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Liben afternoon spell, Sep 2019

An afternoon peak hour in the usual spotters perch just to the north of Praha Liben as it was too hot to bother doing anything with the trains all in Friday wedge mode – the 1624 Zilina went past load 14 F & S!

130028 draws a rake of empties out of Liben yard which won’t be much of a challenge for it on the climb out of the city
In reaction to the long-term closure of the Negreli viaduct out of Masarykovo, the hauled Louny commuter starts from Liben instead, and the ECS is seen here shunting across for its 1617 departure, formed unusually of 714228 & 174227 top and tail vice the booked single “happy cow”
Slovak “Gorilla” 350016 drops down the bank on the 0940 Budapest – Praha running around 30L. This is better tahn our journey in the same train the previous day which had been 200+L when we bailed at Bratislava (but without complaint as we gained a Cargo goldfish!)
Regiojet 193206 was next on the 0745 Kosice – Praha. These locos will (well, say current plans) be displaced by a section order of yellow TRAXX (187 type to run as 388) from mid 2020, although I don’t think it would be much surprise to see them kept if Regiojet continue to expand.
ELL Vectron 193743 has spent much of the year on hire to the yellow team and is seen here nearing the end of its journey on the 1247 Bratislava – Praha. With this being a /7 rather than a /2 meaning it can go to basically most of Europe its hire was expected to be short term, obviously ELL didn’t need it to give to someone needing the extra countries! The red stripe on the front indicates that Italy is one of these.
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Posted October 6, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Saturday Zizkov Moring

With plans to head for an event at Benesov and a conveniently located hotel, it made sense to pop up the famous Zizkov steps where you can overlook the “new” bridge out of Praha Hlavni before it enters the long tunnel under Vitkov Hill. Slight misjudment of the shadows in September meant the “head on” shot from the viewpoint wasn’t on so we shuffled to the more sideways view for around half an hour…

KZC’s 749259 was off to Jicin, sounded much like “Mr Thrash” in the cab too!
Retro “gorilla” 151023 was a very helpful appearance on the 0824 Praha Zilina EC
Running a few minutes late just meters into its 686km journey with EC176, the 0832 Praha – Hamburg, placed in the hands of 193291 which will work throughout.
KZC’s second departure was 749006 trundling past with the 0835 Praha – Mseno. An unidentifed CD gorilla heads into Praha with a train likely to be from Hradec Kralove.

Posted September 24, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

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CZ July – Corpus Christi Weekend Diesels

749259 at Rakovnik after arriving with KZC’s 0909 from Praha via Beroun. It had run round its pair of Bmx trailers and pushed here to stable for the day.
When a steam ban drops something big out – 700001 recently fettled at Luzna was a very good choice to work a return to Beroun which is seen here at Rozotky u Krivoklatu pausing to cross a unit. With wooden boxes leading for the downhill trundle there wasn’t much to write home about…
Going back uphill on the 1612 Beroun – Luzna was much better! As there wasn’t a move to intercept ‘259 we leapt off at Mestecko u Krivoklatu for a unit back to Beroun – as the line twists and turns up the valley this just happened to be near perfect for a phot too
Next day was a more usual outing, taking 749006 on the Jicin then across to Turnov for a new class in 710866 on the 1332 Turnov – Semily ‘Ceskym Rajem’ summer working which this 50-year old shunter shares running dates with steam on, seen here leaving Zelzny Brod.
A couple of carts later and another Jicin afternoon photo of 749006 at Jicin prior to working the 1654 Praha. Due to engineering work on table 70, this was diverted from Vsetaty to Lysa n L where the train was combined with 749253 on the return Mseno back to Praha via Celakovice
Another summer grumpy tour that began cloudy, 749162 of IDS was the power of choice and is seen at Lomy Morina quarry, a few kms down a branch from Nucice. The jazzy stock was provided by train operator KDS, who are big fans of the paintbrush.
Passing back through Praha hl n and slight disapointment at not getting a clear run through the centre road was eased by this cheeky phot of 111035 from the corridior after it had brought in the stock of the 1145 Munich from Praha Jih CS.
Due to yet more can we/can’t we issues a number of sidings around Caslav where dropped from the itinerary and replaced by an evening run from Praha to Dobris and return which certainly suited the majority. 749162 at Dobris with some logs for company as ever!

