Line 194 Ceske Budejovice - Nove Udoli

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The Ceske Budejovice to Nove Udoli line runs through some of the most attractive scenery in the Czech Republic as it winds its way through the Sumava (or Bohemian Forest), an upland area with hills, forests, rivers and lakes and a favourite with tourists from all over Europe. In summer a number of passenger services were operated by class 749 diesels until the class 754s took over in 2012. Class 751s still appeared on local freight traffic into 2012.

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Line 240 Brno - Jihlava

A superb cross country route that winds it's way across the grain of the landscape west of Brno. The line follows a sawtooth profile with plenty of curves and gradients and several major bridges, all set in the attractive rural Moravian landscape. Brno based class 754s worked many of the passengers. The remaining locals were shared between class 742 locos and veteran class 850 railcars until class 854 units has diluted things a bit. There is a little freight traffic, particularly at the west end of the line.

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Line 021 Letohrad - Lichkov

By the middle of the last decade it was difficult to find heavy diesel hauled freights that weren’t worked by the ubiquitous (and uninspiring) class 742s. Letohrad - Lichkov was one of the principal exceptions with pairs of class 751s working trains between Letohrad and Miedzylesie in Poland. There were also a few class 749 hauled passengers and attractive scenery as well. The line was electrified in 2008 bringing the show to an abrupt end. The gallery now includes a handful of pictures showing electric workings.

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Line 197 Cicenice - Cerny Kriz

The Cicenice to Cerny Kriz line runs into the heart of the Sumava, an upland region close to the German and Austrian borders. It’s a superbly scenic line running through farming country in the Blanice Valley at first but then taking to the hills and forests and climbing to a summit 842m above sea level, north of Volary. Passenger traffic is all worked by 4-wheel railbuses but there is a daily pick-up freight, worked by a class 751 diesel. These photos were taken of the pick-up in August 2009 and September 2011.

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Line 086 Liberec - Ceska Lipa

This is one of the most scenic lines in the Czech Republic and has numerous good photo positions, particularly at the Liberec end. It doesn't see many loco hauled trains these days but it's not that long ago that there were 12 loco hauled fast trains and a couple of locals every day. The line is a scenic delight and it's worth suffering the long waits to photograph the trains that do run.

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Line 037 Liberec - Cernousy

The Liberec - Cernousy line is a good place to photograph diesel hauled freight trains. Liberec depot had the last concentration of operational class 753 diesels in the Czech Republic and they were kept busy hauling freight on the route from Nymburk via Mlada Boleslav, Turnov and Liberec to Zawidow in Poland for almost a decade after the class disappeared elsewhere. The 753s increasingly gave way to pairs of 742s but class 753.7 rebuilds took over most workings in 2010. The line climbs through an attractive hilly landscape before dropping through the forests to the picturesque Smeda valley.

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Line 295 Lipova Lazne - Javornik v/S

A rural and scenic branch line with a difference. Passenger services are worked by class 810 railbuses as might be expected but the pick-up goods trains feature class 751 diesels. No prizes for guessing which trains are featured here.

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Line 292 Sumperk - Jesenik

The line from Sumperk to Jesenik runs through some of the finest scenery in the Czech Republic, climbing over the Jeseniky Hory mountains on the way. It also features an eclectic mix of motive power including locos of classes 749 and 751 in a variety of liveries and older railcars of classes 831 and 851. Class 754s have recently taken over passenger workings from the 749s. This is another photogenic line with a good variety of excellent photo positions. There are two galleries here, the first covering 2005 to 2007, the second from 2008 onwards.

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Line 341 Stare Mesto - Vlarsky Prusmyk

This line runs east from Stare Mesto u Uherskeho Hradiste, on the Breclav - Prerov main line, through Uhersky Brod, where a branch to the spa town of Luhacovice diverges, to the Slovak border at Vlarsky prusmyk. Traffic levels thin out progressively further east, with only a handful of trains reaching Vlarsky prusmyk each day. Class 754 hauled fast trains run from Luhacovice to Stare Mesto, en route to Olomouc or Praha, and there are a few peak services from Brno to Bojkovice and Bylnice.

