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000 Praha Area

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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010 Pardubice Area

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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010 Ceska Trebova Area

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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021 Letohrad - Lichkov

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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025 Dolni Lipka - Hanusovice

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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026 Tyniste nad Orlici - Mezimesti

026 Tyniste nad Orlici - Mezimesti

The line from Tyniste nad Orlici to Mezimesti via Nachod retained a predominantly locomotive hauled passenger service into the 21st Century but by 2007, most of the locals were railbuses and the long distance passengers were history. The south end of the line is relatively unscenic but there are some excellent locations between Nachod and Mezimesti.
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030 Liberec - Jaromer

030 Liberec - Jaromer

This long cross country route runs through some excellent scenery but interesting workings were few and far between. Loco hauled passengers are now limited to occasional railcar substitutions and the weekends only Praha - Tanvald trains but there is some freight traffic between Turnov and Liberec.
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032 Jaromer - Trutnov

032 Jaromer - Trutnov

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. The fast trains on this line were loco hauled when I visited.
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037 Liberec - Zawidow

037 Liberec - Zawidow

The scenic Liberec - Cernousy - Zawidow line was a good place to photograph diesel hauled freight trains. Liberec depot's Class 753 diesels, the last active examples of the class, were regular power for freights until 2010 when Class 753.7 rebuilds took over.
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071 Nymburk - Mlada Boleslav

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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072 Usti nad Labem - Lysa nad Labem

072 Usti nad Labem - Lysa nad Labem

The electrified line from Usti nad Labem to Lysa nad Labem is an important freight artery, linking the the northern mining areas and the cross-border line from Dresden with the heart of the Czech system and bypassing the congestion of the Praha area.
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086 Liberec - Ceska Lipa

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. The loco hauled passenger trains are now history but there were as many as 12 loco hauled fast trains and a couple of locals every day.
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090 Kralupy nad Vltavou - Decin

090 Kralupy nad Vltavou - Decin

This electrified main line links Kralupy, north of Praha, with the German border, north of Decin. As well as domestic and international passenger traffic, it also sees a reasonable amount of freight. Much of the line is scenically unexciting but there are some pleasant stretches as well.
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120 Praha - Rakovnik

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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140 Karlovy Vary - Kadan

140 Karlovy Vary - Kadan

This was the last diesel worked trunk route in the Czech Republic until it was electrified in 2005/6. The line follows the winding Ohri valley from Klasterec to Vojkovice but then takes a shortcut over a range of hills to Karlovy Vary. It was a superb line to photograph with double track, semaphore signals at several stations and gorgeous scenery.
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180 Plzen - Domazlice

180 Plzen - Domazlice

Plzen's blue, white and yellow class 754s were extremely photogenic and did 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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194 C Budejovice - Nove Udoli

194 C Budejovice - Nove Udoli

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. In summer there were a number of loco hauled services over the line, worked by class 749 diesels until 2012.
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197 Cicenice - Cerny Kriz

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 a mixture of farming country, hills and forests. Passenger traffic is all worked by 4-wheel railbuses but there was a daily pick-up freight, worked by a class 751 diesel, when I visited in 2009 and 2011.
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200 Zdice - Protivin

200 Zdice - Protivin

The secondary route from Zdice, west of Praha, to Protivin, west of Ceske Budejovice, serves a number of small and medium sized towns dotted across a gently rolling landscape. It was a difficult line to photograph with most potential positions heavily overgrown or remote from the nearest access. For a few years it gained a two-hourly loco hauled passenger service, worked by class 749 diesels.
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210 Praha - Cercany

210 Praha - 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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231 Praha - Nymburk - Kolin

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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240 Brno - Jihlava

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 diluted things a bit. There was a little freight traffic, particularly at the west end of the line.
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250 Brno - Havlickuv Brod

250 Brno - 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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250 Brno Area

250 Brno Area

Brno is the second city of Czechia, the historic capital of Morava and a major rail centre. Electrified main lines, head north, north-west, north-east and south. Diesel worked lines head west to Jihlava and east to Veseli nad Moravou and saw a good number of services hauled by Brno's colourful class 754s.
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251 Tisnov - Zdar nad Savavou

251 Tisnov - Zdar nad Savavou

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. Class 814 railbuses had taken over most services by 2010. This was another railway that runs through delightful scenery with plenty of good photo positions.
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270 Ceska Trebova - Bohumin