Posted July 21, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

CZ July Day 1

Thursday before the Czech July holiday long weekend and we’d spotted a few things in the week that were worth a look. As there wasn’t a cloud to be seen went for an afternoon’s photting session too, partly avoid some very very wedged trains as half the country was on the move.

754061 is an elusive ‘goggle’ as its based at Decin for standby duties only. It however had been reported working a morning Rumburk – Kolin service and return, its seen here at Kolin adding a trailer to the rear of what would become the 0944 Kolin – Rumburk
151011 and loads LOTS storm through Chocen with the 0459 Warsaw Wsch – Praha. The Warsaw portion is somewhere in the middle, fresh air “Friday” coaches on the front (to go back Thursday before the holiday weekend) and all sorts further back too.
Due to engineering work between Hradec Kralove and Tyniste nad Orlici the branch from the latter down the mainline at Chocen was being worked by isolated locos. As it was new track was worth covering anyway so we went for a nose – spotting the 111 from the breakfast car of a fast gorilla – and doubling back to Chocen for this the 1257 departure to Tyniste nad Orlici.
111019 pausing at Cermna nad Orlici whilst working the 1257 Chocen – Tysnite nad Orlici.
371005 has avoided corporate colours and returned from overhaul at Prerov outshopped in the classes original red and cream. Nicely this still includes cast plates which are generally now replaced by stickers, sadly due to theft. Its seen here near Brandys nad Orlici working the 1231 Luhacovice – Praha semi-fast
362111 and just two suburban coaches are working the 1343 Brno – Chocen, which is one of very few hauled trains currently booked out of Brno Hlavni to the north.
Slovak Gorilla 350016 was entrusted to the 0940 Budapest – Praha, again seen near Brandys nad Orlici running around 45 late
Ex SNCB 1209, now refurbished by CZ Loko and on lease to CER Cargo as “365004”, heads west with a train of tanks. More of these locos are in service now with contracts signed for all of them to (eventually) be re-instated with private freight operators.
151019 comes through Brandys nad Orlici working the 1022 Krakow / 0822 Warsaw – Praha. Not sure what the random MAV coach mid-consist is, with an ex-OBB further back and the CD bar behind the loco it makes for a lovely rake to phot

Posted July 14, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Single Cab Diesels

Some photos of smaller diesel types from a recent quick trip. WordPress have changed their editor and it seems to particularly dislike images being entered individually so whilst I work out how it now works things might look a bit more scrappy!

721073 sitting at Bratislava on two empty sleeper vehicles, probably being taken around to Nove Mesto. In termperatures of around 30, the Velke Hektor was evidently a bit hot as the crew opened the grills on the offside!

714203 departs Hlucin on the 1636 to Opava Vychod with three wheelie bins in tow. I flagged it for a phot and direct bus back to Ostrava.
703044 at Mnichovo Hradiste on an early doors additional from Bakov n Jizerou to Turnov in connection with a Kolej Klub open day at Turnov depot.
This wasn’t in the plan! 714222 appearing vice 814 on the 0931 Liberic – Rovensko bikex at Turnov had to be taken as a winner
And my luck was in with 742383 vice goggle the train back, seen here after shunting to the reception line at Turnov having worked the 0840 ex Praha Vrsovice.

Peserved on Turnov depot is “Milka” 714001, which you’ll notice looks very different from those above. Its ex 735117 and was only rebuilt internally maintaining the larger body of the T466 donor. Unfortunately it is kaput!

Posted June 25, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Slovakia

Some Hektors…

Not a class I often fall onto photos of, let alone have, although a fair few plod about the place – 720s. Been a bit more forefront this year…

720139 of CD Museum trundles out of Praha hlavni on what I belive to be a Luzna to Olomouc stock move which it worked as far as Liben. Apr 2019.

This was a juicy bonus scratch off the spreadsheet! The Usti nad Labem to Zubrnice usual M131 cart had collapsed so the weekends services were in the hands of Strabag Rail 720567, an ex-industrial loco that there seems to be very little information about but now spends most of its time on pw trains. May 2019.

There is an annual Hektor working from Hradec Kralove towards Letohrad for some kind of mass walking and 720040 was doing the honors this year, seen shunting around Hradec prior to departure.

