6th March 2016 - Fishing for Goldfish Bowls
Sunday 6th March 2016
A late finish last night wasn’t the best preparation for catching the 7:09 this morning but choosing the scenic route via Břeclav and Kúty meant it was either that or the train two hours later. The plan had been to have breakfast in the Eiscafé at Břeclav but it was closed at this early hour so we had a cup of tea in the station buffet instead and photographed some of the long line of locos stored opposite the platforms before having breakfast on the EC en route to Bratislava.
Our friend had kindly got some tickets for a ride to Trnava on the 11:35 Regiojet service to Kosiče which was booked to be hauled by one of the new Siemens “Vectron” locos so we started off with a short trip to Bratislava-Vinohrady some 2 ½ miles away, to kill some time and get a couple of locos in the book, hopefully some class 240 "goldfish bowl" electric locos, so called due to their distinctive cab windows. It wasn’t a bad place for pictures but, being a junction station, there was no single place to stand to capture everything that passed – not that there was much as it was a Sunday.
There was enough time to get some more pictures back at the main station before the coaches for the Regiojet service turned up, the whole set was in their corporate yellow livery including the loco. All seats in the Regiojet trains are reserved and this train was full so it was obviously a popular service and despite our tickets costing the princely sum of just over a Euro we each got a free bottle of water.
The return journey from Trnava was an EMU, one of the few that had been seen out working today but another couple of trips to Vinohrady bumped up the loco haulage total (but not the photograph count) before it was time to return to Trnava for another Railjet “Vectron”.
By now it was nearly half past four, a little too late in the day to head further afield and more trips to Vinohrady didn’t appeal so a class 2016 diesel-hauled train was taken on the direct route back to Wien, arriving in time to get an IC train to St Pölten to catch up with 1116.173 the second, the first loco to carry that number was written off in an accident during 2010.
One last move for the night was a quick trip to Vienna Airport for a “nightcap” on board the only working that takes a Czech Railjet set to that location. Unlike the Austrian sets, the ČD ones have draught beer in the restaurant car so a glass of Budweiser (the Czech version) was partaken whilst the crew dived out to pose for pictures under the Vienna Airport sign.
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