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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.

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

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

Long Weekend Czech and Slovak

Friday – well Thursday night once Stansted had repaired a hole in the runway – to Monday around the 7th April  featuring some usual suspects!

240068 poses in the sun at Bratislava after working in from Nove Zamky in the morning rush

Pezinok is disturbed by ZSSK Cargo 240015 storming north on a mixed freight

240075 was the only one winner scored after the man in charge put 240073 on the one train is RA in from Surany! Seen here after eventually making Bratislava 40L on the 0523 off Kosice, which it would have re-engined from Zvolen. Most Zvolen R trains were again being worked by goldfish vice the booked 362s, with more ZSSK Vectrons arriving you would expect this to perhaps be the last year of long distance semi-fast trains for these Skoda veterans. Yellow Vectron 193227 waits with the 1247 Bratislava – Praha and was our move onwards.

We leapt at Brno to cover this as there had been sporadic reports on the spreadsheet of the 1444 Blansko dropping a 210 rather than the booked 242. ‘023 was duly caned in to Zidenice – its the forth day we’ve had this one whilst winner 210052 laughed at us from the stabling point! We were planning to go further, but the spreadsheet suggested we needed to get to Prague earlier than doing this out and back would have permitted…

As is the law, 242273 was also out at Brno and seen here departing with the 1430 Tisnov – Vranovice

This brought some cheers! Decin’s heritage pet 141012 was having one of its days working R trains to and from Praha for reasons only known to the engine controller and rolls into Hlavni with the ECS for the 1851 Decin. It had been reported out on the first leg of this diagram and we weren’t particuarly confident it would have stuck until this, but it did so a very welcome entry in the book having previously seen countless photos of it – usually just before and after we arrive

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The first departure from Praha is the KZC service to Rakovnik which is on a much extended running season this year, running Sat/Sun until the end of September. 749006 was doing the honours, seen here rolling into Hlavni.

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Meanwhile 749121 has come off the Cercany route (now worked by silent junk 749264) and gained itself a Praha – Breznice weekend cycle train. Despite quotes of suburban stock, it is (currently) at least being worked with a full brake and two ex-FC compo coaches, which is more than acceptable. Seen here pausing at Pribram with Saturday’s 0845 Praha – Breznice…

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…and here on arrival at Breznice. After a stagger to Beroun the driver remembered where the handle was and was thoroughly enjoyable for the rest of the day. We were the only people on the train into Breznice (a few more going back) perhaps indicative of how much there isn’t to do in the seven hour turnaround!

We headed back to Zdice as there appeared to be some sort of bananas going on at the Museum (old shed that looks like a scrapyard) and eventually got involved in this bonkers formation on a 1350 Zdice – Breznice charter. We were somewhat astounded when we found out that a) this is acceptable for a 48km tour, b) it was going where we had to get back to for 749121 anyway and c) the timings worked for said move! The loco was 702621 marked as Buzuluk Koramov Cement Works, and was vice the Museums regular 702581 which failed before departure. Here at Bratkovice 702621 was also deciding to have a rest having rather predictably boiled over on the climb from Zdice. It did make it eventually – top Czech fun!

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KZC’s second train pair (to be later joined by a third from June) runs from Prague to Mseno and was using 749259 seen here at Vsetaty with the 0830 Vrsovice – Mseno. Driver was a maniac (shorts, bald head and sunglasses always being good signs!) too, needs to be given the task of future railtours!

We leapt off ‘259 to head back on 163094 working the 0839 Usti Zapad – Kolin, helpfully closing my Decin 163 account in the process. Both the stopper and semi-fast trains along here are all booked 163s now after a swap around with some Ceske Trebova engines

Sunday shoving at Usti Zapad with 704005 pushing Strekov bound departures to the Elbe Bridge, here attaching to the 1403 Lysa n L

More micro-rod action! This one was reported on the spreadsheet on the Usti Strekov to Zubrnice pres line, where it appears to share the workings with a M131 cart. Seen here at Zubrnice very close to the German border.

And 702094 at Strekov after working the 1500 off Zubrnice back down the hill

Time for a phot of 123011 heading south on a set of hoppers, the influx of ex-passenger 163s has made a dent in the workings for the heritage DC skoda types.