270 Ceska Trebova - Bohumin

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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290 Olomouc -Sumperk

290 Olomouc -Sumperk

The Olomouc end of this line was operated by a mixture of loco hauled trains and veteran railcars in the early 2000s. 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.
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292 Sumperk - Jesenik

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 featured 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, all of them now gone. Class 754s took over passenger workings from the 749s in 2010. This is another photogenic line with a good variety of excellent photo positions.
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297 Lipova Lazne - Javornik

297 Lipova Lazne - Javornik

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

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 work elsewhere.
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323 Ostrava - Valasske Mezirici

323 Ostrava - Valasske Mezirici

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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340 Brno - Uherske Hradiste

340 Brno - Uherske Hradiste

This line was CD's last double track, diesel worked route. Much of the line crosses a relatively flat landscape but the section from Brankovice to Kyjov runs through attractive hilly country. The passenger service was 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 was the most colourful in the country and most engines are kept very clean. Freight traffic was virtually non-existent.
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341 Stare Mesto - Luhacovice

341 Stare Mesto - Luhacovice

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 east of Uhersky Brod. Class 754 hauled fast trains ran from Luhacovice to Stare Mesto and there were a few loco hauled peak services from Brno to Bojkovice and Bylnice.
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Class 110, 111 & 113

Class 110, 111 & 113

The Class 110 Bo-Bo electric was introduced in 1971 and 52 were built for shunting and light line work on the 3000V DC system. Class 113 consisted of 6 similar locos configured to work on 1500V DC lines. The 35 Class 111 followed in 1981 and were broadly similar to the 110s except for being equipped with thyristor control.
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Class 121

Class 121

The Class 121 3000V DC Bo-Bo electric was a lower geared version of the class 141 passenger loco and was intended for freight traffic. All 85 locos were built in 1960 and in their later years the class was concentrated at Usti nad Labem in the north of the Czech Republic.
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Class 122

Class 122

The 55 3000V DC Bo-Bo electrics of Class 122 were introduced in 1967 as an updated version of the Class 121 freight locos and have spent their lives working from Usti nad Labem depot.
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Class 123

Class 123

The class 123 is very similar to the Class 122, with a few relatively minor modifications. These 3000V DC freight Bo-Bos were introduced in 1971 and a total of 29 were built. They are now all based at Usti nad Labem.
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Class 130

Class 130

The Class 130 electrics are the final iteration of the family of 3000V DC Bo-Bo freight locos that started with the Class 121. The Class was introduced in 1977 and 40 were built for CSD, with another 14 going to the SD mining concern. Initially based at Ceska Trebova, the whole class is now allocated to Ostrava.
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Class 141

Class 141

The Class 141 Bo-Bo was introduced in 1959 as a minor development of the earlier Class 140, CSD's first 3000V DC main line electric loco. Most of the changes involved replacing components such as bogies, licenced from Swiss companies, with those of domestic design. The body was also slightly redesigned. The 141s were primarily passenger locomotives and remained in front line service until the 1990s with a few surviving into the 21st Century.
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Class 150

Class 150

The 27 Class 150 3000V DC Bo-Bo electrics were introduced in 1978 as a DC only version of the dual system Class 350 for express passenger work. The 120km/h maximum speed became problematic as lines were improved and 13 were subsequently upgraded for 160km/h running, becoming Class 151. The remaining 14 were later upgraded for 140km/h running and renumbered into the 150.2xx series.
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Class 151

Class 151

Class 151 was formed by re-gearing 13 Class 150 3000V DC Bo-Bo electrics for a maximum speed of 160km/h. They were intended to work the fastest expresses on the route east from Praha to Ostrava, which is where they can still be found at work.
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Class 162

Class 162

The Class 162 is a 3000V DC Bo-Bo electric loco introduced in 1991 and geared for 140km/h running. In other respects, 162s are the same as 163s. In fact around half the 60 Class 162s built have swapped their 140km/h bogies with 120km/h bogies from Class 363s, becoming Class 163s in the process. The remaining Class 162s can still be found on express passenger work.
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Class 163

