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2018 Canoex 210 Gala

Hellfire! 210s at Vyssi Brod, 24 Aug 18

With another Czech trip booked, we were keeping a keen eye on the timetable on table 195 to see if there was any sign of a special timetable for watersports events taking place along the line. A few weeks before, a number of additionals surfaced around the booked services which are now formed of the previous two-hourly branch set with a 210 and additional DMU workings between Ceske Bud and Lucovice which have been added to the timetable using carts released from lines in the area lost to private operators. We covered Friday 24 August which wasn’t the full day of the event but was still more than enough entertainment.

Class 210 workings for this years event were:

  • 210045 on the regular branch turns between Rybnik, Vyssi Brod and Lipno
  • 210023/210055 top and tail on the 1219 Bud-Vyssi Brod then Lipno shuttles
  • 210039/210059 top and tail on the 1709 Bud-Vyssi Brod then second shuttle set for weekend
  • 210057 2020 Bud-Horni Dvoriste to then be the branch set for Saturday

After an early start from Prague with a 362, 242 & 1116 step down move it was only the regular trains running when we arrived. After a lunch break, 210045 was taken to Lucovice on the 1304 Rybnik – Lipno seen here deaprting for the last leg up to the end of the line.

We’d spotted a viewpoint just south of Lucovice zastavka and wandered there for the passing of 210045 heading back on the 1414 Lipno – Rybnik

Shortly after it was the arrival of the first additional set as having worked down on the 1209 from Ceske Bud, 210023 bounced around the corner working the 1404 Vyssi Brod – Lipno, again seen at Lucovice zastavka

Now uniquely liveried and somewhat weatherbeaten, 210055 was on the rear. A welcome sight as I’d only previously had this machine on a shunt release move so a station to station move takes it off the dubious list!

After a quick visit to a local hostelry for a Kozel, 210055 whines out of Lucovice zastavka working the 1534 Lipno – Vyssi Brod. Absolutely mad train formation of a full brake and decker for the coming canoes!

A quick walk south allowed an extra photo of 210023 tailing the 1534 off Lipno as it was held outside of Lucovice awaiting the westbound service to enter the loop. This is a Brno loco sent on loan for the weekend as Plzen were presumably not able to cover the requirement themselves and obviously it was ‘023 given the honor as Brno’s pet 210. It’s not quite as immaculate as in previous years but certainly in a different league to the Plzen locos for external condition!

210045 then headed back again on 1526 Vyssi Brod – Lipno, seen at the junction for the now unused connection into Lucovice Paper Mill. This was really the 1504 off Rybnik but they had spilt the service now presumably to allow flexibility in the event of large numbers of canoes as this set only had a half brake so reduced capacity for boats. On the Saturday this set would only shuttle between Rybnik and Vyssi Brod with two additional sets carrying full brakes between Vyssi Brod and Lipno.

This still comes across as a hellfire sight to me! 210023 on the 1604 Rybnik – Lipno waits for 210045 1614 Lipno – Rybnik to enter the loop at Lucovice

210055 in flat evening light before departure on the 1734 Lipno to Vyssi Brod. Things were picking up now with beer and food stalls across the river which we availed ourselves of and wandered across the dam during the turnaround. The Vltava dam is used to control water flow for some of the more extreme runs.

210023 has just arrived on the 1734 off Lipno at Vyssi Brod as 210045 departed on a late running 1726 Vyssi Brod – Lipno giving this excellent view of two side-by-side. In the unlikely event he sees this, many thanks to the young driver of 210023 who helpfully turned his headlights on after seeing us dash for this phot!

210055 on the rear of the 1804 Vyssi Brod to Lipno at Certova Stena. The white water course largely ends here and the canoes on the platform couldn’t be fitted onto this service. By the time of the next train the platform was again full. No doubt this otherwise sleepy halt sees more traffic on these weekends than the rest of the year combined!

Sadly the day was over for us with 210045 1834 Lipno – Rybnik taking us back to the mainline. At Vyssi Brod we passed 210039 (210059 on rear) arriving on the 1709 Ceske Bud – Vyssi Brod which would go forward on the 1854 Vyssi Brod – Lipno. This was the second shuttle set for the weekend.

