|263 001 at Brno|
The last time I visited Brno it was pouring with rain- this time the weather was much more pleasant- and not the scorching temperatures of the week before which I had thankfully missed.
I was pleased to see that there were still some 242 locos pottering around, I would say just under 50% still wearing the old red/cream livery. The 242's mostly seemed to work the trains to Breclaw and Vranovice. I went for a spin with 242 247 to Rajrhad on a Vranovice train, returning with 362 165. I then headed into town for a wander and to photograph some of the many trams (including old Tatras)- I could happily have stayed in Brno for dinner as it seemed a lovely city- but I had to get back to the station and make my way to Bratislava to meet my companions for the rest of the trip.
|242 214 approaches Rajrhad with a train to Brno.|
|There are still some variations to the corporate Ceske Drahy|
livery such as 362 019.
Friday 21st August-
We awoke to a sunny morning in Bratislava and before long our first freight had turned up- A Siemens Eurorunner E189 845... well that isn't what I came here to see! Bratislava's main station is a great place to watch the trains and quite busy. I was particularly keen to catch some class 240's and this didn't prove to be difficult with one stabled in the middle of the station and several others appearing.
|New and old Skoda's at Bratislava. There is almost 50 years between the designs of 380 019 and 240 136|
|363 099 with a car train at Svaty Jur|
Rail Trans International 242 557 was stabled on a train at Komarno but with no other obvious activity it was time to leave the station and start the walk over the Danube to Komarom.
|Attractive 'Goggle' 468 001 at Komarom|
|418 140 smokes away from Papa with a train bound for Celldoemoelk.|
|New build 'Phoenix' loco 91 53 0417 002 at Gyor Gyarvaros|
Saturday 22nd August
|M61 017 shunts the dining car ready to return at the front of the slightly delayed 14:42 Tapolca - Budapest Deli|
|M62 - 628 265 waits for it's passenger turn in at Tapolca.|
|Finished for the day, 628 265 with a|
rainbow at Szekesfehervar.
628 265 put in a decent performance on the M62 turn. Heritage M41 2143 was passed at Balatonfured. The M62 was replaced, as planned, at Szabadbattyan for 431 285 for the run onward to Budapest Deli. The replacement presumably happening here as Szekesfehervar is a complete building site!
Sunday 23rd August
|430 324 is just moments away from Budapest Deli|
|Steam locomotives line up around the turntable at the Budapest railway museum.|
|Passing trains at Szrliget. 761 004 and MAV 470 006|
Softronic Lema- CER 610 100 (never seen one of these before!)
MAV 630 008
Metrans 761 004 + 761 xxx
DB 'Phoenix' loco 91 53 0417 002 (again)
MMV 91 53 0480 007
Gysev Cargo ES 64 U2 070
We headed back to Kelenfold with 470 005. Here we were able to catch 630 006 LE and 630 040 with a fright while 418 331 was seen with an evening train to Tapolca.
A sensible move at this point would have been to head back into Budapest to get dinner at a reasonable time for the fist time in the trip- but of course as it was still almost light we didn't do this and instead went on to Ferencvaros. Staff didn't seem the least bit bothered about us wandering around the depot where we were able to photograph:
|628 230 around the turntable at Ferencvaros depot, Budapest.|
628 069 (Kozgep)
After the successful visit 431 537 was our chariot on to Kibanya Kispest before enjoying some heritage soviet metro action on line 3.
|628 165 awaits its next duty in the shed at Ferencvaros.|
Monday 24th August
|480 017 waits to leave Budapest Keleti with the 08:10 to|
Sopron and Szombathely. Note the Gysev coaches.
I made my way to Gyor instead behind 480 017 and headed to Csorna just in case any Ludmillas were still lurking here- they weren't. Back to Gyor 430 325 to then work out a plan to meet EC245 the 'Citadella' to get into Solvenia. There were three options, via Csorna and Szombathely, via Celldoemoelk, or straight down to Veszprem. When 418 204 was seen ready to go with the 11:47 to Veszprem the decision was made as I had covered very little of this line before. The journey is very slow (I did worry shortly after leaving Gyor when a road sign showed 69km to Veszprem- it was going to take 2 hours to do 69km!!?) but some sections, particularly the southern half of the journey are very scenic.
|Former Gysev loco 418 204 pauses at Zirc while working the 11:47 Gyor - Veszprem.|
|664 104 has just attached to the 'Citadella' at Hodos and will|
now haul the train noisily through to Pragersko, Slovenia.
|342 014 at Pragersko waits to take EC246 forward to Ljubljana|
Tuesday 25th August
Not time for much this morning before my Wizz flight back to Luton. A quick wander round Ljubljana which looks to be a lovely town and 20 minutes at the station which seemed to be very busy. 661 032 and 664 014 were both seen stabled. The amount of graffiti on the multiple units out here is appalling.
Another excellent whistle-stop trip. Thanks to Rob, Rabbit and Matt for the company. After two very hurried trips I feel I've still barely touched the surface of the Czeck Republic, or Slovakia for that matter- A longer trip in its own right is definitely required. Hungary never disappoints and it was great to get a ride behind an M62 out there and to have such good, and unplanned luck with the M41's. I will be back for more- and maybe one day I'll manage to find an ex-British FLOYD loco working!?
I hardly feel like I saw Slovenia- so that's another one to add to the list to come back to- though I suspect the Citadella will have gone electric before I am able to.
|M41 passes M62 at Balatonkenese, one of many passing loops on the railway to the north of lake Balaton.|