Class 163

Class 163 is the 3000V DC only version of the dual-system Class 363 Bo-Bo. The 163s are mixed traffic locos, equally at home on all but the fastest expresses or freight. Although 111 entered service with CSD between 1984 and 1992, the number in service has increased over the years as Class 162s have swapped their higher speed bogies with Class 363 dual system locos, turning 363s into 362s and 162s into 163s.
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Class 181, 182

Class 181, 182

Classes 181 and 182 were 3000V DC Co-Co freight electrics. A total of 150 Class 181s were built in 1961-62, followed by 168 very similar Class 182s in 1963-65. They were regarded as being unkind to the track and most were withdrawn in the first decade of the 21st Century, leaving a handful on banking duties on the line to Cadca. Many withdrawn locos have been sold to Poland.
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Class 230, 240

Class 230, 240

The 110 Class 230 25kV AC Bo-Bos were CSD's first production AC electrics, built in 1966-67. They were followed by 145 very similar Class 240s in 1968-70. The 230s and 240s were unusual for the extensive use of fibreglass in their construction, hence their nickname 'Laminatka'. CD's locos are now confined to freight traffic, the 230s based at Brno and the 240s at Ceske Budejovice.
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Class 242

Class 242

Although they are very different in appearance, the 242s are technically similar to the class 240s but differ in having a conventional steel body. In total 86 were built between 1976 and 1981 and the class is currently based at Brno and Plzen depots for working passenger services.
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Class 263

Class 263

Class 263 is a 25kV AC only Bo-Bo electric, closely related to the dual system class 363 and DC Class 163. Only 12 were built, 2 prototypes in 1984 followed by a further 10 examples in 1988. Only the first two remained with CD after partition, working passenger services from Brno.
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Class 350

Class 350

Skoda built 20 class 350 dual system Bo-Bo electrics between 1974 and 1976. They were the first CSD locos capable of 160km/h and intended for Praha - Bratislava expresses. All 20 went to Slovakia at partition but they continued to run to Praha in return for CD's 150s running to Kosice in eastern Slovakia.
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Class 362

Class 362

The Class 362 is the express passenger version of the Class 363 dual system Bo-Bo electric. Only one Class 362 was built new, in 1990, the rest have been created since 1999 by fitting class 363s with 140km/h bogies, some new, others from Class 162 DC locos. CD now has around 60 Class 362s, based at Plzen and Brno,and they can be found on most routes that involve a crossing of the AC/DC divide.
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Class 363

Class 363

The Class 363 25kV AC/3000V DC Bo-Bo was the first of a large and diverse group of electric locos. The first two 363s were introduced in 1980 but it was 1984 before the class went into series production. They are mixed-traffic locos, used on freight and passenger trains, particularly on routes that involve both electrical systems. Several have been converted to Class 362.
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Class 371, 372

Class 371, 372

The Class 372 Bo-Bo electric is a dual system Bo-Bo, similar to the Class 363 but designed for working from 3000V DC or 15kV AC on trains to Germany via the Decin - Bad Schandau border crossing. A total of 36 were built between 1988 and 1991, 16 for CSD and 20 for DR. Six locos were later modified for 160km/h running by CD and reclassified as Class 371. 371.201 is a former DB Class 180 now operated by CD.
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Class 714

Class 714

Class 714 are steeple-cab Bo-Bo diesel-electrics, combining the frames and running gear of redundant single-engined Class 735s with two new engines and auxiliaries, built 1992-97. The two prototypes had 335hp engines and retained the original superstructure but the 58 production locos were given a completely new modular superstructure and cab and more powerful 400hp engines. The 714s were mainly used on local passenger services in the early 2000s.
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Class 720, 721

Class 720, 721

Class 720 consisted of 233 end-cab 740hp Bo-Bo diesel electrics built 1958-61, 150 for CSD and 83 for industry. Another 283 locos built to a modified design in 1961-68 became Class 721, again mostly for CSD but some for industry. All but a handful have been withdrawn but a few have been retained as 'shed pets' and see occasional use.
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Class 730

Class 730

Class 730 locomotives were fairly elusive in CD service, being mostly limited to shunting. Only 59 were built in 1978-89 and many went into industrial service. They were 800hp Bo-Bo diesel-electrics intended to replace the ageing Class 720 and 721 but never really caught on. Most of CD's locos have been withdrawn or sold to industry or independent operators.
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Class 740

