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Time for a quick trip – NFP Railtour with two days of superb thrash with Hanzalik’s 749262 around the north of the country out of Usti nad Labem.
After flying in we didn’t do a great deal, appearing to cover the evening 714s out of Masarykovo. 714228 on the 1602 to Kladno was taken as far as Velaslavin. These trains were all full length trailers rather than the ‘bubble’ ones on previous visits. Perhaps a winter thing as there was plenty snow around.
749262 at Chrastany – there was a photo stop here awaiting a 814 DMU to pass overhead. We couldn’t be doing with waiting for that so had a snowball fight instead.
Day 2 and there was plenty of sun but the snow was thawing quickly on lower ground. Here ‘262 pauses at Kastnice awaiting a path forward after we’d done the closed line to Kadansky Rohozec. We’d been circling the Kadan area power stations all morning but would now head south and west.
At Bochov, another closed branch which had been a superb climb up from Protivec. The amount of lying snow here posed a couple of difficulties getting to/from the train and photo locations!
So a spare Monday before flying back meant that a couple of Praha moves were in order – 163234 is one of now few electrics in old colours and had worked into Praha on a Trutnov service. Then off to the airport which saw a very shiny 714220 picked up on the 1618 Praha-Rakovnik to Dejvice where it is seen, for another 714 to Velaslavin and the local bus to the airport.
Saturday 1 October – and the Czechs’ were throwing some shindig at Olomouc which offered the promise of some tasty ‘grumpy’ action with three loud 749/751s booked out. There were additionals running from both Brno and Veseli n M up to Olomouc, then a further round trip between Olomouc and Domaslov on the line towards Opava. Some chuff was also involved but I elected to scoop a pair of 163s whilst that was boiling up.
751010 standing in for an AWOL 751001 at Vyskov na Morave working the 0802 Brno – Olomouc Additional. It was detached here from the goggle and 0802 Brno – Frenstadt service train that it had been pushing from Brno! The 721 on the right was also working some charter, it all happens in CZ…
The open day was a rather cramped affair and required far more patience than I have to get any real phots, here is Hanzalik’s (silenced) 749263 inside the shed. This was an unexpected appearance, working with 751010 between Prostejov and Olomouc in both directions. I can only assume Mr Hanzalik, being Czech, wanted in on the T478.1 action, and who could blame him?!
749250 at Domalsov after a superb run up the hill from Olomouc. This loco is basically now the local pet and only gets out a few times a year but it is still an absolute animal on the volume front. Sorry about the phot being naff mind!
749265 (silent) at Domaslov ready to take us back to Olomouc in a rather different fashion to ‘250s ascent. I believe this one still sees use around Sumperk vice 750’7 occasionally.
751010 at Olomouc ready to return to Brno…
… with 749263 ready to assist on the rear
Having done ‘010 in the morning, I took 751002 back on the 1608 Olomouc to Veseli nad Moravou Additional which is seen here on arrival before being shunted to its home in the roundhouse.
As part of “Czech Team Olympics” taking place in a few venues across country whilst the proper Olympics take place in Rio, the Rybnik – Lipno line is holding an ABSOLUTE GALA of shuttles with 210s everywhere!
We actually fell into thi as were planning to be in the part of the world anyway, and turned up on the second day. There were no fewer than six 210s on passenger service, plus one as station pilot at Bud. The usual two local turns, plus two sets top and tail through from Ceske Bud which came down in the morning to work shuttles between Vyssi Brod and Lipno all day before returning to Bud late evening. Being a Friday, there was also an overnight but given the deckers we didn’t fancy the 0245 Lipno – Ceske Bud, however much of a riot it may have been! Although the weather wasn’t great as the stock was all deckers which might not have been great had it been 30+ degrees to be honest.
210021, 210023 (on loan from Brno), 210039, 210045, 210057 & 210059 were all out on the day. Sadly 210058 stayed spare on Bud but that was made up for in some ways with a cheeky shunt behind 210055…
Captions on the photos, and yes I am miles behind on getting stuff uploaded. Made a start on some of the BG pages in fairness mind!
Non-Profit Railtours “The Longest Day” and associated 749/751 action… An absolutely superb few days with many many km’s behind these locos of the loud variety that didn’t miss a beat despite the high temperatures, reasonable load and agressive driving technique – yes, even through Slovakia!
Sat: 749253+751010 Ceske Kamenice to Praha KZC Additional (for some local event, free)
Sun: 749006 Praha Vrsovice to Tanvald and return (service train vice goggle, fixed)
Tue-Thu: NFP Railtour, 749259 assisted by ZSSK’s 751035, 752023 & 752046
Sat: 749259 Praha – Beroun. KZC service to Rakovnik that runs every week with 253 or 259 if you need a 749 fix. It was too hot to spend five hours at Rakovnik for me so I headed east to ned around Plzen instead.
Photos before/around/after the tour (incl the 770 trip) will hopefully be posted soon!
Finally, the middle of March saw the 2016 European book opened! Started off in Czech Republic for a few days, just doing Prague and Plzen before heading to Austria via Bud. Had planned to do the Klatovy 754s but flooding closed that line and also digging between Plzen and Bud on the Monday curtailed 242 moves so I re-hashed a bit in the end!
Captions on here at upload for a change, I will try and get the rest of the week (OBB and SZ) up in good time! Adding a few phone photos where I’m too lazy to dig the camera now as well, so will see how that goes…
Four day trip to partake in a couple pf grumpy tours and a quick play on CD. This country never disappoints!
Flew to Brno to spend an afternoon playing on the 242s with another one scratched off as ‘285 was kindly provided. Sunday was a transit day to Prague where 749006 dropped out vice DMU on the afternoon Bud turn, so that was an enjoyable evening truly sorted!
Monday was NFP charter day with IDS’s 749162 and may be the best tour I’ve ever done. SUPERB. Tuesday then up to get 749259 on a positioning move from Lysa n Labem to Sumperk which we took to Ceska Trebova where it was RA Prague and then Luton. Despite the load 1 this was also a good thrash and after last years bowl out for the loco a real bonus as we didn’t know about it when booking flights.
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!