Trip to Czech Republic and Slovakia - September 1999

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Friday 3rd September 1999

Timperley   05:45   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 1 05:58 07:30 OK667 Czech Airlines (Boeing 737-500) OK-DGL
departed 115 late due to fog and air-traffic control problems
Prague Airport (PRG) 10:30     arrived 118 late
    12:54   Taxi - to catch up on planned route - cost Čk700
Kralupy nad Vtlavou 13:25 13:58 9708 ČD DL 749 227-5
Slaný 14:35 14:39 9724 ČD DR 810 597-5 + 1T
Zlonice 14:52 15:17 21673/
19634
ČD DR 809 282-7
Via reversal at Straškov. On departure from Straškov, the train took the line towards Zlonice because the signaller had not set the junction correctly! We had to reverse back to the junction and wait for the route to be re-set.
Libochovice 17:05 17:08 16911 ČD DR 810 148-7 + 1T
Lovosice 17:36     Found and checked into hotel
Lovosice   19:04 16112 ČD DR 810 317-8
Teplice v Čechach 20:23 20:32 792 ČD EL 163 095-3
Ústí nad Labem hl n 20:49      
Mírové Náměstí   21:25 '57' DPMÚ trolleybus 522
Staré Předlice 21:36 21:49 '57' DPMÚ trolleybus 522
Západní Nádraží 21:55      
Ústí nad Labem západ   22:24 6439 ČD DR 830 157-4
Via double reversal at Velké Žernoseky (to gain correct track - normal manoeuvre?) and reversal at Žalhostice
Lovosice 23:09      
Overnight at Hotel Lev, Kostelní 5 (10 mins walk from station, in centre of town)
New track today: Zlonice - Straškov - Libochovice, Lovosice - Řetenice, Velké Žernoseky - Žalhostice

Saturday 4th September 1999

Lovosice   08:56 1610 ČD EL 163 064-9
Wrong line through Prackovice nad Labem station due to engineering works
Ústí nad Labem hl n 09:22 10:08 16504 ČD DR 830 191-3
Wrong line through Světec station due to passing freight train; via diveunder line into west side of station
Bílina 10:58 11:03 670 ČD EL 163 017-7 ran 48 late, reason not known
Most 11:13 11:52 9707 ČD DR 810 218-8 + 1T ran 12 late
Louny 12:28 12:30 6708 ČD DR 810 083-6 + 1T ran 10 late
Rakovník 13:53 14:10 892 ČD DR 842 016-8 + 1T
Lochovice 15:30 15:45 27709 ČD DR 810406-9 + 1T + 810 029-9
Zadní Třebaň 16:34 16:48 9923 ČD EMU 451 091-3 + 3T + 451 ???-?
Praha hl n 17:29      
Hlavní Nádraží   17:43 'C' Praha Metro
Nádraží Holešovice 17:48      
Praha Holešovice   18:02 875 ČD EL 163 017-7
Praha hl n 18:16 19:05 223 ČD EL 162 037-6
Via "low level"route direct to outside Masarykovo station; via Goods Yard at Praha-Běchovice, and outside the diveunder line, due to engineering works on the main lines
Pardubice 20:17      
overnight at Hotel Labe, Masarykovo náměstí 2633 (10 mins walk from station, next to "Tesco") (1st night of 2)
New track today: Ústí nad Labem západ - Bílina, Lochovice - Zadní Třebaň, Praha Holešovice - Praha hl n (in that direction), goods lines at Praha‑Běchovice