Class 740

CKD developed the Class 740 1180hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric for industrial use, building over 400 between 1973 and 1989. Many remain in service today and they can sometimes be seen on the main line, working for private operators.
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Class 742

Class 742

The Class 742 1180hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was a development of the class 740 designed to meet the requirements of CSD. Almost 500 were built in 1977-86, with CSD taking the vast majority. They can be found on shunting, light passenger and freight duties and, in pairs, on heavier freight trains all over the CD system.
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Class 743

Class 743

The Class 743 Bo-Bo diesel-electric was a development of the ubiquitous Class 742 and differed mainly in having improved brakes for working steeply graded lines. Only 10 743s were built in 1987-88 and for many years the whole class was based at Liberec. More recently the class has been split between Nymburk and Ceske Budejovice depots.
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Class 749

Class 749

Class 749 was created by converting 34 Class 751 Bo-Bo diesels and 26 similar Class 752s to ETH between 1992 and 1996. At the turn of the 21st Century class 749s could be found working passenger services on a number of secondary lines but by the end of the decade most of their work had gone. A handful of these popular engines have been retained at Praha and regularly work at weekends.
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Class 750

Class 750

Class 750 was formed by replacing the train heating boiler of Class 753 Bo-Bo diesel locomotives with an ETH generator. A total of 163 were converted between 1991 and 1995. CD ended up with 117 Class 750s after the breakup of Czechoslovakia. By the turn of the 21st Century there wasn't enough passenger work for all of CD's ETH fitted diesels and the 750s were largely relegated to standby status, covering for failures.
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Class 751

Class 751

The Class 751 1480hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was introduced in 1964 to meet CSD's need for a medium powered passenger locomotive. By 1971 there were 230 in traffic with 9 more added in 1973-76 by fitting similar Class 752s with steam heating boilers. From 1992 onwards 34 were fitted with ETH, becoming Class 749, while the 19 remaining Class 752 were renumbered to class 751. Most are now withdrawn.
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Class 753

Class 753

The Class 753 1780hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was a development of the Class 751, again originally intended for passenger work and fitted with a train heating boiler. A total of 408 were built in 1968-77. Like the 751s, many were fitted with ETH in the 1990s, becoming Class 750. The remaining 753s continued working freight but most were withdrawn by 2005. A number have been rebuilt with new engines as class 753.7.
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Class 753.7

Class 753.7

Class 753.7 comprises Class 753 Bo-Bo diesel-electrics rebuilt by CKMS with a 1950hp Caterpillar engine. The first examples were exported to Italy in 2001. More were taken by independent Czech operators from 2002 before CD Cargo placed an order for 30 in 2008, enabling it to eliminate the remaining pockets of Class 751 and 753 working. There are now around 70 in service, over half with the independent sector.
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Class 754

Class 754

Class 754 was the final development of the 'Brejlovic' Bo-Bo design, built new with ETH and with a modest increase in power to cover the ETH requirement. A total of 86 entered service with CSD and CD retained the majority after 1993. They are still active, working many of the remaining loco hauled passenger services on non-electrified lines.
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Class 755

Class 755

Class 755 is to all intents and purposes the same as class 753.7 and consists of the two prototype 753.7s rebuilt by CMKS for CD in 2005. They were only prototypes from CD's perspective as CMKS had already produced a number of 753.7s for other operators.
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Class 770, 771

Class 770, 771

Class 770 was the CSD version of the CME3 Co-Co diesel-electric produced in vast numbers for the USSR. They were designed for heavy shunting and trip working and 108 were built for CSD in 1963-69 with plenty more for industry. A modified version produced in 1969-72 became Class 771, of which CSD received 194. Most were withdrawn years ago but a few 771s still survive, mainly at Ostrava.
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Class 775, 776

Class 775, 776

Class 775 and 776 1970hp Co-Co diesel-electrics were built in 1961-65 and were CSD's first main line diesel design. The main difference between the two classes was that the 776 was equipped with a steam heating boiler. A total of 17 775s and 27 776s were built before production ceased. Both classes spent most of their lives based at Slovak depots and all were withdrawn by the late 1990s. 775019 and 776.012 are preserved in working order at Zvolen and Bratislava depots respectively.
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ÖBB Class 1216

