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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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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

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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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