3rd May 2016 - A Trip Through Four Countries

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Time to move on from Slovenia, to the Czech Republic in fact but of course we weren’t going straight there; another trip on “Citadella” was a must bearing in mind it might be our last one behind a 664 with electrification imminent. Naturally we went out to view EN415 first and were rewarded with a new class 541 so it was off to Zidani Most to wait for “Citadella” to catch up, EN415 actually arriving there on time for once rather than being held up with engineering works as is often the case.

“Citadella” did not have a loco on when we left but a class 342 was seen at the far end of the carriage sidings as we departed from Ljubljana so it was no surprise when the train arrived with 342.005 on the front. There were still plenty of “cranks” around after the tour yesterday so an attempt had been made to “fix” 664.105 for the diesel leg as many of us required it for haulage and, sure enough, there it was waiting at Pragersko. Only one problem, as it backed onto the train, 664.112 was coupled in front of it – déjà vu for us as exactly the same thing had happen to us in January with 664.116! This time however, there was no chance of a "clawback" on the return journey as we had to keep going unless we wanted to arrive in Brno in the early hours of the morning.

664 116 at Pragersko664 116 at Pragersko25th January 2016. With 664 111 about to attach to MV247 8:45 Ljubljana to Budapest Déli "Citadella" which they will work to Hodoš.

The inevitable happened at Hodoš when 112 went off to work a freight whilst 105 waited to work the return of “Citadella” and just to rub it in we had a dud class 431 onwards whilst the southbound working had a required one; never mind, onwards and northwards.

Things improved a little at Zalaszentiván when required 418.332 turned up on our next train and we had an interesting journey to Szombathely spotting the progress of the lines electrification with many mast bases in evidence plus a shabby class M25 and freshly painted Nohab on works trains duties.

418 332 at Zalaszentiván418 332 at Zalaszentiván3rd May 2016. On 8905 10:15 Pécs to Szombathely.

There was time for a quick trip to the café across the square from the station at Szombathely to grab to sustenance to fortify us for the next leg of the journey which would be on a new “FLIRT” EMU, there being few loco-hauled trains on the line to Sopron these days. More drinks and some photographs at Sopron before boarding another unit, a DMU this time which was a mixture of two ÖBB single car class 5047s coupled to a GySEV (ex ÖBB) class 5147. Our Austrian friend had arranged to meet us on this section so we could catch up with each other’s news, punctuated by a bit of a dash at Wiener Neustadt as our train arrived a couple of minutes late.

A platform change at Wien Hbf meant an easy cross platform change to train D100 which only had three coaches hauled by a Czech Railways class 380 but we weren’t on this for long as we had to change at Břeclav for a Budapest to Praha EC train for the last leg of the journey. This turned out to be hauled by a Slovakian class 350 loco, meaning that we had been hauled by locos from five different countries today though only having travelled through four of them. Our hotel for the next three nights was the Grand Hotel Brno, quite posh but not too expensive in our opinion especially as our room was a suite with a separate bathroom, lobby and “sitting room”.

Station Arr Dep Motive Power Train Details
Ljubljana   8:28 541 003 EN415 20:40 Zürich HB to Beograd
Zidani Most 9:20 9:46 342 005 MV247 8:45 Ljubljana to Budapest Déli
Pragersko 11:50 12:03 664 112  
Hodoš 12:30 12:52 431 188  
Zalaegerszeg 13:28 13:45 431 188  
Zalaszentiván 13:54 14:02 418 332 8905 10:15 Pécs to Szombathely
Szombathely 14:55 15:36 415 502 9163 14:36 Szentgotthárd to Sopron
Sopron 16:26 16:44 5047 028 7152 16:44 Sopron to Wiener Neustadt
Wiener Neustadt 17:27 17:33 1116 239 RJ750 15:25 Graz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Wien Hbf 18:03 18:09 380 017 D100 18:09 Wien Hbf to Ostrava
Břeclav 19:05 19:15 350 012 EC272 15:25 Budapest Keleti to Praha hl.n.
Brno hl.n. 19:44      

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