Sunday 5th September 1999

Pardubice   08:20 680 ČD DL 750 098-6
Hradec Králové hl n 08:40 09:15 251 ČD EL 162 036-8
* Týniště nad Orlicí       ČD DL 754 077-6
Doudleby nad Orlicí 10:06 10:38 25204 ČD DR 810 512-4 + 1T
Rokytnice v Orlických horách 11:20 11:43 25207 ČD DR 810 512-4
Doudleby nad Orlicí 12:40 12:49 5102 ČD DL 754 081-8
Častolovice 12:59 13:39 25256 ČD DR 810 512-4 + 2T + 810 052-1
Solnice 14:07 14:26 25259 ČD DR 810 052-1
Častolovice 14:53 15:02 5104 ČD DL 750 292-5
Opočno pod Orlickými horami 15:43 15:49 90243 ČD DR 810 343-4
Dobruška 16:01      
Dobruška bus station   16:15   bus RK 54-17
Tried to gain time by getting a bus back to the main line to get the 16:51 train from Třebechovice - but couldn't quite find the station in time! Nothing was lost, as we got the same train we would have caught anyway - a deliberate back-up. Note that if the 16:51 had been as late as the 17:49 was, we would have caught it!
Třebechovice town centre 16:44      
Třebechovice pod Orebem   17:49 5252 ČD DL 750 346-9 departed 14 late
* Hradec Králové hl n       ČD EL 163 065-6 departed 6 late
Chlumec nad Cidlinou 18:54 18:56 961 ČD DR 854 030-4 departed 6 late
Ostroměř 19:20 19:26 1605 ČD DL 742 143-1
Hradec Králové hl n 20:03 20:33 15425 ČD DR 852 005-8 + 2T ran 13 late
Pardubice 21:04      
overnight at Hotel Labe (2nd night of 2)
New track today: Doudleby nad Orlicí - Rokytnice v Orlických horách, Častolovice - Solnice, Opočno pod Orlickými horami - Dobruška, Chlumec nad Cidlinou - Ostroměř

Monday 6th September 1999

Pardubice   08:49 5400 ČD EL 130 024-3
Jaroměř 09:46 09:52 15406 ČD DR 853 019-8 + 2T
Trutnov hl n 11:13 11:38 5730 ČD DR 852 023-1 + 1T + 810 263-4
Stará Paka 12:52 13:20 16452 ČD DR 810 652-8
Libuň 14:10 14:20 (1603) bus JC 61-15 due to engineering works; known about in advance and caused no difficulties
Jičín 14:34 14:58 5816 ČD DR 810 127-1 + 2T + 810 146-1
Nymburk hl n 16:03 16:19 6020 ČD DL 714 213-6 + 4T
Mladá Boleslav hl n 17:01 17:11 16406 ČD DR 810 243-6
Reverses just north of station at Mladá Boleslav hl n
Mělník 19:02 19:16 6449 ČD DR 853 006-5
Všetaty 19:27 19:30 1849 ČD DL 749 140-0 + ?C + DR 842 006-9
Praha hl n 20:21 22:10 225 ČD EL 150 015-6
* Vrútky       ŽSR EL 163 104-5
Spišská Nová Ves 07:05      
overnight in sleeper - very poor quality service - no water in our coach, no food or drink offered
New track today: Starkoč - Trutnov-Poříčí, Stará Paka - Libuň, Mladá Boleslav hl n - Mělník, Poprad-Tatry - Spišská Nová Ves

Tuesday 7th September 1999

Spišská Nová Ves   07:15 8505 ŽSR DR 810 376-4 + T + 810 422-6
Levoča 07:36      
Levoča bus station   08:00   bus SN 85-61 to gain time
Spišské Podhradie town centre 08:27      
Spišské Podhradie   09:19 8606 ŽSR DR 810 475-4
Spišské Vlachy 09:35 09:38 7814 ŽSR EL 162 022-8
Spišská Nová Ves 10:06 11:07 421 ŽSR EL 162 030-1

Via wrong line Malá Lodina - Kysak north, and  via west side loop at Družstevná pri Hornáde, due to engineering works

Košice 12:00     arrived 13 late. Checked into hotel
Košice   14:37 8911 ŽSR EL 163 103-5 ran 20 late

Via wrong line from Ruskov to junction at Červený Dvor (east of Slanec) to overtake a passenger train going towards Čierna nad Tisou; via direct line to Trebišov

