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Late August Trip – German, Czech and Austrian Bits

All over the place this one – Friday to Monday of a long weekend to cover the DR 107 tour, which thanks are due to European Traction for the gen and in particular that it wasn’t all that hard to cover something that as far as I could tell went from one inaccesible field to another. Started in Hamburg after a post-work flight from Manchester, ended in Munich via Czech Republic and a few hours transit in Austria.

One of the more talked about summer 2017 workings was the use of pairs of 218s on the 06.55 Hamburg – Berlin IRE, reportedly due to use of a non-electrified route between Stendal and Berlin (which parallels the mainline) being a possibility due to SLW on the mainline. You can guess what happened most of the time and we had 218387 and 218484 under the wires throughout with a dead 182021 on the rear. Still not to complain at a long, fast mainline run on a decent load with these “real” bunnies.

Crowdfunded Open-Access outfit “Locomore” make a welcome return having been purchased/bailed out by Leo Express of Czech Disastercart fame, but here is a far more acceptable 182517 (now carrying Swedish number 242517) getting underway from Berlin Hbf on the final leg of its 0655 from Stuttgart. The train was wedged, hopefully this company can keep going with larger parent backers now?

Ex DR 107018 – last survivor of twenty built for the Germans – now owned by German privateers Railsystems, on its annual railtour outing from Schwarzenburg with CD Nostalgia’s 720145* as partner. This is at Streda or at least somewhere on the route from Karlovy Vary to Rakovnik. ‘145 was shut down by now, as its silenced this mattered little!

Well its one place to terminate a railtour I suppose. CD 720145 & DR 107018 at the metropolis of Chysne having depositied five coach of normals there for four hours. The ‘town’ as it was a mile or so’s hike and only one of 500ish inhabitants and looked about as exciting as the shack. We were on the next 810 to bounce out of dodge, felt a bit sorry for the few old dears who were not up to the walk and were clearly going to spend all afternoon admiring the coaches!

Quite helpfully, the 810 from Crysne dropped us into Rakovnik nicely onto the KZC turn, 749006 doing the honours. Due to some more Czech SLW on the mainline after Beroun the last few miles were most entertaining as the Prague man was in a rush to get home!

Now unusual track for these old girls, 242213 at Rybnik after arrival from Ceske Bud, August 2017 and on a very real rake of stock. This was vice Taurus and cityshuttle set, due to engineering work between Rybnik and Linz which meant it was all off for a bus here (unless you were off to play 210s on the branch that is!)

However due to going to play on 210s, we did have to suffer the bus from Rybnik to be able to get to the hotel in Munich! It was fairly painless in fairness and helpfully dropped us straight onto 1142 564 at Linz working the 1821 to Bad Aussee which we were able to take to Wels for a couple of Railjets west.

Not a huge amount going at Munich but the evening peak did kick out winner 111201 on the 1616 Augsburg P train which was taken in time honoured fashion to Pasing where it is seen awaiting the tip

MRCE’s 189924 was provided for the afternoon Meridian kickout turn and seen awaiting departure of the 1711 Munich – Kufstein. So its a loco working a meridian service, operated by Lokomotion, owned by MRCE and with TXL branding – hope thats clear to everyone!!


Posted September 18, 2017 by redcow87015 in Austria, Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Germany

Lipno 210 Party 27 August

I awoke on this Sunday with no idea what move to do. 749121 wasn’t out and the only loud working would be 749107 too late in the day as we had to end in Munich. So I decided I’d start with the others heading south on the 0732 Praha – Ceske Bud as far as Tabor where they would cover the 720. Whilst wandering through the journey planner to check engineering work I noticed that the Rybnik to Lipno branch appeared to be running a gala timetable. Knowing that last year an event there had led to a 210 gala, decided to head down and see – it was on the way to Linz anyway if needed. From Bud I had the bonus of 242213 down to Rybnik as the usual OBB sets were not running as the line was closed beyond Rybnik, departing Ceske Bud I peered into the shed to see if uniquely liveried – and my last Plzen 210 for haulage – 210058 was anywhere to be seen. Couldn’t see it which with 210021 as station pilot I knew the odds of 058 being out were fairly good IF my educated guess that five 210s would be down the branch was accurate!

