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Posted March 1, 2015 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

Tabor Feb 2020

Post-tour trip down to Tabor to cover the Bechyne route 113s, with recently reinstated 113001 a massive winner and two diagrammed out in the afternoon. However with Hurricane Sabina (a developed UK Storm Ciara) blowing through our chances of getting them before the place degenerated into a farce were low. We did, but the weather soon caught up saw a six hour trundle back to Prague…

We had missed our plus at Tabor by miles, so lunch and a beer then out to view 113002 working the all day turn, seen here bringing the 1201 Bechyne – Tabor in. Yes the light really was this strange at this point!
The first section out of Tabor runs alongside local streets, 113002 is just crossing ulica Husova as it drops down to the river bridge
There we go, the gold at the end of the rainbow! After years dumped out of use, 113001 had been put through Prerov emerging in late 2019. Seen with two refreshed shiny coroprate 010 trailers before backing into Tabor. Lovely.
113001 departs Slapy where we leapt for ‘002 back. This was wise as the branch was closed not long after with both sets stuck at Bechyne end due to trees coming down.

Despite the investment in locos and stock recently, this is to be the last few years of these locos – likely any locos – on this unique, lightweight branch which is to be re-electrified at standard 25kV by 2023, doing away with this 1.5kV DC outpost. This will also mean the end of the heritage 100 and EMU use which are much celebrated due to this being Czech’s first electrified railway (as opposed to tramway, despite it being very much a tramway feel!)

Posted February 16, 2020 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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Polish "roarers"

Another weekend trip of January escapism

EP07-1029, Gdansk with a TLK.
EP07-338 in a fresh coat of retro two-tone-green is working IC85107 from Szczecin to Olsztyn, just a pathetic load 3
A small number of heavily rebuilt EU07A locos can be found on Gdynia to Wroclaw ICs, EU07A-001 is seen at Gdansk.
With large numbers of locos stopped awaiting funds for overhaul, PKP have resorted to hiring in from Cargo, EU07-336 one such welcome loco at Gydnia on the 0531 Bialystok – Szczecin. It will have worked from Olsztyn most likely taking over from a CD Goggle which PKP have a handful of on long-term loan.
Not just locos, PKP also don’t have enough stock of their own that works so ZSSK have provided some fine Zilina B 249s seen here at Gdansk Wrz with EP07-1003.
Another green’un is EP07-174 seen at Gydnia next to a “real as fuck” EN57 to complete the scene. ‘174 is about to remove itself and dead inside classmate EP07-435 from a very late TLK81105 which was two and a half hours down after locomotive failure.
The Poznan – Wroxlaw line is the latest to be being rehabilitated and upgraded. We had gone down early to do the Poznan – Woltzyn kettle turn…to be greeted with a cart! Oh well, EU07-302 entered the book to Koscian.
EP07-345 at Gdansk with the 1735 Gdynia – Poznan
EU07-220 was another appearance from the Gydnia whirlpool, despite plenty of passenger locos hanging around but not for us to question. It had replaced the inward EP07 at Gydnia on the 1023 Szczecin – Bialystok and is seen here leaving Sopot where we just had time for a celebratory beer before heading back home.

Posted February 2, 2020 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Poland

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Brno Oldies

Weekend in Brno to push away the January blues. With new region-led management of the Jihomoravsky region the writing is finally on the wall for the Brno cross-city 242s, just the excuse for a trip. They should see service until late 2021 when new region-owned carts arrive. Sadly the intermediate period sees CD cutting all costs – evidenced by shortened rakes and internal condition already, and also the removal of the regional rover as only IDS JMK tickets are now available on all Os/Sp/R trains in the area.

242260, Brno, having just terminated after working the 1830 from Tisnov. This loco has been through a mini-overhaul at Prerov, presumably for life extension and had its paintwork patched up rather than receiving corporate blue.
242234 rolls into Cebin on the 0830 Tisnov – Breclav. Overnight snow and think fog made for an atmospheric if cold morning!
Absolutely hanging 230058 leads 230100 and a 742 through Brno Reckovice with part of the great european log merry go round, running bang road due to a classic SLW possession for minor maintenance tasks being carried out.
242260 notches up away from Kurim on the 0837 Zdar n S-Vranovice, which would be terminating at Modrice due to yet more engineering work taking place on the Breclav line.
242246 heading north on the 0953 Brno – Zdar n S. This turn at least retains the previously used load 4, many having now been shortened to load 3.
242227 in the later and more common corporate colours gets away from Brno Kralove Pole with the 0941 Breclav – Tisnov. Within an hour or so the snow had all melted away and I had a flight home to catch sadly!