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Line 340 Brno - Uherske Hradiste

With the electrification of the Karlovy Vary to Chomutov line, this line became the last double track, diesel worked route in the Czech Republic. Much of the line runs through a relatively flat landscape but the section from Brankovice to Kyjov runs through attractive hilly country. The passenger service is shared between class 754 diesels and class 842 railcars with the units having taken over more services in recent years. The fleet of class 754s is the most colourful in the country and most engines are kept very clean. Freight traffic is virtually non-existent.

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Line 000 Praha Area

Praha (Prague) is the capital of the Czech Republic and the hub of the country's rail system. A wide variety of electric locos and MUs and a few diesels can be seen in action around the city. The overall roof of the main station makes it a fine location for photography.

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Line 210 Praha - Dobris / Cercany

The line from Praha to Dobris and Cercany runs along the scenic Vltava and Sazava valleys, a popular area with Praha residents keen to escape the city at weekends. Summer Saturdays and Sundays see additional passenger services, longer trains and more loco haulage with class 749s hauling rakes of double deck stock on several Cercany services.

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Line 025 Dolni Lipka - Hanusovice

Since the demise of the Praha - Jesenik passenger service this scenic line has become even more of a rural backwater. At least there's still a pick up goods at the west end of the line.

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Line 290 Olomouc - Sumperk

The Olomouc end of this line was operated by a mixture of class 749 diesels and veteran class 851 railcars for years but class 754 diesels are now taking over from the 749s. It's not a particularly scenic line but the countryside is quite pleasant. The Sumperk end is more scenic but there are fewer trains and most of them are worked by 4-wheel railbuses. These pictures were taken between Olomouc and Unicov in April 2008 and September 2009.

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Line 270 Ceska Trebova - Zabreh n/M

East of Ceska Trebova the electrified main line to the east descends through the Hostejn Gorge to Zabreh na Morave, en route to Olomouc, Ostrava and the Slovakian border. Freight and passenger traffic is heavy and a variety of electric classes can be seen.

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Line 251 Tisnov - Zdar nad Sazavou

The passenger service on this quiet backwater was unusual in being almost 100% loco hauled for years, probably due to the fearsome gradients on many sections. At weekends the usual class 714s were supplemented by a couple of class 750 or 754 diesels on rakes of main line coaches bringing some welcome variety to the line. In the last couple of years class 814 railbuses have taken over most services. This is another railway that runs through delightful scenery with plenty of good photo positions.

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Line 231 Praha - Nymburk - Kolin

This line isn't scenic but it is extremely busy in the Podebrady area with fast passengers on the Praha - Hradec Kralove and Kolin - Usti nad Labem routes, local passengers from Praha to Kolin and lots of freight traffic working in and out of the major yards at Nymburk and Kolin. Most of the DC electric classes can be seen working here.

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Line 120 Praha - Rakovnik

This is one of the few remaining diesel worked routes from Praha and serves the steel town of Kladno on its way across the country to Rakovnik. Some passenger services are worked by class 714 diesels, although most are now handled by railcars and DMUs. The line is a favorite for special trains from Praha. There is also some freight traffic, particularly east of Kladno.

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Line 071 Nymburk - Mlada Boleslav

The Nymburk - Mlada Boleslav line is one of the busiest non-electrified freight routes in the Czech Republic. In addition to through traffic to Poland via Liberec and Zawidow, there are many trains to or from the giant Skoda car plant at Mlada Boleslav. It’s not the most scenic route in the Czech Republic but there are a few decent positions.

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Line 010 Pardubice Area

Pardubice is one of the country's larger towns and is located on the electrified main line from Praha to the major cities of Ostrava and Brno. The rail scene is characterised by heavy passenger and freight traffic worked by a wide variety of classes. Like many Czech towns, you don't have to go very far to find pleasant open countryside.