Arrived at Rybnik spot on time after having now unusual 242 track and 210057 was just detaching from its usual branch set. I took this up to Vyssi Brod where, although I was fairly confident, hoped that the other sets would be 210s…

First up 210057 is seen running round ready to work the 1104 Rybnik to Vyssi Brod on the usual service train rake. This was shuffling in the booked paths as far as Vyssi Brod, presumably to maintain mainline connections.

Just beyond Vyssi Brod, 210058 round the corner working the 1120 Lipno – Vyssi Brod. This is the only 210 to carry the modern CD livery and a truly welcome sight as having been re-instated to traffic in 2016 was a massive slotter.

210039, one of the Ceske Bud regulars, was on the other end of ‘058s shuttle set and is seen here at Lipno on arrival of the 1147 from Vyssi Brod, decanting lots of canoes straight from the stock down to the river on the right – the ballast leaps being made from the full brake were quite impressive!

Even for Czech I was a bit withered when the answer to running out of space for canoes inside the train was to strap them to the front and back of the 210!! 210058 is tailing 210039 at Certova Stena on the 1257 Vyssi Brod – Lipno. This usually deserted shack was a hive of activity with an entire platform of canoes lined up for each northbound train!

A short walk to the south of Certova Stela, 210059 heads for Vyssi Brod on the 1306 ex Lipno. Despite both being pans up, the back engine didn’t power on these trains – 210045 in this instance.

And here is said 210045 arriving back at Certova Stela on the 1331 off Vyssi Brod.

210058 at Vyssi Brod working the 1450 Lipno – Ceske Bud which was the first shuttle set heading back off the branch so presumably the boating was about finished.

Interrogating various wallpaper during the day managed to work out that it was a ‘MS Rafting’ event (even though most were in canoes) for just this Saturday and Sunday so I had really struck lucky on what was just a transit day pencilled in for 749121 – if that had worked I probably wouldn’t even have known the 210 party was taking place and a most enjoyable, riotous day!

Working were:

210057 working load two normal rake (half brake plus decker)

210039 & 210058 and 210045 & 210059 extra shuttle sets (full brake and decker)

With 210021 station pilot at Bud and 210055 on shed likely on the booked early and late diagram at Bud I think that was all of Plzen’s 210 allocation accounted for.

Posted August 30, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Czech Rep August 2017

Back to Czech Republic again, just for a Friday-Sunday this time though. You can probably guess what the main attraction was…!


A very corporate selection of CD ‘boxes’ at the north end of Praha hlavni, on the left Plzen’s 362083 is working a Ceske Bud – Praha Holesovice service, Ceska Trebova’s own 163244 was my winner lined up on the 1007 Praha – Trutnov whilst Brno had provided 362040 for the 1004 Praha – Krizanov (should be Brno, but digging on T250 sees it terminating short)


Spent the afternoon hovering around the Prague – Ceska Trebova mainline which meant by my standards a fair few freight phots – here 122021 in all over light blue draws a rake of empty cartics into the centre road at Pardubice.


A little later and Unipetrol’s 121056 looking more modern than its 1960 vintage is at a stand undertaking a crew change again at Pardubice


There seems to be an ongoing issue with the usual railjet 1216/2s, OBB red 1216 226 was one of three out and was caned in in the 1448 Praha – Graz, seen here at Ceska Trebova


The light finally opened up by late afternoon, 123025 poses at Trebova with a take of box wagons forming part of the Great-European-Log-Merry-Go-Round.


An early start to scratch this Hektor 720003 to Vysocany working a 0531 Benesov – Tanvald charter/adex/stock move. It was going to work around an event at the Zubacka Tanvald Rack Railway with their own Hektor which I half-planned to do, but in the end didn’t go up there. The lure of the main event was far stronger than for shunters!


