|163039 heads along the Vltava river at Strekov with a service to Kolin. 07/08/2017|
Thursday 3 Aug
|242 234 at Brno Zidenice with a service to Tisnov - 03/08/2017|
As ever landing at Brno was uneventful and we were quickly on the bus into the city. Checking into our hostel took a little longer than planned due to a slight overshoot on my part which resulted in us walking almost out of town completely- I was sure our accommodation wasn't that far out!
|A Tatra KT8D5 tram pauses outside the main station. 03/08/17|
Friday 4 Aug
|749 265* pauses at Ruda nad Moravou with its portion working to Jesenik. 04/08/2017|
|Our first Goggle of the trip- 750 704 pauses at|
Namest n. Oslavou. Our DMU back to Prague can be seen in
the adjacent platform. One of my fellow enthusiasts
bags can be seen on the near platform!
|Retro liveried 362 001 pauses on its way to Sumperk.|
|The cab view from 362 001.|
|Our return Goggle 750 707 at Ruda nad Moravou. 04/08/2017|
It had stopped raining, but of course when we arrived at Zabreh for the train to split it had started again. We had come this way in the as we had gen that our portion on to Jesenik would be worked forward by 749 265* and sure enough the grumpy was waiting in the headshunt to back onto our half of the train. Of course I wish it had been loud but it was nice to get a grumpy I wasn't planning to see, and a new livery for me as well. We took this to Ruda nad Moravou for a +20 or so into 750 717 back to Zabreh (not raining this time). A grumpy and two goggles down and we hadn't made it to Prague yet!
|ZSSK 350 006 at Parbudice with a train to Prague. 04/08/2017|
|Our star sighting at Pardubice, AWT Goggles 753 009 and |
753 739 with a train of oil tanks. 04/08/2017
|Several Polish EP09's make it to Prague, we were brought in by EP09-033.|
Had we got to Liben an hour earlier we might have got some really nice shots, as it happens we saw a few freights before the sunlight faded. As we were leaving the station one of the elderly class 451 EMU's pulled in- out of the bushes appeared a group of about 5 youths, most with spray paint, one with camera and tripod who proceeded to start re-liverying the train! An impressive operation but not really what you want to see. We headed back to the main station and met up with our other British contingents James and Ian for dinner in one of the 'Railway' pubs. It was great to have our pivo's delivered by train but aside from that the food and service was a little underwhelming. Most of our group had not been to Prague before so we walked off dinner around the old town... before we knew it the time was gone 01:00 again.
|130 008 curves into Praha Liben catching the very last of the days sunlight. 04/08/2017|
Saturday 5th Aug
|740 692 pauses at Praha Vrsovice with it's train to Cercany. 05/08/2017|
|749 121 has to be the best looking 'Grumpy' currently running. Sadly this is|
all I saw of it on this trip parked at Praha Vrsovice. 05/08/2017.
|749 259 on the turn to Rakovnic departs from Beorun to head onto the diesel branch. 05/08/2017|
|CD Cargo 742 069 and 742126 in the yard at Beorun.|
|720 097 at shunts at Tabor having completed it's days work.|
|113 002 waits dormant for its next run to Bechyne. 05/08/17|
|749264* departs empty from Praha Hl.N having worked in from Cercany vice Goggle. 05/08/2017|
Sunday 6th August
|742 216 in the yard at Kolin. 06/08/2017|
|In one of the last patches of sun before it disappeared for the day 130 025 takes car carriers through Kolin. 06/08/2017.|
|There is something about a green Skoda- 122 036, Kolin.|
It was with a mixed reaction therefore that I turned up at Zruc to find 742 042 standing with stock with the train, re timed to leave at 15:20. So I had my train and no bus... but I didn't have my Grumpy. The run was pleasant if uneventful and I was joined by the rest of my group on Cercany who had spent the afternoon with 749 121 on it's booked turn. The logo on Sp1832 is booked to swap at Cercany and 749107 had appeared on shed. Would I get it after all? No, the Goggle ran around and continued with the train back to Prague.
|754 042 waits to pass another train at Sazava Sp1832 15:20 |
Zruc nad Szavou - Praha Hl.N. 06/08/2017
There was one final move before dinner, to pick up 754 007 on the inbound turn from Tanvald. A DMU was taken out to Prague Cakovice in order to pick up R1149 15:51 Tanvald - Prague Vrsovice- 754 007 providing about the best noise I have ever heard from a Goggle- and it still wasn't much!
|R1149 15:51 Tanvald - Praha Vrsovice waits time at Praha Hl.N.|
This train had produced 749 107 on my previous visit. 06/08/17
Monday 7th August
|Trams in Prague, 2210 dating from 1932 is in 'Heritage' service, while the|
Tatra T3 is one of the hundreds in regular service in the city.
|750 707 waits for departure with the 17:05 Praha Bobny - Raknovice. 07/08/2017|
|Stunning light catches 854 029 at Praha Vrsovice. 05/08/2017|
|I had once again failed to ride a 714 on this trip. 714 202 sits temptingly in |
the sun at Praha Bobny waiting for its next duty. 07/08/2017
|754 031 departs Praha Vrsovice with the 10:55 Praha - Cercany. 05/08/2017|
|Unfortunately going the 'wrong' way 130 023 skirts the Vltava at Strekov- a loco I saw in green on my previous visit. 07/08/2017|