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Slovakia April 2017

Slovakian Trip, built around having a loco that is tricky to nail on advertsied passenger working – the Slovak Museum grumpy 751201 which runs under the Albatross Klub banner. It was advertised as working Bratislava – Kosice for the Rusnoparade 2017 open day, out from Bratislava Friday and back Monday, so we’d have the weekend around Kosice. It didn’t quite work out like that, but the trip delivered plenty of goodies.

After working via Previdza, Horna Stubna and Zvolen, 751201 takes a breather at Brezno with the 0817 Bratislava – Kosice Charter. At this stage the layers we’d packed for the forecast snow seemed wasted!

ZSSK-751201-Červená-SkalaWe soon climbed into some fair snow coverings however, 751201 here at Červená Skala on the line from Zvolen to Kosice via Margecany. Just a single wheelie bin trailer for company at this lonely location, waiting to cross a goggle before the climb up to Telgart.

Deep snow at Mylinky, sadly the light had just about died as we awaited a unit before proceeding east.

Advertised around the open day was a Kosice – Mezdev trip, CRW’s 742193 was kicked out on some wooden four wheelers. We confused the staff by only going as far as Molsdava – to be honest it was long enough in that stock – for a goggle back. Would have been nice to do the closed branch, but a silent loco and wedged wooden seats were off-putting enough!

750300, 150224 and 163104 make a colourful line up on Kosice depot. ‘300 is one of now few passenger 750s in Slovakia, most being rebuilt to 757s, we hoped it would kick out on a Sunday extra, needless to say it didn’t!

One of the open day stars was Slovak ‘M62’ 781312, freshly back in action after twenty odd years demic after starring in “Peacemakers” film with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman – at least we could understand that being blazed over the PA. Sadly the M62 – like other exhibits – didn’t work passenger trains though. Amusingly Hungarian outfit CRS had tried to send 47375 – it was in the programme – but the duff was AWOL having yet again failed to get off Keleti shed!

163106 at Kosice after working 1642 ex Presov. You can just make out the 5-car 460 EMU tagged on the rear – this train works throughout in tandem.

Wasn’t a lot to go on Sunday afternoon, so took of to take some photos. Typically the freight decided to take a couple of hours off, so here is 362003 approaching Margecany with the 1432 (SuO) Bratislava – Kosice, load 14

The other way, Regiojet 162112 flies through with the 0744 Praha – Kosice. The yellow team have now ordered a load of Traxx so the days of Czech power on these trains are numbered.

‘Bent Goggle’ 757025 rests before going out on the 1601 Kosice – Humenne.

721030 sits at Kosice – sadly not on a short passenger working – but a couple of coaches shunted off one of the overnights. We’d just flagged the return tour as it was 350001 with the 751 dead on rear – told you it was a difficult loco to have! I’d have to offer caution to anyone booking with Albatross Klub, particuarly if its advertised as diesel under the wires, apparently the electric use is free so saves a tank of fuel, cranks be damned…

This wasn’t in the script! Sulking on our 361 south, we rolled into Zilina to see scabby Cargo box 363099 on a local so bailed off rather rapidly! Seen at Varin on the 1334 Zilina – Poprad stopper. Changed the plan and stayed around here for the afternoon.

757014 rolls into Vrutky looking very corporate with the 1334 Banska Bystrica to Ostrava Svinov. Goggle would work to Zilina for an electric forward, and return on the opposite working which we duly scooped in.

Transitted across to Brno for the flight home, wasn’t expecting this to run up between 242 moves. KZC’s 749259 approaches Tisnov with a OHL test car, it dropped a few staff off and then erupted north in fine style 🙂

Couldn’t resist a 242 phot! 242268 at Tisnov after wotkung

Posted May 2, 2017 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia

*RARE* Field Standing Action

Being somewhat lazy and most content with platform phots, it generally requires something of significant interest to make me dash to a lineside location. As there is no danger of me getting most of this trip (or the one before) uploaded any time soon, here is one of those occurrences:

ZSSK_751047-751035-751084-Tucianska

Between Goggle (and an 810) leaps along Table 170, my sunbathing at Turčianske Teplice was disrupted by the sighting of a freight being recessed at Diviaky at the bottom of the hill. Once it got the road there was no doubt it was something worth my time – 751047, 751035 and 751084 making a fine racket drawing a cement train up the bank heading south towards Horna Stubna.

Posted August 28, 2016 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia

Czech Rep March 2016

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…

Posted March 29, 2016 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Slovakia

August “Summer” Holiday: Slovakia

A much needed full week away! There will be a couple of parts to this as I managed to take quite a few photos, by my standards anyway, and as we did a whistlestop tour there is enough variety to (hopefully) keep it interesting.

First stop off the plan was Slovakia, where a bash was well overdue. We had Saturday afternoon through to Monday evening and the name of the game was to concentrate on the classic Laminatka “goldfish” which I really do rate, and pick up whatever else was available between them. Managed a decent haul, although the Monday peak could have gone better, a case of the wrong move (but it was all blind!) Thoroughly enjoyable storming around on the goldfish and with the number of station bars even deckcharing wasn’t exactly a chore! The weather had somewhat blown up by Monday lunchtime so our next move into Hungary was in a fast taxi rather than the planned walk over the Danube… to follow!

Posted August 27, 2015 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia

Czech Rep

A long overdue, and very brief visit back to Czech. Despite yet ANOTHER railtour disaster a very enjoyable few days, the dejection being wiped out by a superb run with 749121 and its seriously whipped driver – a top man

 

Posted April 14, 2014 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Slovakia

August 2013 – 2) Slovakia

From Belgium, headed off to Slovakia for a few days, one day largely around Zvolen covering the Goggles on local turns and then onto Bratislava to hit the remaining 240 “goldfish” diagrams. For me at least these locos must be some of the most interesting left in European squadron passenger service with their unique looks and as they pop and roar around southern Slovakia.

Posted August 27, 2013 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Slovakia

Slovakia (and some German) June 2012

A five day outing to cover the Slovak Rendez event

We flew out late on Thursday to Leipzig on Ryananir in order to cover a Nohab tour around Magdeburg on Friday. True to form this was duly caped a week or so before, Plan B was to cover the MRCE Taurus Halle-Eisenach workings and see what else (trabbi, trabbi or trabbi) we could pick up around Halle, Leipzig and Dresden before taking EN477 overnight to Bratislava.

The Rendez Open Day at Bratislava Vychod and associated tours produce a tour with newly Slovak-owned 749248 on Saturday and the louder ZSSK Cargo 751033 on Sunday. Spent some time around these getting some 240 “goldfish” in the book – these must be among the most interesting electrics left in Europe.

Monday and Tuesday spare before flying back – did a bit of exploring to pick up goldfish and goggles around Zvolen and Nove Zamky although most of our plans fell apart with a few rather spectacular bowl-outs occurring…

Posted July 1, 2012 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Germany, Slovakia