ÖBB Class 1216

The Siemens ES 64 U4 8600hp Bo-Bo electric locomotive, better known as the Austrian Class 1216, is capable of working off 25kV AC, 15kV AC and 3000V DC electrical systems. ÖBB's Class 1216s have been regular power for international services between Wien and Praha since 2009, using all three systems en-route.
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PKP Class EU07

PKP Class EU07

PKP's EU07 Bo-Bo electrics can trace their ancestry back to the English Electric AL3, later Class 83, built for BR in 1960-62. EE then supplied 20 Class EU06, based on the AL3 design to PKP. The EU07 was a Polish development of the EU06 and almost 500 were built from 1965-94. Around 2008 they started to operate a number of cross border services well into Czech territory.
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PKP Class ST43

PKP Class ST43

The PKP Class ST43 2070hp Co-Co diesel-electric is the same design as the Romanian class 060DA and 422 were built for PKP in 1965-78. Most ST43s have now been withdrawn but they were still used on cross border freight traffic from Mezimesti to Mieroszow in 2007.
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Class 451, 452

Class 451, 452

Fifty one Class 451 4-car 3000V DC EMUs were built in 1964-68 for working Praha suburban services, followed by 11 very similar class 452 in 1972-73. Trailer cars were moved between sets resulting in some units running as 5 or 6 car formations, while others only had 3 cars. The last of these distinctive units was withdrawn in 2018.
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Class 460

Class 460

The first class 460 5-car 3000V DC EMU was built in 1971 with another 42 following in 1974-78. The CD units were concentrated around Usti nad Labem and Ostrava but since around 2005 the whole class has been based in the Ostrava area.
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Class 471

Class 471

Class 471 was CD's first modern 3000V DC EMU design, intended for suburban services but increasingly used on stopping services on longer distance routes, such as Praha to Pardubice or Decin. A total of 83 3-car units were built in 1997-2013. The vast majority are based at Praha with a few working from Ostrava
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Class 560

Class 560

The first class 560 25kV EMU was built in 1967 with series production following in 1970-71. In total 17 5-car sets were built with CD's units later expanded to 6-cars. Some went to Slovakia and the rest are based at Brno to work local services in the area. They are notable for being the first thyristor controlled traction on CSD.
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Class 680

Class 680

CD received seven Class 680 7-car 'Pendolino' tri-system EMUs in 2003-05. Their use on international services to Wien and Bratislava didn't last long and they have been concentrated on the Praha - Ostrava and Praha - Cheb routes in recent years.
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Class 810, 809 & 811

Class 810, 809 & 811

Class 810 4-wheel railbuses could once be seen almost everywhere on the CSD system. A total of 680 were built in 1973-84. They were ideal for lightly trafficked branch lines but were sometimes used on secondary main line routes where they were less suitable. Classes 809 and 811 were formed from modified Class 810 railcars.
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Class 814

Class 814

Class 814 units were created from extensively modernised Class 810 railbuses and their Class 010 trailers. The first Class 814 appeared in 2006 and more quickly followed. There are now approximately 250 in service, a mixture of 2 and 3 car units.
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Class 820

Class 820

Class 820 consisted of 122 diesel-hydraulic railcars built in 1963-64 to operate local services. Several were fitted with magnetic track brakes for working the steeply graded Tanvald - Korenov section. They weren't the most reliable units and the first withdrawals took place as early as the 1980s. By 2002 they had no regular work.
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Class 830 - 831

Class 830 - 831

The Class 830 diesel-electric railcar was introduced in 1949 and production continued until 1960 by which time 238 were in use, principally on main line services. As time went on they were displaced to less important duties but the last examples remained in service until 2008. Around 40 Class 830s were re-engined between 1981 and 1991, becoming Class 831, some of which remained in service until 2010.
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Class 835

Class 835

There was only one Class 835 and that's probably just as well. The unit was built by Metrovagonmash in 2003 and the idea was that Russia would pay its outstanding debts to the Czech Republic with a fleet of these DMUs. Fortunately the deal fell through and the trial unit quickly disappeared.
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Class 842

Class 842

The two prototype class 842 railcars were built in 1989 with twin diesel engines and hydraulic transmissions. A further 43 followed in 1993-94. They are widely distributed around the Czech Republic, working stopping and fast trains on secondary lines and the more important branches, usually with one or more trailers in tow.
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Class 843