Posted January 20, 2020 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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Rhb December Day

619 in advertising livery at Chur waiting to work a late evening departure to Landquart. Due to engineering work on the Disentis line these trains were starting short at Chur with a mixture of locos and carts.
A horrendous alarm to be up for 701 on the 0510 Chur – Samedan mixed. A whopper of a train, one coach, two wagons and a Bo’Bo’Bo narrow gauge electric. These locos are RhB’s freight heavyweights and are not as threatened by the introduction of new carts although likely to lose passenger work again if trains like this drop off.
The move back of 701 was a very unexpected kick out of 1947 (yes, 1947) vintage Ge 4/4 of the original batch on the 0511 Samedan – Chur. This is a one way diagram with the loco returning on a freight so a right fall on and justifying the early alarm! These locos had all been withdrawn from traffic in 2010, but some have returned in connection with additional freights created by the building of the second Abula tunnel.
The weather completed changed the other side of the Verenia tunnel, Landquart and Klosters being in thick fog. 611 & 614 pass at Sagliains. The main driver of the trip, introduction of new Stadler deathtraps is delayed so much of the RhB should remain loco-hauled further into next year however these locos are now firmly in their twilight, although 611 itself is earmarked to enter the heritage fleet.
615 at S-Chanf on the 1102 Pontresina – Scoul
614 departing S-Chanf on the 1202 Pontresina – Scoul
642, one of the 1990s built 641 class, at Landquart with an afternon Disentis – Scoul train which it was working vice 611. These locos are being overhauled to work with newly delivered push-pull sets of plastic coaches to work primarily Chur – St Moritz with basically everything else due to be turned over to carts within 12-18 months sadly.

Posted December 14, 2019 by redcow87015 in Switzerland

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Romania October 2019

GFR are a large player in the Romanian private freight market, 60-1540 passes through Suceava Nord with a westbound liner.
Iasi remains a hotspot for CFR diesels with a near dozen ‘GM’ turns daily, 66-1132 departs Nicolina a few KM east of the main station, but helpfully positioned for the city centre, working the 1252 Iasi – Tecuci.
Despite the Iasi depot being solid GM, two Galati turns do bring traditional Sulzers into Iasi, here 60-1039 chirps away from Nicolina on the 1706 Iasi – Birlad
CFR Marfa 60-1233 catches the last of the evening light with a set of westbound Ukrainian box wagons, presumably heading to Suceava and across at Videl Siret.
Iasi retains two CFR 6LDA sulzers as station pilots, 80-0213 is seen here shunting stock off an arrival
The 0630 Galati – Cluj is an all day marathon and formed of just two DR style dostos, although quite nicely refurbished. 40-0194 in IC colours had re-engined at Iasi and seen here at Targu Frumos where we leapt to step up the following stopper
The Bacau-Bicaz branch is a remaining stronghold of 60/62 Sulzers with three daily diagrams. 60-1355 is seen at the pretty mountain resort of Piatra Neamt right on the southern edge of the Carpathians working the 0657 Bicaz-Bacau.
On the way back to Bucharest to fly home, 40-0626 pauses at the well kept shack of Peris on the 1534 Ploesti Sud – Bucharest which is formed of one of the refubished rakes of standard Eastern articulated deckers very few of which remain in use.
GFR operated DA “60-1512” sits looped Peris last week in the sun. This is a repatriated Chinese ND2, of which Electroputere made 248 according to wikipedia and is waiting to head to Chilita with a rake of oil tanks
More locos have gained Romanian flag livery which I personally like, 40-0734 is one seen here heading north at Peris

Posted November 16, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Romania

Ukraine Taster

Somewhere new!

A few days into the former Soviet Union itself with a flight to Kiev then heading for the diesel areas around Chernivtsi for Chemelaks and Ivano Frankivsk/Kolomyia for M62 and the massive 2TE10s.

