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 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 farming country in the Blanice Valley at first but then taking to the hills and forests and climbing to a summit 842m above sea level, north of Volary. Passenger traffic is all worked by 4-wheel railbuses but there is a daily pick-up freight, worked by a class 751 diesel. These photos were taken of the pick-up in August 2009 and September 2011.

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Line 295 Lipova Lazne - Javornik v/S

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

4 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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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 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 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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