH livery, the rest still remaining in FS livery.
At Shkozet, most of the steam locos detailed on your website were spotted and most are now standing in the old steam shed (as per Quail map) and not as shown in the photo on the website. The single Class 01 (Tkt 48) that you mention being on an isolated section of track was still there at right angles and about 30 yards from the rest of the locos.
Two derelict green diesel shunters were seen (assumed to be class T211 numbers T454 & T455) and a single T435 (assumed to be number 0456) was also noted. In fact the latter loco, with an OOU T669, was actually being shunted about the yard by a working T669 !
The fare from Tiranë to Durrës was 70 lek and that from Durrës to Tiranë 75 lek - perhaps we were just overcharged on the way back (or undercharged on the way out !). The 7 or 8 working T669 locos we saw included 1041, 1051 and 1057 (our two trains were hauled by these locos). Our trains and the trains we
passed were all well patronised but a worrying sight was a new motorway being constructed all the way from Vorë
There were several quite modern track maintenance machines and these appeared to be in good working
order (indeed one was moving in the yard at Shkozet).
At Vorë the projected East to North curve shown on the Quail map was heavily overgrown and still appeared to be missing a bridge.«
En mail fra en ukendt spørger (November): 011122 »I just returned from a short stay in Tirana. I could not find a place at the station to buy a ticket for the train. Do you buy the ticket onboard or how do you get the ticket? I was in the waiting room, watched a train depart, and would have loved to ride but couldn't figure out the exact proceedure, and there were no signs in foreign languages. I did manage to get a picture of a train in the station and if anyone is interested I'll scan it
and post it.«
»Geoff« svarede samme aften: »Tickets are usually sold at stations, except perhaps for some of the smaller ones. In Tiranë the ticket office is (or was) to the right of the main door to the waiting room area, that's unless it has changed when I was last there. Tickets were issued through a small window in this building. Charts of fares were on the wall above this window. In my experience the hardest place to find where is buy ticket was Durrës as the ticket office was a
small opening on the ground floor of an apartment block quite separate from the station building. I believe this
may have changed recently. And yes always interested to see recent pictures.«
»Dave« supplerede: When I was in Durrës last February the ticket office was in the main hall of the station building behind what looked like a fairly new and modern style ticket window. The station seemed to have been refurbished quite recently and certainly the buffet upstairs had been redecorated only a short time before my visit. At Tiranë
the ticket office was in the waiting room where you describe with the fares and timetable details above it. I must admit that I didn't spot it straight away either.
Spørgeren kvittererede: »Thanks for the replies. Actually after the train left the station the waiting room was locked and I had to wait for someone to let me out. At first I thought maybe it was upstairs which was just a bar/restaurant. I think I know where to look next time and thanks both of you for the input. Just seeing the rolling stock was a treat for me.«
Brevvekslingen fik Helle Engelund fra SiD (i det Nordjyske) til at skrive følgende: »Efter at have læst dagens nyheder, har jeg en kommentar med hensyn til at rejse med tog i Albanien. Sidste sommer rejste jeg selv med tog fra Tirana til
Shkodra. Det var en utrolig dejlig tur. Det tager noget længere tid end i bil, men man kan se landskabet fra en helt anden side, og hvis man er på ferie, har man jo normalt tid nok. Konduktøren vinkede mig efter sig, da jeg steg ind i toget. Han ryddede så lidt op i en kupe, fordi der sad en englænder og en australier, så havde jeg nogen at snakke med. Albanerne i kupeen prøvede også at kommunikere, og flere gange på turen kom konduktøren og spurgte om jeg havde det godt, ligesom han kom med vand og vindruer til mig. Da jeg stod af blev der givet hånd og sagt farvel. Det blev ikke til flere togrejser sidste år, men jeg har ikke besøgt Albanien for sidste gang, og næste gang rejser jeg med tog til de steder, hvor der er rimelige forbindelser. Dette er en opfordring til ikke at afstå fra togrejser i Albanien, selv
om albanerne selv synes bedre om minibusserne, det var en dejlig oplevelse, helt anderledes rolig end de til tider noget nervepirrende og ujævne rejser, man kan foretage i bil«.