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To avoid any reputations around being desperate rod veg we were able to get to Melnik and bring the day to a close with ‘259 back at Vrsovice after bringing in the 1700 ex Mseno

754030 a regular performer on Trutnov 750’7 turns brings the 0855 Trutnov – Praha into Hradec Kralove. Usually it would be ripped here for a 163 but today the Goggles were working to Chlumec n C where it was a bus forward to Podebrady, therefore thwarting my track scratch on the way out.

742094 at moves book destroying shack Hradec Kralove Slezske Predmesti with a local trip working which had been brought out of the facility behind the trees.

and that was that, 750707 at Bubny-Vltavska temporary platform (line to Masarykovo shut) on the 1705 Rakovnik taken to Velaslavin for the 119 bus to the airport.

Posted April 16, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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2018 Prague Diesel Season

Just a short post which (hopefully) will be replaced by a lot more from the trip – a long weekend to ned around and enjoy some of the grumpy action that is to offer this year, 749006/749121/749259 all out this weekend. Hopefully 749107/749253 will join the party later in the year when they are released from repairs too.

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The first departure from Praha is the KZC service to Rakovnik which is on a much extended running season this year, running Sat/Sun until the end of September. 749006 was doing the honours, seen here rolling into Hlavni.

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Meanwhile 749121 has come off the Cercany route (now worked by silent junk 749264) and gained itself a Praha – Breznice weekend cycle train. Despite quotes of suburban stock, it is (currently) at least being worked with a full brake and two ex-FC compo coaches, which is more than acceptable. Seen here pausing at Pribram with Saturday’s 0845 Praha – Breznice…

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…and here on arrival at Breznice. After a stagger to Beroun the driver remembered where the handle was and was thoroughly enjoyable for the rest of the day. We were the only people on the train into Breznice (a few more going back) perhaps indicative of how much there isn’t to do in the seven hour turnaround!

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KZC’s second train pair (to be later joined by a third from June) runs from Prague to Mseno and was using 749259 seen here at Vsetaty with the 0830 Vrsovice – Mseno. Driver was a maniac (shorts, bald head and sunglasses always being good signs!) too, needs to be given the task of future railtours!

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And bringing the day to a close ‘259 back at Vrsovice after bringing in the 1700 ex Mseno.

Posted April 10, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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Switzerland Feb Weekend

A weekend trip to Switzerland is about all I can afford! Thoroughly enjoyed a first taste of the RhB though.

650 had the honour of opening my RhB account working the 0847 Landquart to Davos as far as Schiers where we leapt to double back and pick up the plan with the 0920 Landquart – St Moritz. The plan was then duly detonated by said train being a Stadler shitbus instead!

This means Plan B was to take 614 on the 0950 Landquart – Scuol (being denied a further engine to by another unit on the 0947 Davos!) as far as Saglians where thankfully the connection was held despite delays in the Vereina Tunnel (which would last all day) due to additional car shuttles being operated.

612 shoves out of S-chanf with a Scuol to Pontresina stopper. Three locos are employed on this hourly circuit and they were at least all working as per the diagrams with these ‘baby 4/4’ dating from 1973

619 in a nice blue advertising livery was working the 1134 off Scuol again at S-Chamf as they cross at the next shack

As i had some time to wait for the following St Moritz service, took a wander into the snow to get 612 returning on the 1202 Pontresina – Scuol

This was a bit of a bonus, vice a 641, this time a nice green 621 working the 1302 St Moritz to Chur via the Albula line which I took over the top to Filisur. Despite appearances the blue restrurant car wasn’t a hauled train as the units also drag around coaches (and wagons as mixed trains) presumably a reason why so much is interchangeable!

To get a couple of these ‘641’ more modern locos in the book did an out and back from Filisur to Davos Frauenkirch where 648 arrives with the 1431 off Davos Platz. Not exactly the colour loco to make the most of the photo but at least it wasn’t in the middle like a few had been!

622 was on Sledgex duties between Bergun and Preda and is seen here getting underway back downhill out of Preda. On paper these go back ECS but no bother taking it back if you wanted to. This runs as there is a 10km sledge run which this then returns you to the top of, with the additional mileage of the railway as it twists and turns to lose hight you could certainly race if it you wanted, stopping for phots might be a bit challenging though!

