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.

 

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

Spot the Difference!

IDS operate two of these old girls in Czech Republic, one is ex BDZ 43523 and the other is ex CD 242263. The new numbers do not tell you anything accurate of the locos past, put both are seen here parked at Hodonin in April 2019 with a couple of giveaways visible.

 

The ex BDZ locos are detailed over here, everything else is CD no matter what the number or platform 5 publications say!

Posted April 28, 2019 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

87s Abroad Abroad -2

Just in case Bulgaria wasn’t exotic enough for a retirement party, the fleet of sevens based there also manage to work onto other foreign soils…

Romania

Whilst BZK are part owned by Romanian GFR, any obvious international working from Ruse is stopped by the lack of an electrified route over the Danube and up to Videle on the Bucharest mainline. The new crossing between Vidin and Golenti is electrified but again then is isolated from the rest of Romania by an unelectrified stretch up to Criaiova, and has no known freight traffic. It should be noted that many BZK trains are worked into Romania, but GFR have a fleet of ex CFR 60 types (and also some ex-Chinese ND2s!) which handle these. Similarily, Bulmarket use Romanian carriers beyond Ruse.

However, one working has surfaced. 87012 was sent for overhaul at Reloc (Electroputere) Craiova and upon completion a single photo of the loco, pan up, emerged.. Courtesy of “EA1-Belbita-108”

87012, believed to be at Craiova, Romania, on a test run off overhaul at the former Electroputere Works. January 2015.

Verdict: Once only, 87012 on a test run(s)

Serbia

Bulgarian locos have a long history of working onto Serb soil at Dimitrovgrad (ZS) which is a few KMs beyond the border point at Kalotina Zapad. Whilst some BDZ diesels have worked through in the past due to a Serb loco situation often even more desperate than the Bulgarian one, the route to Nis is diesel which precludes 87s working any further. There is a booked trip from Ilyantsi daily under BZK operation which takes wagons fed from across the country and also less regular Bulmarket workings. They will be worked through Serbia by a ZS 661 – if only the passenger trains were the same!!

Verdict: Regular, BZK and Bulmarket with all sorts of wagons

87026 at Dragoman, the limit of domestic Bulgarian operations. Serbia is to the west behind the train through a pass in the mountains to Dimitrovgrad (ZS)

Turkey

December 2016 saw completion of electrification between Dimitrovgrad (BG) and Kapikule which allowed electric operation between Bulgaria and the European side of the Bosphorus. As far as I am aware, Bulgarian locos (well, non-TCDD locos!) work to Kapikule and then hand over to TCDD. Bulmarket have a few regular trains which are worked by their own engines to Kapikule, the locos then return light to Svilengrad on the Bulgarian side to stable. Traffic includes a transit intermodal to Servia and also general traffic to/from Ruse, both of which have been pictured in the hands of sevens, albeit often in mixed pairs.

Verdict: Semi-regular appearances by the Bulmarket four under usual Bulmarket anything goes loco allocation strategy

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87023 at Kapikule, Turkey. Photo (with thanks): Иван Тодоров

Not bad for a class brought for a single mainline to be seeing these sights, and who knows what might happen if Turkey ever embraces open-access, with a tunnel under the Bosphorus perhaps Asia beckons!!?

Posted April 24, 2019 by redcow87015 in Class 87s

Douro Take 2, March

Swap time at Regua, 1415 ready with the 2010 to Pocinho which was replacing 1413 which had worked from Marco and is sitting behind. This was an excellent occurance for us as it put 1415 which we had previously missed on the daytime Pocinho Saturday

1455 Rede, 0805 Marco to Regua

1415 at Pocinho in the afternoon sun. I really do think these look better on orange!

1415 at Aregos on the 1522 Pocinho to Marco waiting to cross 1455 on the other set

With all three locos working the 2010 at Regua was swapping again, 1455 and two coaches are waiting to relieve 1415 and go forward as load four (booked on Saturday nights for Sundays train)

Sunday was the turn of 1413 to arrive at Rede on the 0805 Marco Regua.

Posted March 26, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Portugal

February 2019 Grumpy Railtour

Another winter Schwartz-ex and associated fix in the snow…

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Saturday saw 749107 fixed vice goggle on the 0913 Praha Vrsovice – Tanvald and 1550 return including two chartered compo coaches which were shunted to lead both ways, seen here ready to head back to Praha.

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Sunday morning was near whiteout for many hours, 749121 had worked from Praha via Rudna and Beroun here to Chrast u Plzne where we had an additional photostop due to waiting for a unit. Said unit was caped when it arrived here and its few passengers put on the tour to go up the Radnice line.

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Stupno, half way up the branch and another long stop whilst the dug the points out to run the engine round (using that track on the left under the snow) – the snow was heavy enough that by the time it had run round you could no longer see the rails it had covered.