Class 843

The 31 Class 843 motor coaches built in 1995-97 marked a return to diesel railcars with electric transmission for the first time since the Class 830s. The 843s can usually be found working fast trains on secondary lines across the country. Some are paired with class 943 driving trailers, removing the need to run round at the end of the journey.
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Class 850, 851

Class 850, 851

The first two class 850 diesel-hydraulic railcars were built in 1962 but it was 1967 before they went into series production. After another 50 had been built, a modified version, the Class 851, was introduced with 37 built in 1968-69. They were intended for express passenger work but were relegated to more menial duties later. All had been withdrawn by 2014.
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Class 852, 853 & 854

Class 852, 853 & 854

Between 1968 and 1971 CSD introduced 25 Class 852 and 35 Class 853 diesel-hydraulic railcars for use on expresses. The 853s had a few enhancements to allow their use on international services. Both classes were plagued with engine problems and from 1997 to 2006 a total of 50 were modernised and fitted with Caterpillar engines. Class 854s are used on fast and local passenger services on secondary lines, often paired with class 954 driving trailers.
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Diesels

Diesels

In the early years of the 21st Century there was still a lot of work for diesel locomotives in the Czech Republic. There weren't that many different types but the variety of liveries was unmatched anywhere in Europe. Over the years some lines were electrified and others lost their loco hauled services but the photos here were taken while it was still good.
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Electrics

Electrics

Most of the Czech Republic's main lines are electrified, generally at 3000V DC in the north and east and 25kV AC in the south and west. Locomotives are a mixture of DC only, AC only or dual system types, often with different versions of the same basic design for different voltages. Bo-Bo designs predominate with most built between the 1960s and 1980s, although modern locos from Bombardier and Siemens have also appeared in recent years.
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Motor Coaches

Motor Coaches

Instead of DMUs, CSD traditionally built diesel motor coaches to work fast and semi-fast services on main and secondary lines. They were designed to haul a number of trailers. Driving trailers have been introduced to operate with some classes but only fairly recently.
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EMU

EMU

Until the early years of the 21st Century the only EMUs in the Czech Republic were used on suburban duties around some of the main centres such as Praha and Brno. The first Pendolinos arrived in 2005 and several other classes for regional services have followed since (although they're not featured here).
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Freight

Freight

Freight traffic has dropped dramatically since the fall of the iron curtain and the deregulation of road transport in the late 1980s and early 1990s. There are still significant levels of freight on several corridors but, away from the electrified main lines it can be sparse. As in much of Europe diesel worked freights are relatively hard to find.
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Loco Hauled Passenger

Loco Hauled Passenger

Most long distance passenger trains are still loco hauled and it's also possible to find locos on local services on the electrified network, although the number of EMUs is increasing. Diesel hauled passengers are largely restricted to a few routes with heavier than usual traffic levels. Many of the diesel hauled trains pictured here are now worked by DMUs.
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CD

CD

CD (Cesky Drahy) is the national passenger operator responsible for most passenger services in the Czech Republic. It operates the majority of services on most lines, from rural branches to electrified international routes, although there are now a few independent operators as well. CD has a large and varied fleet of diesel and electric locomotives, EMUs, DMUs and diesel railcars.
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CD Cargo

CD Cargo

CD Cargo is the freight arm of Cesky Drahy, operated as a separate subsidiary since 2007. It still operates the majority of freight traffic on the Czech system despite the opening of the system to foreign and independent operators. CD Cargo operates a large and varied fleet of electric locomotives with a smaller diesel fleet.
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Independents & Industrials

Independents & Industrials

There are now a large number of independent or industrial operators running their own locomotives or units on the Czech system. They cover the whole gamut of operations from inter city passenger to short freight hauls and use a wide range of traction including some classes long extinct on CD's roster.
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preserved

preserved

There is an active preservation scene in the Czech Republic with preserved locos and railcars regularly running on the national system. As well as enthusiast groups there are also locos adopted by depots or railway staff groups and kept in working order and others owned by the National Technical Museum. Steam, diesel and electric classes are all well represented.
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ZSSK

ZSSK

There is a high degree of commonality between the Czech and Slovak loco fleets and co-operation between ZSSK and CD sees Slovak locos working to Praha while Czech locos work deep into Slovakia. Slovak Class 350s are a common sight between Breclav and Praha while Classes 162 and 362 can also be seen on occasion.
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