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Posted September 12, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Praha Gorillas, August ’18

Another short post as I’m finding time to get through the last trip. Here we have a small gallery of the excellent ‘Gorillas’ both ZSSK dual voltage and the Czech DC versions. A 150’2 would have been nice to complete the set but these now have a limited scope of work compared to the last few years. Half of these are even lineside (admittedly, only at Liben)! So then, more photos of top engines…

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151007 at Liben on the 1224 Praha Zilina, our taxi move out to Liben

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350018 roars away on the 1324 Praha Zilina. Right toss up what is a smarter livery between the modern ZSSK and CD colours, both suiting these locos and stock well.

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Only a few kms to go for EC 116 the 0539 Warsaw Wschodnia – Praha which has been in the more than capable hands of 151016 from Bohumin. The modern CD livery really looks good in full rakes like this with the darker bodyside on the resturants (second vehicle) adding interest.

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Damn cloud! 151023 retains original ‘DC’ livery with orange stripe and is heading for Ostrava on the 1342 ex Praha which is a semi-permanent substitution for a “rancid snake” cart.

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151019 1424 Praha Warsaw. If only all long distance trains in Europe remained long trains of quality stock (with a full barcar of course) with decent endemic power on the front…

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Carrying an earlier version of CD blue, 151004 arrives at Praha with the empties from Praha ONJ (CSD) for the 0824 Zilina. In very NSE fashion this livery style gave way to flat bands rather than sloped colours at the locos end.  Flatiron 111031 shows off its shiny colours in the current blue livery as station pilot too.

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And to finish on the very first. There was a bit of a shambles occoruing at Praha which saw 350001 line up alongside 151001 which is nice. Heritage Slovak repaint ‘001 working the delayed 1751 Bratislava, had fetching 350016 to go inside from the HS then the sleeper from another platform and then a prolonged brake test meaning 151001 arrived alongside on the 1824 Navsi. 350001 dates from 1973, pretty good going for early high speed dual voltage technology – 43 of the 47 CSD gorillas built remain in traffic with the only lost examples being serious accident damage.

Posted September 5, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Uncategorized

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Just some 242s, August 2018

Latest CD sortie will be split into a few posts, here is a selection of these Skoda beasts which were as always a high priority. With some different company on this trip there was more time for photos and I’m pleased to have pictured some of the class going about the same duties they have for many years.

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242267 restarts from Nepomuk on the 1008 Plzen – Horazdovice local

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I’ve leapt at Stahlavy off these many times, but always been straight back on the move after the trains cross at the next shack. With the sun out we see 242276 arriving on the 1208 Plzen – Nepomuk and the half brake behind the engine is basher friendly way round too – lovely!

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As usual, all over red 242239 was out and about and brings the 1308 Plzen – Horazdovice into Stahlavy. Bar a few carts on short extras all trains along here are operated by 242s for now a real throwback to a classic loco hauled railway and – for me at least – an absolute joy.

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After re-engining the 0602 Plzen – Brno at Bud, 242216 eases into Veseli nad Luzini after using the rebuilt racetrack which really seems them open the taps. We’d done a 362 down from Praha and leapt here for 242 power into Bud.

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After being detached from the 1527 Brno – Plzen 242269 waits for orders to be stabled for the night, its coach has also come off R660 as a Fridays only strengthener as far as Bud. A classmate would have worked the service forward to Plzen whilst we (eventually) had a 362 back to Praha, which is deep in DC land so very un-242 friendly!

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All of the above photos were of Plzen’s locos whereas Brno’s allocation now has a smaller sphere of work concentrated on the cross-city Tisnov/Brno/Vranovice axis. Looking great in a very clean coat of the original red and cream livery, 242217 is on the 1000 Tisnov – Vranovice

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This train is booked for a “regiopanther” cart but they were obviously short again as the 1101 Brno – Letovice was left to the capable old hands of 242209.

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242234 brings the next cross-city service into Brno, working the 1030 Tisnov – Breclav

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Many 242s have now been sold to private operators as the passenger work is slowly but surely lost to the march of alleged progress, one such example is 242263 which is now in the hands of IDS and stabled at Hodonin with the mighty 749162. Due to the sale conditions from CD a paperwork fiddle is carried out upon refurbishment and the locos take the identity of very scrapped ex-Bulgarian cousins, this one claims to be “45193” only it really isn’t!

Posted September 2, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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Bocq Gala 2018

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6247 & 6304 spent all day relaxing at Ciney with a long PW train. Somehow the Brussels-Luxembourg line is still a building site even though it had been many years since I had trundled down it…

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Presumably painted into green for the event – a very rough job – 5528 was about to kick things off with the 0935 out of Ciney. The big GM was a visitor from TUC Rail which is itself a division of SNCB Infrastructure now known as Infrabel.

