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A "day of two halves". Part one was covering the cross-border route between Croatia and Slovenia at Đurmanec/Sveti Rok ob Sotli. This had closed in 1994 but re-opened in 2014, after I had already travelled over the two branch lines. As is common for Slovenia the branch service only runs on weekdays hence not being able to do this line over the previous few days. Part two was getting to Valencia in Spain: it takes far too long by train but I found a good-priced flight from Trieste to Valencia that I could connect into. This was quite simple in the end: picking up train EC151, Wien Hbf to Trieste Centrale, at Celje (the junction for the branch from Đurmanec/Sveti Rok ob Sotli), then a local train to Trieste airport. EC151 was notable for me as it was worked between Celje and Ljublana by a Vectron locomotive, my first haulage by this now near universal type; a Slovenian electric loco hauled the train from Ljubljana to just over the border into Italy at Villa Opicina; then of all things an Austrian 1216 loco for the short run into Trieste. Ryanair got me to Valencia pretty much on time. Arrival in Valencia was quite late at just before midnight but I had booked the Ibis Hotel that is walkable from the airport, ready for a very early start next day.