A few phots from September 2014’s Ceska Trebova Depot Open Day – loads on site! We weren’t too sure what to expect and really went to scoop the 111 in for cab rides but it was well worth going. With two roundhouses, another display around the main turntable and then the demics there must have been the best part of 100 locos knocking about. It was completely help yourself to cabs etc although clambering in and out without spilling beer was a bit problematic!
Overdue full week in Czech Republic, these are the ‘bash’ photos. Also went round Ceska Trebova Depot Open Day which will follow later in a seperate gallery as there are enough here to be getting on with!
Six day wander around Hungary to pick up some of the summer kick outs this year…
Day 1 was around Debrecen after flying to the local airfield (it cannot be described as an airfield) from Luton
Day 2 popped across to Oradea to spin in a couple of CFR GMs then a long slog west to Gyor via Budapest
Day 3 was the Lake Balaton Ganz fest then the M61 back to Budapest from Tapolca
Day 4 was up to Miskolc for the day – absolutely no sniff of an M62 unlike every other report!
Day 5 bit of a circle to Szombathely out on the 232 but due to no others being out back via Celldomolk and more Ganz
Day 6 just around Budapest as couldn’t hack another early start to do much else!
No full captions (yet, maybe) but loco number and location provided, link to erg post for more gen
Day or two in Ireland for the 071 tour which kicked out 074, 078, 079 during the day.
Five day bash to this superb part of Europe for loud diesels, great weather, beer and people!
After severe ice wrecked miles of OHL between Ljubljana and Divaca on the mainline from Ljubljana, SZ are having to drag all trains (including the many, many freights) between Borovnica and Prestranek. The week before we arrived however, a timetable change seemed to also bring in far larger numbers of silent OBB 2016 workings rather than SZ 664s. So as we rolled in to Borovnica it was a great sight to see narrow lights piercing the gloom and a 664 backing on – 664107 then provided great entertainment with load 11 and a dead 363 as the bank out of Borovnica was attacked at great volume! After 40 minutes of nearly solid full power it was to Rijeka and back as the timetable is rather limited with just very early and very late out and back moves, but the morning trip missed the afternoon one both times, so we did a few afternoon moves on 363s and 541s. A scorecard of 3×664 and 1×2016 from the 4 drags was certainly acceptable and was well worth the 0500 or so alarms!
After all that we headed over to Croatia for two days getting a selection of 2044s in the book with some electric fill-in moves.
A weekend around the Balkans leading up to the Kosovo Mercia Tour;
- Flew to Podgorica with Ryanair for 24 hours in Montenegro
- Day train over the stunning Bar to Belgrade line then a day in Belgrade
- Belgrade to Skopje for a couple of 661s
- Skopje to Kosovo for the charter in Kosovo and back to Macedonia
- Indirect route home via Skopje-Charleroi flight and Eurostar
For a few reasons we brought this years Bulgaria forward to May, and again did a circular trip round the country. As ever there was a large amount of digging up taking place which led to some pluses, some minuses and overall the trip was simply enjoyable – as ever in BG.
We started off RA from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv to cover any ‘vice’ action (denied) then a play on the narrow gauge (77009 tick) before heading east on train 8601 which was diverted from Plovdiv via Karlovo (new track) as the entire mainline is still in bits. Then an enjoyable couple of days around Varna photting 87s (click here) / deckchairing both the beach (burnt) and the local electrics (largely dud) before heading up to Ruse and Levski where we did well for new diesels (07111, 55143, 55144 all pen) en-route to Sofia over two days. Then a hard days spinning around Sofia (three new), not helped by some riot on the shed meaning lots of late departures awaiting locos before heading home to drearyland again.
As ever, thanks to Potter, Gaz, Parker and Adam for the company.