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PFT have AFB 5205 as the resident mainline diesel at Bocq again seen at Ciney about to head up to Spontin. 6219 was on the rear, all trains being top and tail on this section improved the moves especially with the amount of locos in use.

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The modern Infrabel livery was represented with 6316 caught in the sun at Spontin prior to heading back to Ciney.

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Some modern tat was there to bring in the scratch merchants with HSL shed 653-03 and also a ex-NS 6400 glorified shunter. By miles the least interesting GM of the day leaves Spontin.

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5205 at Spontin pausing on the 1435 ex Ciney whilst they shuffled the locos on the rear.

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A biggie even in days of old by most accounts, 6305 in proper colours is also seen here at Spontin during a shunt. The paintwork indicative of sadly how little these locos do now being restricted entirely to infrastructure duties.

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Many years of the Amsterdam-Brussels Benelux circuit being worked by SNCB locos and NS stock has now been broken with services formed of NS stock and both NS 186’s – 008 & 010 top and tail this set – and SNCB 28s. It now operates over the high-speed line between Antwerp and Amsterdam including a reversal via Breda.

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Something a little different, heritage ‘break’ cart 650 arrives at Angluer with a local from Liege to Verviers. I’m sure like many veteran carts across Europe these are long promised to be withdrawn!

Posted August 15, 2018 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

CD July Weekend

Another long weekend around Prague, because its just the right thing to do! Brought a summer 7-day all line for a ridiculously cheap £27 even though it was only a three day trip.

Off the plane and a leap to Holesovice on the metro to cane in 162054 on the 0926 Decin – Praha. Nice to get this in the book to clear the pool as all the weekend trains are units so these can be a bit of a pain to have.

Table 226 from Veseli n L to Ceske Velenice has gained summer hauled workings this year rather than the usual carts due to the privatisation of other workings off Bud so with new track on offer and also a pair of new goggles shown on the spreadsheet we headed south for the afternoon. 754027 on the 1337 off Veseli was taken to Trebon, nice green full brake too!

It was a bit duller two hours later when we returned from Pivovar Regent to have 754024 on the opposite turn seen here on the left working the 1537 Veseli – Velenice whilst 754027 waits on the 1521 off Velenice. There isn’t that many goggles left in this attractive blue, yellow and white livery either now and these two are fairly elusive being in Ceske Bud’s summer only pool which is reguarly bailed out by Prague locos too.

Back on more regular territory and 749121 arrives at Prague with the “Cyclo Brdy” empties passing 111006 on station pilot duties which was awaiting the arrival of a very late Kosice overnight.

‘121 at Breznice after working the 0846 from Prague. With six and a bit hours to kill our move this time was to go forward on a unit to Pisek for lunch before retiring in Breznice’s Herold Brewery tap before having 121 back to Prague. Despite being the same load as earlier in the season the train was never more than comfortably full.

Sunday had a limited choice of moves due to an early evening flight and only two 749s out – the Rakovnik was a 740 and the Jicin cancelled due to engineering work. So 749006 on the 0830 Vrsovice – Mseno was taken as far as Melnik, seen here running around over the crossing at the south end of the station.

With colourful Bmx trailers in tow rather than the more usual KZC compos, ‘006 trudles out of Melnik and over the pointwork to take the Mseno branch working the 0830 Praha – Mseno.

Not that many moves out of Melnik so we took a 163 to Usti nad Labem Zapad where AWT had 742507 and 720604 posing outside the station rather than inside the chemical plant behind which was helpful for a quick phot.

Posted July 19, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Emergency Trip for a 644!

This years Sudbahnmusuem summer open day at Murzzschlag saw the Slovenian’s convinced to send a 644 from Ljubljana and despite fairly late notice a plan was drafted to get out there for it largely thanks to Ryanair having a dirt cheap flight to Linz available the previous day.

Our afternoon was taking Taurus power south from Salzburg on the scenic run via the Tauern south across the Apls. 1116 163 was the power, arriving at Freilassing with the 0818 Frankfurt – Klagenfurt / Zagreb. This is basically the only great international train pair left running north-south between Germany and the Balkans. 1116 163 here would work to Klagenfurt (1116 083 on rear detached at Salzburg), 1216 143 from Villach to Dobova and a HZ 1142 for the final leg to Zagreb.