Bánovce nad Ondavou 15:31 16:22 9311 ŽSR EL 163 053-2
Veľké Kapušany 16:57 17:27 9310 ŽSR EL 163 053-2
Michaľany 18:47 19:06 8812 ŽSR EMU sets 460 036/035 & 067/068 ran 9 late
Košice 19:55      

overnight at Hotel Slovan, Hlavná 1 (in town centre, 10 mins walk from station) (1st night of 3)

New track today: Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča, Spišské Podhradie - Spišské Vlachy, Spišská Nová Ves - Spišské Vlachy - Kysak - Košice, Košice - Slanec - Trebišov - Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany, Trebišov - Michaľany - Slanec

Wednesday 8th September 1999

Košice   08:18 6422 ŽSR DR 850 027-4 + 2T
Moldava nad Bodvou 09:01 09:05 7102 ŽSR DR 810 355-8
Medzev 09:33 10:07 7105 ŽSR DR 810 355-8
Moldava nad Bodvou 10:34 10:40 802 ŽSR DL 754 033-9
Rožňava 11:09 11:24 6463 ŽSR DR 810 453-1 + 1T
Dobšiná 12:15 13:04 7000 ŽSR DR 810 453-1 + 1T
Rožňava 13:51 13:55 6404 ŽSR DR 850 044-9 + 2T
Plešivec 14:11 14:20 6908 ŽSR DR 810 463-0
Slavošovce 15:06 16:05 6911 ŽSR DR 810 463-0
Plešivec 16:48 17:15 803 ŽSR DL 754 004-0 ran 19 late
Košice 18:21      
Železničká Stanica   19:11 '2' DPMK tram 617
Štadion Lokomotívy 19:26 19:32 '2' DPMK tram 626
Námestí Osloboditeľov 19:45      
overnight at Hotel Slovan (2nd night of 3)
New track today: Košice - Moldava nad Bodvou - Rožňava - Plešivec, Moldava nad Bodvou - Medzev, Rožňava - Dobšiná, Plešivec - Slavošovce

Thursday 9th September 1999

Košice   08:12 8907 ŽSR EL 163 111-8

Via wrong line from Krásna nad Hornádom to Nižná Myšľa due to engineering works, and via direct line

Trebišov 08:59 09:02 9007 ŽSR DR 810 005-9
Vranov nad Topľou 09:50 09:58 9107 ŽSR DL 754 005-7
Humenné 10:29 11:12 9409 ŽSR DR 810 567-8 + 2T + 810 159-4
Stakčín 12:03 12:17 9412 ŽSR DR 810 159-4 + 2T + 810 567-8
Humenné 13:03 14:27 9110 ŽSR DL 752 039-8
Via Vranov nad Topľou and Kapušany pri Prešove
Prešov 16:17 16:50 9211 ŽSR DR 830 123-6 + 2T + 830 172-3
Bardejov 18:01 18:44 9212 ŽSR DR 830 172-3 + 2T + 830 123-6
Prešov 19:59 20:45 8731 ŽSR EMU 460 056-5 + 3T + 460 040-9
Košice 21:27      

overnight at Hotel Slovan (3rd night of 3)

New track today: Trebišov - Vranov nad Topľou - Humenné - Stakčín, Vranov nad Topľou - Kapušany pri Prešove - Prešov, Kapušany pri Prešove - Bardejov, Prešov - Kysak (dark, but covered again tomorrow)