I do like the look of these Regiojet Vectrons. 193227 gets the 0719 Praha – Bratislava away. Hopefully I’ll get back for my remaining winners (including this) before they are replaced by Traxx during 2018


Slovakia also seem to be having a bit of a loco farce by the number of 362s working 350 diagrams into Prague. Blue 362011 looks good rolling into Vrsovice on the front of the ECS off the Humenne overnight including UZ and CD bedwagons behind the loco


Next ECS arrival was CD Gorilla 151019 off the 0423 Stare Mestu u H – Praha this time making a nice contrast with the Slovak stock


I make no excuses for this loco making another appearance on this site! The dated Saturday 0827 Prague Vrsovice – Turnov “Ceske Raj” trip produced the mighty 749121 rather than the rostered museum engine and after a good run is seen here at Turnov after running round and parking up for the afternoon. We’d been a 30L start perhaps due to a stock farce with the CD compo coach replacing one of the heritage opens. Very comfy it was to to enjoy the mornings run which is routed from Prague along the mainline via Cesky Brod, then the Nymburk avoider, Jicin and Turnov Mesto.


As it happens, Turnov on a Saturday offers a 714 diagram, 714219 doign the honours seen here arriving at Turnov on the 11.14 Korenov to Rovensko pod Troskami formed of two “wheelie bin” single axle trailers. If that wasn’t daft enough on arrival the loco runs round and propels into the depot to reverse and access the line to Rovensko!


I wasn’t risking the nervy plus six off the Tanvald goggle onto 749121s return 1641 Turnov – Praha, although it did make but as seen here the 749 left first as (after reversal) we head towards Jicin as 754007 gets away from Turnov with the 1552 Tanvald – Vrsovice


749121 at Vrsovice after being given a good work out on the return from Turnov.


Clearly this isn’t my photo as it is 749121 going past! James Hawkes kindly provides this view of 749121 back on its booked turn on the Sunday morning, getting away from Jarov with the 0922 Praha – Cercany via Vrane nad Vlatou. I was naturally on the train and this run was more entertaining than the stagger I’d been led to believe the route is. Its taken me long enough to get round to doing it mind!


Back from Cercany in far, far less entertaining style with silenced 749264* on the 1106 Cercany – Praha, seen here at Jihlove waiting for a unit to come the other way.


Another class that may not have that long left are the seven CD 371s for work into Germany, with Vectrons due in December which will work through to Berlin and Hamburg. Maybe the 371s will gain other work, but in case not here is 371001 having arrived with an EC, I think it was a late running 0603 Berlin – Praha.

Posted August 10, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Czech Rep, July 2017

Spare Saturday and Sunday after the 751001 tour before a stock move back to Prague with 749008 Monday. Its Czecho in the summer so there was plenty to go at, we were planning around covering a 720 first and foremost as that was a nice new class for my book…

Surprised the CD engineers haven’t called the police, trains are running between Brno and Jihlava!!! We headed out on 750711 on the 0720 Brno – Plzen which waited, and waited, in this field for 750704 to eventually come round the corner on the 0613 Ceske Bud – Brno

Near on 1300 and finally time to get off the 0720 Brno – Plzen at Strakonice having enjoyed a very shiny 242212 complete with blue pans from Jihlava to Bud where this proper coloured 242226 re-engined to work forward to Plzen. For 2017’s secondary trains in Europe these are certainly high up in the real stakes even if Strakonice is a rebuilt station!

242244 took me the 23km back to Protivin on the 1202 Plzen – Brno. Seen here awaiting a connecting unit it really, really needs a number plate putting back on the front to improve its looks in this varient of the livery. In the bar opposite we did discuss how many times this Plzen workhorse is likely to have seen this bit of track since delivery, many many thousand no doubt and I doubt bar the colours very much in this view has changed.

New Class Alert! Czech outfit Railway Capital run this private trip every Saturday and Sunday until the end of August across line 201 as the “Vlak na Písek” with 720097 in charge of some old Vienna – Bratislava balcony bellowing stock (presumably found in a farmers field, fair enough) and a bike van. The ching is under £2 for the 60km run of around 90 mins and this sort of thing is well worth supporting if you are in the area.