We bailed at Castolovice where the 720 is seen departing on the 0821 Hradec K – Litnice n Orlici special. We had the front coach to ourselves as all the normals decided to wedge themselves into the wooden boxes, unfortunately this specimin of Hektor is well and truly stuffed!

Zubrnice line again – but this one was known about. Due to the Spring Fayre at the top of the line and the DMU still being broke, Posazavaky Pacific’s 720108 and two Balm trailers were in use all weekend. They had previously advertised their wooden box M131 plus “heritage” 810 combo so this was somewhat more impressive!

720108 after bringing the 1210 from Usti Strekov up the hill. Line is well worth doing if hauled and convenient, this trip can be made off either morning KZC departure and then get back to Mseno for the return too with only minimal cart mileage to Mseno itself.

 

Posted May 18, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

New Years Czech/German

After a gorilla powered transit from a few days in Slovakia seen previously….

380017 currently carries an advertising livery “Kometa Express” in connection with the Brno Ice Hockey team who (wikipedia tells me) are the most successful Czech Ice Hockey outfit. Its seen on arrival at Praha with the 0540 Budapest – Praha which, note, will have passed through Brno on its way. Well to a point, all EC services are again diverted away from Brno Hlavni via Brno Dolni for the 2019 timetable period due to (yes!) engineering work around Brno.

This was awfully nice of CD and the local cranks. 754048 is an elusive Trutnov “reserve” goggle however it had been reported asworking with an 854 on a Kolin to Rumberk train. It worked as far as Ceska Lipa before detaching from that, fetching a demic 854016 and then putting itself on the front of 854005 (rear) on the 1114 Rumberk-Kolin which i was able – thanks to some superb spreadsheet updating! – to intercept at Nymburk and have ‘048 to Kolin. It was then ready to provide a shove to the 1442 Kolin – Trutnov to get itself and its sickly 854 friend back to depot.

The New Years Eve specials between Vimperk and Strakonice are usually hauled by a 749 however this year it was announced that KDS had been hired to provide motive power which meant quality thrash was not in the offering. As I was in the area anyway there didn’t seem a great deal to be gained elsewhere by flagging it so it was an early start for 750202 on the 0620 Strakonice – Vimperk (service train) which had the GTW single car cart tagged on the back of the formation for the charters.

Kobova Hut is just 13km from Vimplerk however its a constant climb and the conditions were totally different. 730624 was on the other end and seen here before leading the descent on the 0842 Kubova Hut to Vimperk. It was cold.

Slightly different angle of the 730 with the Silverstr shenanigans going on behind it. This was a new class for me and 730624 was originally delivered to CSD as a infrastructure loco at Plzen, hence the /6 numbering with just a small class of 19 going into CSD capital stock itself albeit with a fleet of 62 similar Class 731s following.

750202 at Vimperk prior to working the 0940 to Kubova Hut.

754064 at Domazlice after working the 1418 commuter from Plzen. Forward into Germany on ALX for New Years Eve itself

After 101123 started 2019 with a winner from Regensburg to Nuremburg for a shiny 147/5 across to Stuttgart, double stamps 218443 & 218432 were welcome on the 0726 Dortmund – Innsbruck (30L) which is booked “rabbit” from Stuttgart to Lindau

A welcome case of right time, right place was 218836 leading 218436 back from Goppingen on the 0854 Innsbruck-Dortmund. An unusual outing for the Stuttgart standby 218/8 presumably after 218451 had gone sick the previous day as it was then swapped out and ‘836 straight back to the thunderbird siding.

Due to yet another case of Flirt deathtraps being unavailable, Eurobahn were using a vice set between Dusseldorf and Hamm, with 145088 seen at Duisburg on the 0745 ex Dusselsdorf. Despite appearing to be a bog standard German registered early traxx this loco has a wandering history having been originally delivered to some Swiss private outfit as 486656 (usual Swiss nonsense numbering then) who duly went bankrupt and the loco was purchased by SBB becoming their 48100. In yet another case of silliness however it was then modified for SBB’s use in Germany which barred it from Switzerland!! After arrival of a later batch of Traxx which could manage to work in both countries, the batch of six 481s were sold to MRCE and entered the Dispolok pool, taking their German LZB 145xxx numbers in the process. Again displaced by newer multi-system locos MRCE sold them again with 145088 passing to SRI, a small leasing company who lend it to all sorts of privateers.

Posted January 13, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Germany