After a fast car into town and a few beers with dinner, ChS4-054 was to open the account on our overnight out of Kiev. The loco was built at Skoda, Plzen and is a rebodied of what were giant soviet Co-Co of the goldfish, 6800hp on tap and passed for 160kmh. As with everything in this part of the world they are not exactly lightweight at a mere 132t! All of those still in service I believe are rebuilt into this more boxy form.
M62-1260 at Chernivtsi with the 0830 to Sokiyany. This is a slightly bizarre train in that it runs to the town on the Ukraine/Moldova border, but has to pass into Moldova on two separate occasions beforehand such is the history in this part of the world. I’m sure that this loco being in Ukraine colours with big letters on the side has nothing to do with this at all! M62-1260 is certainly the regular on this turn, nailed on for all three days we viewed the train and plenty of internet evidence showing not a lot else in recent times.
Thats more familiar! ChME-3084 pauses in the rather sinister morning for at Luzhany whilst working the third of four morning Chernivtsi hauled northbound departures, the 0900 Stefaneshty. Sadly we only had a short move on this one as it was unsilenced, although barely taxed on load 2 and low linespeeds. The downside of this area was no need to drive anything above a couple of notches.
Looking lovely at at Vyzhntsya after working the morning train from Chernivtsi, ChME3-2652. The last part of this branch was a right stagger and with the seats consisting of park style wooden benches with a metal bar for a back ‘support’ we were more than ready to head into town for beer and pizza!
Next day and we covered the Stefaneshty branch with ChME3-7369 before stepping into Kolumyia “DMU country”. The depot is, on paper, DMU only! However they have mashed a number of push-pull sets together with half an 2M62 and some former EMU cars. The only issue is, the M62 here carries DPL-0011 and no reference to its former self. Thankfully some gen was on hand and this is 2M62-1113A waiting to work the 1246 Zalishchyky – Kolumyia. As we were doing this for three hours regardless, a loco was very welcome!
2TE10M-2747 (and possibly the other half of that loco, possibly not) trundle into the goods line at Kolumyia with a long mixed freight from Chernivtsi. Everything about these is big.
Chernivtsi’s recently repainted 2TE10-2416A and 2416B pair are probably the only correctly formed pair on a regular basis! They were our power forward to Ivano Frankivsk just as the light died (the town was duly smokescreened by this departing and another pair going through on a freight) working the 1537 Chernivtsi – Odessa. An excellent evening was had in this buzzing town.
The 0810 Ivano Frankivsk – Yaremche produced 2M62-1114A in DPL-0021 guise and is seen here at its destination in the foothills of the Ukrainian Carpathians.
2TE10U-0086B & 2TE10U-0029A arrive at Yaremche with train 149 which was the 1340(!) previous days departure from Kremenchuk to Vorokhta. This was our first taste of the classic Soviet “Platzkart” open couchettes, with semi-compartments open to the corridor which then has forward facing couchettes across the way. Not sure I’d personally fancy an overnight in one!
2TE10-2601A & 2TE10-2827A blacken the skies of Vorokhta departing for the last leg to Rahkiv on the 18p05 Odessa – Rsahkiv. Somewhere after, this would have crossed train 358 coming the other way which was lead by 2TE10-2601B, the other half of this double loco! UZ appear to make absolutely no effort to keep them together, and getting the inside loco can be difficult as the only plate is above the coupler against the stock. We didn’t fail to get any, but not without some difficulty and luck in long station stops at the right time!
2M62-1001B is part of another Kolumyia push-pull set, and is trundling out of Korshiv with the evening Kolumyia – Ivano F stopper. The only timekeeping issue we had was unfolding as they had caused a scene by holding this for a southbound freight, but accepting a northbound freight they then couldn’t hold clear of the crossing, so the DPL set was held for both, meaning our train back was then held too. Its headlights in the dark some 30L were a very welcome sight!
ChME33-7369 at Chernivtsi prior to working the 0913 Vadul Siret. This was our last move before crossing into Romania, a thoroughly enjoyable and trouble free taster of Ukraine completed successfully.

Posted November 4, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Ukraine

Liben afternoon spell, Sep 2019

An afternoon peak hour in the usual spotters perch just to the north of Praha Liben as it was too hot to bother doing anything with the trains all in Friday wedge mode – the 1624 Zilina went past load 14 F & S!

130028 draws a rake of empties out of Liben yard which won’t be much of a challenge for it on the climb out of the city
In reaction to the long-term closure of the Negreli viaduct out of Masarykovo, the hauled Louny commuter starts from Liben instead, and the ECS is seen here shunting across for its 1617 departure, formed unusually of 714228 & 174227 top and tail vice the booked single “happy cow”
Slovak “Gorilla” 350016 drops down the bank on the 0940 Budapest – Praha running around 30L. This is better tahn our journey in the same train the previous day which had been 200+L when we bailed at Bratislava (but without complaint as we gained a Cargo goldfish!)
Regiojet 193206 was next on the 0745 Kosice – Praha. These locos will (well, say current plans) be displaced by a section order of yellow TRAXX (187 type to run as 388) from mid 2020, although I don’t think it would be much surprise to see them kept if Regiojet continue to expand.
ELL Vectron 193743 has spent much of the year on hire to the yellow team and is seen here nearing the end of its journey on the 1247 Bratislava – Praha. With this being a /7 rather than a /2 meaning it can go to basically most of Europe its hire was expected to be short term, obviously ELL didn’t need it to give to someone needing the extra countries! The red stripe on the front indicates that Italy is one of these.

Posted October 6, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding