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 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 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.

24 photos

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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.

12 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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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.

21 photos

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