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.

30 pictures

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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 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 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 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 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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