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140 Nove Zamky - Prievidza

140 Nove Zamky - Prievidza

The Nove Zamky - Prievidza line is a long single-track secondary line that runs through a number of medium sized towns and is served by a mixture of loco hauled passengers and railbuses. For most of its length, the line runs through nondescript, flat, farming country but north of Partizanske it gets close to the hills for the last few km, through Novaky to Prievidza.
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160 Zvolen - Jesenske

160 Zvolen - Jesenske

The Zvolen - Kosice line is a long, diesel worked, secondary route that runs from east to west across southern Slovakia. The westernmost section from Zvolen to Lucenec and Filakovo has a regular local passenger service with many trains loco hauled by class 750 or 754 diesels. East of Filakovo, there's only the occasional railbus. There are also a few class 754 hauled fast passengers and a number of freights. This gallery features pictures from 2003 and 2011.
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160 Jesenske - Kosice

160 Jesenske - Kosice

The east end of the Zvolen - Kosice main line has a sparse passenger service consisting of a few fast trains hauled by class 754 diesels and even fewer locals worked by 4-wheel railbuses. However, freight traffic is heavy for a diesel worked route and most of the freights are worked by class 751 diesels, often in pairs. The line runs through the attractive Karst landscape of the Slovensky Kras, an area of high rounded hills and broad valleys.
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170 Zvolen - Vrutky

170 Zvolen - Vrutky

The route from Vrutky to Zvolen via Banska Bystrica is central Slovakia’s most important north - south link and carries significant volumes of freight and passenger traffic. The south end of the line is electrified but most trains are still diesel hauled. The most interesting section is north of Banska Bystrica where the line climbs through the mountains to a tunnel under the Maly Sturec Pass, giving access to broad Turiec Valley that runs north to Vrutky.
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172-173 B Bystrica - Margecany

172-173 B Bystrica - Margecany

The long secondary route from Banska Bystrica to Margecany is one of Slovakia’s most scenic lines, running from east to west through the mountainous heart of the country. The west end of the line has experienced a revival of loco hauled passengers in recent years but the main attractions are the daily fast trains, R811 from Bratislava to Kosice and R810 back, that run the whole length of the line. Freight traffic is minimal and limited to pick-up workings.
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180 Zilina - Kosice

180 Zilina - Kosice

Slovakia’s principal west - east main line climbs to a summit 900m above sea level at Strba, in the shadow of the High Tatra mountains. The line is double track and electrified, with heavy passenger and freight traffic by Slovakian standards. Many different types of electric loco can be seen, including class 131 twins and older class 183s on freights and classes 150, 162, 163, 350, 362 and 363 on passengers.
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190 Kosice - Cierna n/T & SRT

190 Kosice - Cierna n/T & SRT

Two electrified lines run in parallel towards the Ukrainian border east of Kosice. The double track line to Cierna nad Tisou carries passenger and freight traffic while the broad gauge SRT is freight only and runs to a second border crossing at Matovce, north of Cierna. The Cierna line is worked by a wide variety of electric motive power while the SRT is the exclusive domain of the class 125.8 twin unit electrics.
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191 Banovce n/O - Humenne

191 Banovce n/O - Humenne

The line from Banovce nad Ondavou north to Humenne is one of the least photogenic in Slovakia but has one of the country’s most intense diesel loco hauled passenger services. Class 754s work most local services on the line as well as the few fast trains, including overnights to Bratislava and Praha. Freight traffic is minimal.
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193 Presov - Straske

193 Presov - Straske

This rural secondary line forms the main part of the secondary route from Presov to Humenne and had a good loco hauled passenger service in 2003. Despite an influx of 4-wheel railbuses, there were still a few loco hauled trains in 2011. The line runs through attractive countryside with a summit in tunnel east of Lipniky and some impressive viaducts west of Hanusovce nad Toplou.
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194 Presov - Bardejov

194 Presov - Bardejov

The Presov - Bardejov line was one of the last Slovak lines to be worked by class 830 railcars but a number of loco hauled services, worked by the elusive class 752 diesels, were also seen during a 2003 visit. The line is a delightful rural backwater, running through attractive countryside, dotted with farms and small villages.
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Class 125.8

Class 125.8

The 3000V DC Class 125.8 Bo-Bo electrics are based on the Class 123 design but are 5ft gauge and only have a single cab as they run in semi-permanently coupled pairs. A total of 44 (22 pairs) were built in 1976 for working freight traffic on the 87km SRT line from Matovce on the Ukrainian border to Haniska pri Kosiciach, adjacent to Kosice Steelworks.
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Class 131

Class 131

The Class 131 Bo-Bos were introduced in 1980 to work heavy freight traffic on the main line from the Ukrainian border to Zilina and Ostrava. Although they look like a twin unit version of the class 163, they're more closely related electrically to the previous generation of DC locos. A total of 100 were built, each with a single cab, making 50 semi-permanently coupled pairs.
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Class 163

Class 163

Class 163 is the 3000V DC only version of the dual-system Class 363 Bo-Bo. The 163s are mixed traffic locos, equally at home on all but the fastest expresses or freight. Some of ZSSK's 163s have been converted to dual-system Class 361s. The remaining locos are based at Kosice. CD's 163s have been seen working on the Cadca - Zilina - Kosice route as well.
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Class 183

Class 183

Class 183 was the final incarnation of the standard six-axle 3000V DC heavy freight locomotive for CSD and all went to Slovakia on partition. They can still be found working freight on the main line across northern Slovakia.
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Class 240

Class 240

The 145 Class 240 25kV AC Bo-Bo electrics date from 1968 and were a minor development of the class 230, the first 25kV design. The class remains in service with ZSSK and ZCSC as well as CD.
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Class 242 (CD)

Class 242 (CD)