Drop on alert! Not happy with just the 720, we had recieved word that KZC’s Posázavský motoráček DMU diagram wasn’t very DMUey today. So having opened the 740 book the previous day it was then doubled with 740692 from Cercany to Prague, shockingly it seemed a better option than the ‘rancid trunk’ EMU to the right…!

Drop On and New Class Alert, sound the klaxons!!! Due yet another Regiojet loco farce they had got really desperate and turned to this 1957 survivor, 140097 of Arriva which had been hired in that morning for a two day wander and it is seen arriving into Pardubice on the 0930 Havirov – Praha. Now, given the 140 is a 2725hp, 120kmh (says wikipedia) monster and these trains are timed for 4500+hp, 160kmh Class 162s I will take guesses on how late it was. Czech, where even decimating the Prague mainline timetable doesn’t matter if its a cranky move, absolutely hellfire!!

749008 at Praha Liben after a great run from Brno Zidenice via the mainline, about to start raining a lot but I think they just got the loco and stock on depot beforehand. CD Nostalgia reverting to providing the goods for both Tisnov and the tours hopefully went as well as it seemed to, good show all round.

Standard bin lorry move to the airport, 714216 at Velalsavin on the 1649 Praha Bubny – Stredokluky. The viaduct to Masarykovo over the river is closed for the another big CD dig so all these turns now start at either Bubny or Bubny-Vlatavska, a DIY shack they’ve banged together outside Vlatavska Metro for the foreseeable. Next up was the 119 bus and one of the purple lots finest back to Luton and a trudge to work the next morning.

This was a three part trip…

Part 1 – Tisnov SPP Event Thurday

Part 2 – 751001 Railtour Friday

Posted July 27, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

“The Oslavany Oscillator” Railtour July 2017

Another Superb day out courtesy of Schwartz with 751001 being the main tour loco assisted by two shunters and we wandered around Southern Moravia.

The day had rudely started very wet but the clouds were ligting nicely by the time we arrived at Moravsky Krumlov, heading down secondary routes from Brno. We stopped here to pass a DMU before heading further south.

Not long after the above and we had CEZ’s 740754 attached to the rear to take us down the Dukovany Power Station branch, with 751001 giving plenty of banking assistance. We reached the entrance gates at the other end of the branch, quite good enough for me as its a nuclear power station and I was already glowing enough from the previous days sunburn!

Hrusovavy nad Jevisovkou now pausing alongside a 742 whilst acquiring the paperwork for the closed Hevlin branch. When we got there and the run round loop was covered in equipment for a local woodcutter I briefly hoped the 742 might have followed us to work back, but no we just propelled. By the time we got back here we’d dropped an hour due to the (clearly untimetabled) stagger up the branch and back.

We’d sacked off the Hustopec branch due to late running to ensure it was still light for what I’m sure was many peoples highlight, the Brno street running from Dolni down to BVV Sidings at the exhibition centre down the main road. A late replacement for the previously planned 748 (BDZ 55 type) was 714028 – a touch dissapointing but just doing the street running more than made up for it! The 714 is seen here during the turnaround. It had hammered down just as we arrived into Brno adding to the effect.

751001 at Brno BVV ready to take us all back to Brno Dolni. We’d actually planned to go forward to Kralove Pole but leapt off when it became clear a prolonged wait for a path was occuring at Dolni to return to the mainline.

And here is one we didn’t have, 749254 resting on Brno Dolni depot in the last light.