With a whipped set of traincrew it was a most enjoyable run with 644016 from Ljubljana via Graz enjoying the sounds of the roots blown 12-645 power unit.

There was even some sun as we arrived at Murzzuschlag! The 644 then trundled off to the open day which housed a few bits however it was busy and I didn’t have enough patience to wait for photos when the pub beckoned!

Very orange 1142 635 arrived on the rear of a charter from Budapest (one of three!) with a Nostalgiezug Vienna portion. This is now a privately owned loco registered to whoever “D-PLOK” are and was vice the advertised 1141.

All the bloody way to the top of Austria and this is here! 47375 had worked a continental rail services charter from Budapest which had laid over from the previous night and as the heavens opened is seen getting ready to lead its 1554 Murzzuschlag – Budapest return charter. It was a mega money operation with a coach of brits, fair play to them but for me it was to join 86218 at Keleti in flagging UK locos abroad!

We’d planned to take the 644 back to Graz before heading to the hotel in Vienna but with the weather not fit for bellowing and signalling problems delaying service trains changed our plan to leap on this lash up of M61 001 leading MAV chuff 424 247 and OBB 1142 635 back instead. All three powered up to Semmering, the electric then doing most of the “work” rolling downhill to Wiener Neustadt where we leapt for an IC in as the splitting of the Vienna portion took something daft like two hours to do the last stretch! Having diesel, steam and electric on the front was certainly new for me.

Posted June 20, 2018 by redcow87015 in Austria, Euro Nedding, Slovenia

DB May Day BH

Quick trip to Germany to cover some 111 & 143s with these classes now well in terminal decline…

db-111105-kolnIn bright morning sunshine, 111105 rolls into Koln Hbf with the 0818 Aachen – Siegen RE9. Most of these services have now reverted to hauled sets as the evidently unsuccesful introduction of “hamster” carts is about to be abandoned altogether with a small fleet of 146’0 due at Aachen to replace the mixture of carts/111 & 120 diagrams. 146005/006 were out with further reinforcements awaited so the 111 hands on for now.

db-111127-dusseldorfOver at Düsseldorf the Dortmund – Aachen via Wuppertal and Monchengladbach circuit remains a bastion of solid 111 haulage as shown by 111127 arriving with the 1313 ex Dortmund

db-146271-deutzKoblenz ‘bridge leaps’ are now largely limited to Traxx as 146271 is seen here arriving with an evening Aachen-Hamm

db-143141-143181-darmstadtAfter a pleasant Sunday morning run south along the Rhine, 143181 brought me from Mainz to Darmstadt where winner 143141 was waiting on the next RB 75 working. These workings should be lost at the December TT change and its hard to see a future for any of these “trabbis” elsewhere.

DB-114036-HanauIt had been a long time since I’d done any moves around Frankfurt and it has certainly changed! Hanau and Fulda circuits are in the hands of 114s – 114036 is seen arriving into Hanau from Fulda – cascaded in from Berlin a couple of years ago, displacing the previous local 111s. I only saw a single 111 move whereas there used to be more than you could count. The Twindexx EMU invasion is near complete and has hammered Frankfurt’s hauled workings.

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I’d wandered across to Hanau as a local facebook page had advertised shuttles to an open day at the museum. 294651 was doing the honours on a couple of biscuit tins and is seen prior to pushing the 1430 deprture out, probably 1km round trip just about! It appeared quite a refined set up so may well be regular?

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The museum had enough to entertain me for a quick nose, around the turntable were 212062 (red), 212001 & whatever V36 406 is. You’d have thought the 212s would be easier to use on shuttles than borrowing a DB 294, but what do I know! There were a couple of other shunters knocking around the place too.

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Boom! The Flixtrain (nee Locomore) produces again with 182504 seen here arriving into Frankfurt Sud where I leapt on for a run to Darmstadt. The coaches have gone green as part of the tie up with Flixtrain and the old HKX service. Train was load 8 and wedged so hopefully will manage to keep going. If you can quite make it out, yes the loco does say “Mr Potato Head” under the numbers!! Hector are part of the same group as GBRf so presumably thats come from their influence…

db-245020-FF-WestThe last time I did the Frankfurt commuters it was still 218s on n-wagen! No longer with a small batch of 245 to cover the two trains. The stock has changed but the move hasn’t as I harvested 245019/245016 out on the 1644 before an S-bahn from upstairs back for 245020 and 245017 on this the 1716 Frankfurt-Stockheim

Posted May 12, 2018 by redcow87015 in Germany