Sunday was aimed at getting some SBB 4/4 in the book as they currently have much more weekend work than in repvious years. However some late running and a few duds scuppered it being as productive as hoped but did manage to pick up 11111 on the 0908 Zurich – Basel (via Aaruu)

and 11300 storms into Baden working the 1224 Basel – Zurich IR.

Posted March 4, 2018 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Switzerland

West Slovakia Cargo Tour, Feb 2018

Another superb “Grumpy Railtours” operation through KZC taking 749259 from Prague across to Slovakia and a couple of days around Zilina where some juicy Slovak Cargo locos were booked to join the festivities. I was booked on the late Friday Stansted-Prague and the clock watching had begun long before a pair of 379s and EI-DCI finally got me away from work and into play!

KZC-749259-OLOMOUCSaturday morning and a pause at Olomouc to remove a coach (KZC positioning move) meant time for a quick phot and raid of Pontmark for some breakfast supplies. We had grabbed a compo in the tolerated ned section of the front coach and settled in to enjoy many hours of “bardotka” music for the next four days and suddenly all ills had been left at home…!

ZSSK-751112-MackovAfter reaching Zilina via the Horni Lidec route we had 751112 added to work in top and tail mode to Zwardon (well the signal outside) and Mackov where it is seen here. Shortly after this the unit departed and the floodlights were turned off which given the underfoot conditions wasn’t ideal for fifty people trying to pile back onboard with cameras and/or beers in hand!

KZC-749259-ZSSK-771054-RajecSunday morning, and it was a visit to the Rajec branch. The provided Chemelak was a loud 771054 (blowing my 770 loud / 771 stuffed theory up in the process) and is seen here during a double run-round with 749259 which was doing its best to warm the train up.

ZSSK-771054-Rajec771054 ready to return us from Rajec to Zilina, presumably its freight didn’t run on Sunday which allowed us to have it. The following two days it was heard making a racket as it departed Zilina presumably for Rajec again on the morning wagonload.

ZSSK-751191-Ruzomberok-Male751191 was doing the bulk of the days work and is seen here at the very end of the freight only branch to Ruzomberok Male (home of trolleydog!). This is a 2km stub of the former narrow gauge line to Korytnica (closed 1974) and passes right through town leading to some bemused locals as we trundled there and back.

ZSSK-751191-Medzibrodie-nad-OravouThe afternoon was taken to do table 181 to Trstena, in wintry conditions 751191 is seen at Medzibrodie nad Oravou after we had done the siding to the Siroka steelworks with a bonus scratch with their private lego brick 704 bringing us back atop 749259, just because they could be all accounts and I don’t think there were any complaints aomngst those on the train

ZSSK-751191-PodbielPhotostop at Podbiel further up the Trstena line, for a change the ever present CSD station floodlight was in the right place for a change!

ZSSK-751191-Oravsky-PozamokThe days dinner stop was at Oravsky Podzamok for a brewery visit albeit we hadn’t been quick enough to sign up so just popped to a local resturant and had plenty of time to grab some photos using improvised tripods. I really like this view of 751191 lit up nicely.

KZC-749259-Horna-StubnaDay three and 749259 at Horni Lidec in excellent conditions after climbing up from Diviacky. Not sure if ‘259 had any issues (the EH was being turned on and off a lot) but the driving was noticeably steady although the climbs en-route meant even this meant a decent amount of noise.

ZSSK-751204-PrievidzaOne we didn’t have – 751204 on the fueller at Prievidza

ZSSK-751047-Prievidza751047 at Prievidza during a short blast with it from Prievidza Yard to Nitrianske Pravno. Shame it couldn’t have stopped on for longer back up to Horna Stubna as I thought this one sounded really good and the driver was certainly up for it!

KZC-749259-Horni-LidecAfter completing a Prievidza – Horna Stubna – Zvolen – Banska Bystrica – Zilina circuit the previous day, all that was left for ‘259 to get us back to Prague on the Tuesday. Seen here just back into Czecho at Horni Lidec after running round ready to head down the branch to Bynlice. Due to a points failure we were the best part of ninety late from here through to Prague going via Brno, Jihlava and Kutna Hora. The inconsequential delay was about the only thing that wasn’t like clockwork for the four days, a superb tour spent with great company, cheers chaps!

 

 

Posted February 18, 2018 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Slovakia, Uncategorized