Friday 10th September 1999

Námestí Osloboditeľov   07:55 'R1' DPMK tram 501
Železničká Stanica 07:58      
Košice   08:15 604 ŽSR EL 363 144-7
Poprad-Tatry 09:31 09:44 8309 ŽSR DR 810 497-8 + T + 810 447-3
Plaveč 11:10 11:28 8754 ŽSR DR 810 497-8 through working; something to do to pass the time!
Čirč 11:35 11:38 8755 ŽSR DR 810 497-8
Plaveč 11:45 12:19 8785 ŽSR EL 140 076-1
Lipany 12:48 12:56 8769 ŽSR EMU 460 046-6 + 3T + 460 045-8
Družstevná pri Hornáde 14:16     looped to allow faster trains 811 and 1913 to pass, despite being on time, due to track fault ahead (?)
We wanted to get train 810, 14:40 Košice - Zvolen via Margecany, so were going to stay on train 8769 rather than change at Kysak and risk not getting good seats. This was a mistake, although things turned out OK...
Družstevná pri Hornáde   14:32 1913 ŽSR EL 163 111-8 stopped for instructions
Košice 14:35     arrived 7 late, watching train 810 leave as we arrived! It was very full though.
This was one of the back-up moves:
Košice   15:00 7804 ŽSR EL 162 022-8
Margecany 15:42 15:46 7458 ŽSR DR 851 024-0 + T + 811 019-9 very full at start
* Nálepkovo       ŽSR DR 851 024-0 only, getting emptier all the time
Červená Skala 17:58 18:03 7432 ŽSR DL 750 182-8 + 4C
* Brezno       ŽSR T + DR 850 023-3 attached on rear
Banská Bystrica 20:25 20:33 141 ŽSR DL 750 094-5
Banská Bystrica mesto 20:36      
overnight at Hotel Arcade, Namestie SNP 5 (in main town square 5 minutes walk from mesto station, 20 mins from main station)
New track today: Studeny Potok - Plaveč - Čirč, Plaveč - Prešov, Margecany - Brezno-Halny

Saturday 11th September 1999

Banská Bystrica   08:51 140 ŽSR DL 754 053-7
* Vrútky       ČD EL 150 023-0

Via "wrong" tunnel at Mosty u Jablunkova due to engineering works; via Bohumin; via wrong line Drahotuše - Lipník nad Bečvou due to engineering works; via Přerov avoiding line on wrong line (not flyover) due to engineering works

Olomouc hl n 14:19     arrived 8 late
Olomouc hl n   15:50 14014 ČD EL 163 244-7
Prostějov 16:17 16:21 24712 ČD DR 810 286-5 + T + 851 038-8 + 2T
* Kostelec na Hané       ČD DR 810 286-5 + T only
Chornice 17:43 17:46 24766 ČD DL 730 006-4 + T
Česká Třebová 18:54 19:29 708 ČD EL 150 026-3
Pardubice 20:19      

overnight at Hotel Labe

New track today: Čadca - Český Těšín, Chotěbuz - Bohumin - Ostrava-Svinov, Prostějov - Kostelec na Hané - Chornice

Sunday 12th September 1999

Masarykovo náměstí   08:20 '3' DPMP trolleybus 325
Nádraží ČD 08:25      
Pardubice   08:47 IC504 ČD EL 151 008-0
Kolín 09:15 09:35 9414 ČD EL 163 016-9
Velký Osek 09:45      
Investigated which trains might do the curve direct from the station to the Chlumec line, rather than the southern loop line
Velký Osek   11:08 9407 ČD EMU 452 008-6 + 3T + 452 007-8
Kolín 11:18 11:53 5937 ČD EL 363 049-8
Via wrong line from Kolín station to just north of Kutná Hora - no obvious reason
Čáslav 12:14 12:43 15911 ČD DR 810 236-0 reverses at Žleby
Třemošnice 13:18 13:45 15920 ČD DR 810 236-0 reverses at Žleby
Čáslav 14:20 14:27 1612 ČD EL 363 110-8
Kolín 14:45 14:55 9312 ČD EMU sets 451 028/027 & 035/036
Praha Masarykovo n 16:08      
Walked to Hlavní Nádraží to investigate which trains might use which of the two routes out of the station towards Praha-Libeň
Hlavní Nádraží   16:35 'C' Praha Metro
Muzeum 16:36 16:40 'A' Praha Metro
Dejvická 16:48 17:00 '119' DPHP bus 6198 (AV 62-84)
Letiště Ruzyně 17:20      
Prague Airport (PRG)   19:25 OK666 Czech Airlines (Boeing 737-500) OK-EGO
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 1 20:16 20:31   Taxi
Timperley 20:42      
New track today: Čáslav - Třemošnice

Tickets used: Euro Domino tickets for Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

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