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:
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.
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…
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!
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
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.
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…