Tour Details – Grumpy Railtours The Osslavany Oscillator 07/07/17:

751001: Brno Kralove Pole – Brno Dolni – Moravske Branice – Oslavany (rev) – Moravske Branice (rev) – Raksice

740754: Raksice – Dukovany Power Station (751001 assisting in rear)

751001: Dukovany – Hrusovany nad Jevisovkou – Hevlin (rev, propel) – Hrusovany nad Jevisovkou (rev) – Breclav (rev) – Kuty (rev) – Holic – Hodonin – Zajeci – Brno Dolni

714028: Brno Dolni – Porici Ulice (Street Running) – Brno BVV

751001: Brno BVV – Porici Ulici – Brno Dolni (-Tisnov)

Stock: CD Museum load 4 compos

10/10 😀


Posted July 17, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Tisnov SPP, July 2017

Its back!!! After a few years of either not running or not having trains of interest some changes in CD’s headquarters have seen a revival of the early July Slavnosti Pernštejnského panství event at Pernstejn castle (Nedvedice) on the secondary route between Tisnov and Zdar. 2017 saw two days of running albeit I could only make the second, missing out on the first days activities (main day for normals) including two steam specials with 751/735 assistance.

So then, Thursday 7 July…

At long last!! ZSSK 350003 finally puts the last line in my Slovak Gorilla book, having taken a lot of time and effort my luck was in with ‘003 appearing on the EC circuit a few days previously and the follow on put it on the 0610 Bratislava – Praha, which as it happened was available on a ned leap across Brno from Dolni to Zidenice due to ongoing engineering work at Brno Hlavni. I wasn’t particuarly expecting it to stick knowing how these things work but stick it did and my day was off to a great start in the morning sun at Brno Zidenice waiting for my 242 forward.

After arrival at Tisnov there was just time for a phot of 242247 waiting departure time with the 0832 to Modrice

My machine from Zidenice had been a shiny 242260, seen here just after running round at Tisnov.

Always superbly turned out, 751002 (749008 on rear) 0934 Tisnov to Zdar. These are service trains with the usual two car 814 DMU replaced for the day, a superbly restored set of CD Compos being a rather stark step up in standards. 751002 was very good compared to previous occasions when its been driven gently, the flags even got a workout!

Quick change of ends at Zdar as they had added additional runs up the hill from Zdar to Nove Mesto and back in the usual turnaround time. Where I say 749008, they do appear to have removed the EH equipment and put a steam pipe on which would make it a 751 again but I presume it’s just cosmetic for the many Czech photters.

751002 at Zdar in nice evening light after arriving on the 1708 from Nove Mesto. The grumpies had worked two full round trips to Tisnov and two Zdar-Nove Mesto’s by the end of the day. The pointwork specialists were staying aboard for the shunt to the other platform…

…754059 was a bonus scratch for me, with the 1740 Zdar to Brno (weekend train running on Bank Holiday) – 749008 & 751002 were attached to the rear as far as Nove Mesto with all three locos powering!

Posted July 13, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Czech Again (March 2017)

Another few days spent chasing after real trains, first around Plzen and then in what will be little surprise to some a little outing from Prague with an old friend!

754078 arrives at the rural Hamry-Hojsova Straz working the 1245 Zelezna Ruda – Praha. The Klatovy ‘goggle’ diagrams are back down to three between the seasons, guess which of their four locos didn’t work!

242220 storms into Horazdovice with an afternoon Ceske Bud to Plzen R train. This line remains almost entirely in the hands of these classic skodas and proper stock…real!

242208 at Plzen after arriving on another Bud semi-fast

Winner! 242279 was kicked out of the Plzen whirlpool on Thursday morning, seen at Nepomuk working the 1008 Plzen – Horazdovice local. Well worth loosing a few hours spinning around Praha, this took me to seventy of the eighty-six CD 242s built.

Oh look! Recent CD reinstatement to Vrsovice stock, 749121 at Stredokluky after working the 1637 commuter from Masarykoco. This is a new turn which services a massive Amazon development beyond Hostivice as is usually a goggle, but ‘121 had been fixed by NFP Railtours…

749121 at Turnov of the 1552 Tanvald – Praha Vrsovice. Hopefully this loco (and 749107) will have plenty of work this summer on Vrsovice turns, although it and its classmates are already putting severe dents in my annual leave! 121 was superb. DO NOT MISS OUT!

Posted April 6, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding