Trip to Czech Republic and Slovakia - April 1999

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Wednesday 31st March 1999

Timperley   16:39   Metrolink Trams 1004 + 1024
Altrincham 16:43 17:05 '19A' Arriva bus
Manchester Airport Terminal 1 17:38      
MAN Terminal 2   19:05   Lauda Air NG9229 (Canadair Jet OE-LRB)
VIE Airport 22:35 23:10   Vienna Airport Lines bus
Wien Westbf 23:45      
overnight at Hotel Fürstenhof, opposite station

Thursday 1st April 1999

Wien Westbf   06:44 'U6' Trams 4927 + 1235 + 2645 + 1922 + 4910
Spittelau 06:54 07:08 ? ÖBB EMU 4010 005
Gmünd NÖ 09:20 09:30 1760 ČD DR 810 226-1 (+ T from České Velenice)
České Budĕjovice 10:28 11:43 8044 ČD EL 242 277-2 + DR 809 163‑9
via "branch" platform at Dívčice to drop off 809 163-9 from rear to form next branch train to Netolice
Protivín 12:33 12:39 7905 ČD DR 842 015-0 + T
Březnice 13:48 13:51 17908 ČD DR 810 193-3 + T
Blatná 14:20 15:00 27909 ČD DR 810 210-5
Nepomuk 15:45 16:14 D765 ČD EL 242 285-5
Čičenice 17:21 17:42 28008 ČD DR 809 534-1
Týn nad Vltavou 18:14 18:28 28011 ČD DR 809 534-1
Čičenice 19:01 19:06 D766 ČD EL 242 277-2
Plzeň hl n 20:42      
overnight at Hotel Continental, Zbrojnická 8

Friday 2nd April 1999 (Good Friday)

Plzeň hl n   07:56 7506 ČD EL 242 216-0
Klatovy 08:49 10:32 17509 ČD DR 831 168-0
Horaždovice předmĕstí 12:05 12:32 8005 ČD EL 242 285-5
České Budĕjovice 14:30 14:54 28207 ČD DR 810 573-6 + 2T + 810 575-1
Rybník 16:11 16:17 20910 ČD EL 113 006-1
Lipno nad Vltavou 17:06 17:57 20915 ČD EL 113 006-1
Rybník 18:45 19:57 28212 ČD DR 810 572-8 + T
České Budĕjovice 21:04      
overnight at Hotel Grand, outside station

Saturday 3rd April 1999

České Budĕjovice   8:38 D665 ČD EL 242 253-3
Kostelec u Jihlavy 10:40 10:49 28309 ČD DR 810 248-5 + T
Slavonice 12:40      
It had been hoped that there might be a taxi, or a bus, available here to get to Jemnnice, the end of the other nearby branch. In fact, there was nothing available (perhaps Easter Saturday was not a good day to try this) but the town is quite interesting and we found plenty to do to spend the time waiting for the train (e.g. several Restuarants  and the Clock Tower). Other than Jemnice, there was nothing in the area we "needed", anyway.
Slavonice   16:40   ČD DR 810 246-9 + 810 248-5
Kostelec u Jihlavy 18:15 18:19 8206 ČD EL 242 269-9
České Budĕjovice 20:13      
overnight at Hotel Grand, outside station

Saturday 4th April 1999

České Budĕjovice   07:41 D634 ČD  EL 363 126-4
Olbramovice 09:14 09:17 26106 ČD DR 810 099-2
Sedlčany 09:45 10:11 26107 ČD DR 810 099-2
Olbramovice 10:40 10:58 8204 ČD  EL 363 129-8
Benešov u Prahy 11:13 11:27 19109 ČD DR 810 436-6
Trhový Štĕpánov 12:29 12:31 19112 ČD DR 810 155-6 (note different train!)
Benešov u Prahy 13:36 13:49 9124 ČD EMU 451 088 + 2T + 451 087
Cerčany 13:59 14:16 9213 ČD DR 810 104-0 + T
Svĕtlá nad Sázavou 16:54 18:05 5939 ČD EL 363 006-8
Havličkův Brod 18:24      
The train to Pardubice was sitting in the side platform at Havličkův Brod, but with no indication as to which way it would go (I wanted to go the non-main-line route as we had gone that way, the "EGTRE" way, on the pIBSE trip last October) even up to a few minutes before departure. With two power units, of course, we had a driver at end (they did not start the engines and light the head/tail lights until immediately before start time)! We saw that the signal towards the main line was clear, but then we set off the other (correct) way! That signal was clear as well.
Havličkův Brod   18:52 5316 ČD DR 810 511-6 + 2T + 810 298-0
Pardubice 21:09      
overnight Hotel Labe, Masarykovo námĕstí 2633 (near to "Tesco")

Monday 5th April 1999 (Bank Holiday)

Pardubice   09:09 D245 ČD EL 151 011-4
Ústí nad Orlicí 09:45 10:09 15269 ČD EL 111 018-8
Letohrad 10:32 10:39 D959 ČD DL 754 068-5
Dolní Lipka 11:11 11:16 15225 ČD DR 810 619-7
Štíty 11:49 12:11 15224 ČD DR 810 619-7
Dolní Lipka 12:45 14:00 5285 ČD DR 810 327-1
Hanušovice 14:31 14:53 13662 ČD DR 809 398-1 + 809 209-0
Staré Mĕsto pod Snĕžníkem 15:13 15:22 13663 ČD DR 809 209-0 + 809 398-1
Hanušovice 15:42 16:02 3612 ČD DR 843 020-9 + 3T + 831 233-2
Šumperk 16:45 16:50 13766 ŽD DR 810 221-2 + T
Petrov nad Desnou 16:58 17:02 23876 ŽD DR 810 141-2
there seemed to be medium-term bus substitution between Velké Losiny and Kouty nad Desnou
Sobotín 17:08 17:54 23883 ŽD DR 810 141-2
Petrov nad Desnou 18:00 18:08 13771 ŽD DR 810 141-2 shunted to other platform with passengers on + 810 221-2
Šumperk 18:16 18:30 3731 ČD DL 749 214-3
Zabřeh na Moravĕ 18:45 18:58 243 ČD EL 163 038-3
Olomouc hl n        
overnight Hotel Sigma, outside station

Tuesday 6th April 1999

Olomouc hl n   07:33 D1821 ČD EL 162 016-0
via Přerov Avoiding Line, and diveunder line south of Hranice na Moravĕ. This latter move appears to be normal (I did it on this train some years ago) as it is a good way to get from the left-hand running of the Přerov - Bohumin line to the right-hand running of the Hranice na Moravĕ to Púchov line.
Vsetín 09:02 09:08 23209 ČD DR 810 506-6 + 2T
Velké Karlovice 10:07 10:20 23210 ČD DR 810 506-6 + 2T
Vsetín 11:10 12:13 3257 ČD EL/DR 162 018-6 + 810 190-9 + T
Horni Lideč 12:36 12:47 23261 ČD DR 810 190-9
Bylnice 13:13 13:17 D920 ČD DL 754 063-6
Kunovice 14:25 14:27 ? ČD DR 810 651-0 + 4T + 810 455-6
Uherské Hradištĕ 14:30 15:16 ? ČD DR 810 455-6 + 2T
Veselí nad Moravou 15:38 16:20 ? ČD DR 842 032-5
Vrbovce 16:56 17:01 3119 ŽSR DR 810 432-5 + T + 810 499-4
Nové Mesto nad Váhom 18:02 18:13 3081 ŽSR EL 363 140-5
Trenčin 18:40 18:48 IC503 ŽSR EL 350 004-8
Žilina 19:39      
overnight Hotel Polom, outside station

Wednesday 7th April 1999

Žilina   08:45 D333 ŽSR EL 162 008-7
Čadca 09:10      
Beware - it is a good 5 minutes walk to the Makov branch platforms at Čadca!
Čadca   09:19 4006 ŽSR DR 830 188-9
Makov 10:10 10:15 4011 ŽSR DL 754 377-4
Čadca 11:05 11:10 3911 ŽSR EMU 460 049-0 + 2T + 460 050‑8
Žilina 11:51 12:40 ? ŽSR EL 363 144-7
Kraľovany 13:13 13:26 bus due to short-term  Level Crossing engineering works
Párnica 13:44 13:42 7911 ŽSR DR 811 007-4 + 2T + 811 003-3
Trstená 15:45 16:09 7916 ŽSR DR 811 003-3 + 2T + 811 007-4
Kraľovany 18:08 18:20 7840 ŽSR EL 162 022-8
Vrútky 18:41 19:20 R441 ŽSR DL 754 004-0
Banská Bystrica mesto 20:35      
overnight Hotel Arcade, Namesti SNP 5