CD's Class 242s are a development of the class 240 and sometimes visit Slovakia to equalise the mileages worked by ZSSK's locos on CD metals. The locos seen here were well off the beaten track on the Zvolen - Banska Bystrica line.
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Class 350

Class 350

Skoda built 20 class 350 dual system Bo-Bo electrics between 1974 and 1976. They were the first CSD locos capable of 160km/h and intended for Praha - Bratislava expresses. All 20 went to Slovakia at partition where they can be found on some Bratislava - Kosice expresses as well as trains to the Czech Republic and Hungary.
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Class 362

Class 362

Class 362 is the express passenger version of the Class 363 dual system Bo-Bo electric. Only one Class 362 was built new, in 1990, the rest have been created since 1999 by fitting class 363s with 140km/h bogies, some new, others from Class 162 DC locos. ZSSK uses its Class 362s alongside the 350s on Bratislava - Kosice expresses.
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Class 736

Class 736

Class 736 consists of 29 rebuilds of Class 735 centre-cab Bo-Bo diesel-electrics. Each loco has two Caterpillar engines, one producing a useful 1450hp, the other providing enough power for auxiliaries, allowing the main engine to be shut down when not required for traction. ZSCS uses 24 for freight work and ZSSK has 5 with ETH for light passenger work.
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Class 742

Class 742

The Class 742 1180hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was a development of the class 740 designed to meet the requirements of CSD. Almost 500 were built in 1977-86, with most going to CD. ZSCS uses its locos for shunting and light freight work. Since 2009, 17 742s have been rebuilt to a similar spec to the 736s and reclassified as Class 746.
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Class 750

Class 750

Class 750 was formed by replacing the train heating boiler of Class 753 Bo-Bo diesel locomotives with an ETH generator. A total of 163 were converted between 1991 and 1995. ZSSK's 750s were very active on passenger work in the first decade of the 21st Century but most have since been rebuilt as Class 757s or withdrawn.
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Class 751, 752

Class 751, 752

The Class 751 1480hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was introduced in 1964 to meet CSD's need for a medium powered passenger locomotive. Class 752 followed in 1969 without train heating. Many have been withdrawn but both classes can still be found working freight for ZSCS.
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Class 753

Class 753

The Class 753 1780hp Bo-Bo diesel-electric was a development of the Class 751, again originally intended for passenger work and fitted with a train heating boiler. A total of 408 were built in 1968-77. After the end of steam heat they were used on freight until ZSCS's last locos were withdrawn in the early years of the 21st Century.
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Class 754

Class 754

Class 754 was the final development of the 'Brejlovic' Bo-Bo design, built new with ETH and with a modest increase in power over the 753 to cover the ETH requirement. A total of 86 entered service with CSD and 26 went to ZSSK. They are still active, working many of the remaining loco hauled passenger services on non-electrified lines
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Class 756, 757

Class 756, 757

Class 756 and 757 are rebuilds of 753s or 750s with new Caterpillar engines, very similar to the Czech 753.7 and 750.7 classes. The 756s are freight locos, working for ZSCS, while the 757s have ETH and are used alongside Class 754s by ZSSK.
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Class 770, 771, 773

Class 770, 771, 773

Class 770 was the CSD version of the CME3 Co-Co diesel-electric produced in vast numbers for the USSR and designed for heavy shunting and trip working. A modified version produced in 1969-72 became Class 771. Ten 771s were rebuilt with Caterpillar engines from 1998, becoming Class 773, a type unique to Slovakia.
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Class 830, 850, 851

Class 830, 850, 851

ZSSK had around 30 diesel motorcoaches of classes 830, 850 and 851 on partition, the last of which were withdrawn in the early years of the 21st Century.
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ZSSK

ZSSK

ZSSK or Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (Slovak Railway Company) is the state owned operator of most passenger rail services in Slovakia. The company has a large fleet of diesel and electric locomotives, many of them dating from the 1980s or earlier, and relatively few railcars or multiple units compared to most European countries.
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ZSCS

ZSCS

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, also known as ZSSK Cargo, is Slovakia's state owned rail freight operator, which runs the vast majority of freight trains in Slovakia using a fleet of ageing diesel and electric locomotives and some rebuilds.
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CD

CD

The Czech Republic's state owned passenger operator, Cesky Drahy, co-operates closely with ZSSK to operate passenger services between the two countries. As a result CD locomotives can be seen deep in Slovak territory and vice versa.
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Diesels

Diesels

Although most of Slovakia's main lines have been electrified for decades, there are still some significant diesel worked routes, particularly in central and eastern parts. Some classes are unique to Slovakia or remain in service after they have been withdrawn elsewhere. Diesel hauled passengers are also more common than in many parts of Europe.
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Electrics

Electrics

Slovakia has a diverse fleet of electric locomotives operating from 3000V DC and 25kV AC systems. They include some designs that can't be seen elsewhere, such as the Class 131 twin-unit freight locos used on DC main lines and the 5ft gauge Class 125.8s, as well as many of the CSD standard designs.
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Motorcoaches & MUs

Motorcoaches & MUs

Slovakia had relatively few motorcoaches and multiple units compared to many countries and many have been withdrawn since partition in 1993. There have been some new classes introduced in recent years and many of the class 810 4-wheel railbuses have been rebuilt.
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Loco Hauled Passenger

Loco Hauled Passenger

With relatively few multiple units, Slovakia had an unusually high number of loco hauled local passenger trains in the early years of the 21st Century, both diesel and electric. All long distance services and some local trains are still loco hauled.
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Freight

Freight

Although freight volumes have declined significantly since the Iron Curtain came down, Slovakia's railways still handle a reasonable volume of freight traffic. The country's geography and the lack of electrification in some areas means that diesel hauled heavy freight is more common than in many parts of Europe.
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