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Line 032 Jaromer - Trutnov

Against the trend, this line has seen an increase in loco hauled passenger workings in recent years. The fast trains are worked by class 754s but for a year or so there weren't enough of these engines available and class 749s appeared on some workings. Like the Mezimesti line, the south end of this route is fairly featureless but there are plenty of attractive locations between Ceska Skalice and Trutnov.

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Line 030 Liberec - Turnov - Jaromer

This long cross country route runs through some excellent scenery but interesting workings are few and far between these days. Until the end of 2005 there was a daily loco hauled passenger in each direction and regular class 753 hauled freights on the section west of Turnov. The 753s are still around although nothing like as active but loco hauled passengers are now limited to railcar substitutions and the weekends only Praha - Tanvald trains.

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Line 323 Ostrava - Valasske Mez.

The Ostrava end of the Valasske Mezirici line probably sees more diesel hauled trains than any other route in the Czech Republic. Unfortunately the best scenery is at the other end of the line. The section between Frydlant nad Ostravici and Frenstat pod Radhostem has a reasonable level of loco haulage and a number of excellent photo positions and was where I went to photograph class 754s in April 2008.

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Line 301 Olomouc - Nezamyslice

The countryside around Olomouc could never be described as scenic but it is quite pleasant with open farmland, sleepy villages and gently rolling hills in places. The big attraction here was the use of veteran class 141 electric locos on most local passenger trains for a couple of years from the end of 2006, a long time after they lost most of their booked line work elsewhere.

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Line 140 Karlovy Vary - Chomutov

This was the last diesel worked trunk route in the Czech Republic but it's now electrified. Most of my pictures were taken in diesel days before the railway has lost much of its character. The line follows the winding Ohri valley from Klasterec to Vojkovice but then takes a shortcut over a range of hills to Karlovy Vary. Until the electrification work got underway it was a superb line to photograph with double track, semaphore signals at several stations, gorgeous scenery, regular 749 hauled fast passengers and 751 worked freights. The gallery now includes some pictures of electric workings.

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Line 026 Tyniste n/O - Mezimesti

The line from Tyniste nad Orlici to Mezimesti via Nachod retained a predominantly locomotive hauled passenger service into the 21st Century. During my 2005 visit there were class 714s and 742s on local passengers, a couple of class 749 worked fast trains and a handful of freights worked by classes 742 and 750. By 2007, most of the locals were railbuses and the long distance passengers were history but there were still a few interesting freight workings. The south end of the line is relatively unscenic but there are some excellent locations between Nachod and Mezimesti.

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Line 010 Ceska Trebova Area

Ceska Trebova is a railway town with a major marshalling yard, locomotive depot and locomotive works, situated at the junction of the electrified main lines to Ostrava and Brno. Just to the north, the railway threads through a range of wooded hills offering the best scenic locations on the whole line.

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Line 250 Breclav - Havlickuv Brod

For many years this was the principal passenger and freight route from the Austrian and Slovak borders near Breclav to the Praha area and beyond into Germany. In 2000, when the Ceska Trebova line was electrified, the fastest passengers were diverted onto that route north of Brno but the bulk of freight traffic remained on the line via Zdar nad Sazavou. South of Brno the route is flat and uninspiring but the section to the north-west runs through superb hilly country and crosses several major viaducts.

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Line 250 Brno Area

Brno is the second city of the Czech Republic, the historic capital of the Morava region and a major rail centre. Double track main lines, electrified at 25 kV AC, head north to Ceska Trebova, north-west to Kolin and south to Breclav, Wien and Bratislava. A single track electrified line heads north-east to Olomouc and Prerov. Diesel worked lines head west to Jihlava and east to Veseli nad Moravou and see a good number of services hauled by Brno's colourful class 754s.

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Line 180 Plzen - Domazlice

Plzen's blue, white and yellow class 754s are extremely photogenic and do most of their work in the gently undulating Sumava countryside between Plzen and Domazlice. The line continues over the border to Furth im Wald in Germany and sees several international passenger trains every day.

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