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.

24 photos

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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.

9 photos

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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.

12 photos

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