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We did manage Radnice! 121 prior to running round. This tour was planned to be Retrolok’s 749146 however it had traction motor issues before the tour so ‘121 was substituted albeit not the best its ever been driven, unfortunately.

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Late afternoon and still the snow was falling, here at an artic looking Pobezovice the final reversal of the day before an overnight stop at Klatovy

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Next morning saw the sun out for the run from Klatovy to Zelzna Ruda which was new track for the class to me. At a very, very snowy Spicak we stopped for photos as the goggle coming the other way was late – no surprise in these conditions! Yes the snow drifts here were taller than me!

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749121 in Germany (just) having popped over the border to run round. The German end of the station is Bayerisch Eisenstein whilst the loco is about to cross back to the Czech end which known as Železná Ruda-Alžbětín. There are markings on the platform which most of the tour was involved in selfies with marking the border.

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A cross-country route back to Praha included Pisek Mesto

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and the branch across to Horni Cerekev where we waited a path on to Jihlava and Haviluckuv Brod

Posted March 2, 2019 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

2019 Douro Diesel Gala

This was one off the bucket list, a CP 1400 to Pocinho. Due to an engineering block for electrification between Caide and Marco on the Douro line, CP have very nicely sorted the currently isolated section between Marco de Canaveses and Pocinho to be worked by three 1400s and six Schindler coaches outbased at Regua, largely due to reliability issues with the usual ex-RENFE carts.  A reduced timetable sees two of these sets required each day for service with just two trains operating between Regua and Pocinho at the end of the line. Unfortuntely traditional orange liveried 1415 went sick as we arrived and was stopped with wheelset issues leaving the blue pair of 1413 and 1455 to thrash us around

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1415 at Rede on the 0717 Pocinho – Marco de Canveses

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1455 working the 0805 Marco de Canaveses – Regua arrives at Rede with 1413 getting ready to be waved out by the pointsman (no signals in this part of the world)

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1413, Pocinho during the layover before working the 1522 back to Marco. With the blossom just coming through, blue skies and fresh air stock with a Super Bock in hand  through the varied parts of the river valley i have certainly had worse afternoons!

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1413, Regua, 1906 Marco de Canaveses to Pochino. The way the moves worked most of the photos were of this which stuck to the Pocinho trains, this required the two minute dwell here on this service to be somewhat extended as both locos and coaches required fuelling!

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At least the picture of 1455 is half decent as it storms into Caldes de Moledo on the 0805 Marco – Regua

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And so it couldn’t possibly feel left out, 1413 again doing the same on the 1006 Marco – Pocinho. For February the sun was already beating down and it was 20 degrees in the day, shorts weather for some!

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Pocinho, 1413, 1522 to Marco

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1413 at Aregos on the 1522 Pocinho – Marco where we leapt for an evening behind 1455 instead

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… 1455 arrives at Aregos on the 1705 Marco – Regua in the soft evening light. It would then work the 1853 off Regua for the last train back from Marco at 2113.

Posted February 18, 2019 by redcow87015 in Portugal, Uncategorized

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Bratislava Spin Day Jan 2019

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2016 015 pushes out of Devinska Nove Vez with the 0716 Vienna – Bratislava

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The train back was of far higher quality as 240136 roared in on the 0722 Kuty – Bratislava. Whilst the first coach is in true ZSSK Dbtmee suburban stock condition, the middle two are those that are now being refurbished with plastic seats, plug sockets and the like.

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The fleet of two Skoda 381’s still give ZSSK reliability issues, 381002 departs ECS for the yard after working the 1022 Kuty – Bratislava

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383105 brings the 0607 Kosice – Bratislava in

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With Gorilla power in 350014 on the 0711 Kosice – Wien IC right behind it. This train now reverses and continues via Petzralka and Kitsee to Wien Hbf with a ZSSK Vectron rather than continuing as a regular Bratislava – Wien REX service as per previous years.

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A very short blast of afternoon sun at Devinska where a recently outshopped 240001 was awaiting the road south. Long term resident bank engine 751203 had been replaced with 751185 which is unfortunately just as silenced.

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‘45148’ trundles light through Bratislava and is one of the many pretend Bulgarian registered and numbered locos that are ex-CD 242s. This one is the former 242218 leased to LTE by ZOS Zvolen. Info on the four actual Bulgarian locos that operate in CZ/SK can be found over here in the Bulgarian section of the site

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I think this was my first Bratislava visit with all the hauled push-pull sets doing what they were supposed to with 263s and 381s. However evidently some rancid trunk had blown up during the day as 240089 appeared for the 1809 Bratislava – Nove Zamky vice the booked cart.

 

Posted February 9, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia, Uncategorized