Thursday 8th April 1999

Banská Bystrica mesto   08:39 7344 ŽSR DL 750 149-7
Banská Bystrica 08:42 08:53 7409 ŽSR DL 753 256-7 + 750 198-4
Brezno 09:59 10:17 7645 ŽSR DR 820 116-2
Jesenské 13:23 13:40 7610 ŽSR DR 820 094-1 + 820 116-2
Rimavská Sobota 13:58 14:26 7707 ŽSR DR 810 426-7
Poltár 15:20 15:23 6231 ŽSR DR 810 530-6 + 2T + 810 391-3
Utekač 16:01 16:28 6616 ŽSR DR 810 391-3 + 2T + 810 530-6
* Poltár       same set + 810 426-7 on rear
Breznička 17:15 17:17 6710 ŽSR DR 810 390-5
Katarinska Huta 17:34 17:40 6711 ŽSR DR 810 390-5
Breznička 17:57 18:00 7709 ŽSR DR 810 414-3
Lučenec 18:18 18:22 1822 ŽSR DL 754 002-0
Zvolen osob st 19:12 19:55 7326 ŽSR DR 851 008-3
Banská Bystrica mesto 20:25      
Two of todays's trains were driven by myself, after some training by the non-English speaking driver! Total distance / time driven - about 20km / 35 minutes. I made two station starts and stops all by myself, with no help from the driver. Actual routes not given in order to protect the staff involved.
overnight Hotel Arcade, Namesti SNP 5

Friday 9th April 1999

Banská Bystrica mesto   08:46 7317 ŽSR DL 754 036-2
Zvolen osob st 09:16 09:21 D804 ŽSR EL 240 132-1 {via Levice}
Galanta 11:43 12:04 2007 ŽSR EL 263 011-9
Nové Zámky 12:54 13:18 4809 ŽSR EL 240 004-2
Komárno 13:46 13:59 4905 ŽSR DR 810 356-6 + 1T
Kolárovo 14:48 15:00 4908 ŽSR DR 810 356-6
Komárno 15:50 16:00 4812 ŽSR EL 240 004-2
Nové Zámky 16:27 17:01 5065 ŽSR DL 754 056-4
Nitra 17:46 17:56 5112 ŽSR DR 810 485-3 + 1T
Zbehy 18:15 18:22 720 ŽSR DL 750 166-1
* Leopoldov       ŽSR EL 240 134-7
Trnava 19:16      
overnight Hotel Apollo, Štefánikova 23 (15 minutes walk)

Saturday 10th April 1999

Trnava   08:24 603 ŽSR EL 350 015-4
Leopoldov 08:36 09:00 4505 ŽSR DR 810 485-3
Sereď 09:19 09:26 4559 ŽSR EL 240 097-6
Galanta 09:37 10:20 4560 ŽSR EL 240 097-6
Trnava 10:50 12:04 2610 ŽSR EMU 560 031-7 + 3T + 560 032-5
Jablonica 12:47 13:33 2807 ŽSR DR 810 370-7
Brezová pod Bradlom 13:55 14:15 2806 ŽSR DR 810 370-7
Jablonica 14:35 14:54 2612 ŽSR EMU 560 029-2 + 3T + 560 030-9
Kúty 15:32 16:17 2418 ŽSR DR 810 385-4 + 2T
* Skalice nad Moravou       ŽSR DR 810 385-4
Sudomĕřice nad Moravou 17:10 17:27 2211 ČD DR 810 469-7 via Rohatec
Hodonín 17:47 18:06 233 ČD EL 363 029-0
Břeclav 18:24 19:08 2327 ÖBB EL 1014 014-3P
Wien Nord 20:29      
overnight Hotel Nordbahnhof, outside station

Sunday 11th April 1999

Wien Nord   08:00 2200 ÖBB EMU 4020 052-9
Retz 09:06 09:16 6274 ČD DR 810 123-0
Znojmo 09:41 10:33 14503 ČD DR 830 098-0 + 2T + 810 028-2
Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou 11:00 11:03 4535 ČD DR 842 003-6 + 1T
Břeclav 11:53 12:12 2317 ÖBB EL 1014 004-4P
Floridsdorf 13:25 13:29 'S2' ÖBB EMU 4020 021
Handelskai 13:33 13:44 'S45' ÖBB EMU 4020 098
Wien Hütteldorf 14:11 14:34 'U4'  
Landstraße (Wien Mitte) 14:54 15:06 'S7' ÖBB EMU 4020 203
Wien Schwechat Flughafen 15:38      
VIE   17:05   Lauda Air NG9228 (Canadair Jet OE-LRA)
MAN T2 18:35
Manchester T2 Bus Area   18:58 '19B' Arriva bus
Altrincham Interchange 19:14 19:27   Metrolink tram 1007
Timperley 19:31      

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