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.

67 photos

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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.

41 pictures

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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.

34 photos

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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.

61 photos

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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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go to Sumperk - Jesenik gallery (2005-2007)
go to Sumperk - Jesenik gallery (2008 onwards)

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.

49 photos

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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 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.

7 photos

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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.

15 photos

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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.

7 photos

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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.

24 photos

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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.

12 pictures

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