Nostalgically Northwards - 2: A Four Wheeler at Four Wheels (50 p.)

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Nostalgically Northwards - 1: Signalman Fido (50 p.)

The video for this series (please set to 1080p quality / full-screen mode):

October 7 2016

We waited for the steam photo charter to depart Praha-Vysehrad - some of the group hoped it would approach on the left track, but I liked it better that way.

The Kriegslok steaming towards the Vysehrad Vltava (German "Moldau") River bridge.

July 6 2014

A unique perspective can be gained by using boat ferry line P5, which is part of the public transport network in Prague and can be used with standard tickets:

From Devín hill, I captured this view of the bridge with the "Prazský Motorácek" diesel unit just crossing it towards "Prague Semmering".

On this side of the Vltava, the line accesses a separate part of Praha-Smíchov station: "severní nástupiste" or "northern platform", which is quite secluded and merely consists of some goods sheds:

To the right the main platforms of Smíchov, to the left the "Motorácek" leaving the "northern platform".

Regiojet second-hand coaches are being serviced here, their ÖBB heritage still is clearly visible.

I also came across former DB 628 246 - now Arriva 845/945.001 -, behind it an ex-DB class 610, in the background part of Prague Castle.

Even a bigger oddity was Praha-Smíchov Na Knízecí terminal platform, sadly it is not in operation anymore since December 2016. Local services via Prague Semmering to Hostivice departed from here.

Tram connections.

On October 7 2016 our charter steamed uphill - below the viaduct is another line: Prague - Most.

On July 6 2014 I was also standing on the 1565 ft long bridge of the tram line Hlubocepy – Barrandov newly opened in 2003.

July 6 is Jan Hus Day in Czechia - for the national holiday, trams were decorated with flags.

Moving up Prague Semmering: from Praha-Zvahov halt you can climb Devín.

A view with nostalgic diesel unit: Smíchov, where it came from, to the right, Prague Castle to the centre of the backdrop.

I enjoyed a sunset there on July 4 2014.

Early morning on July 6 2014 provided this view from Hlávkuv most.

On weekends, nostalgic line #91 (this year #41) was operating, here with unit #2110 (Ringhoffer / built in 1928).

M262.1212 had crossed the Semmering at Praha-Zlicín - time to move on.

October 7 2016

Next, we returned to Jenec - ahead of the 555.0153 charter an SD coal train came through, hauled by CZ Loko "EffiShunter 1000" 744.001.

An airline popular with British rail bashers was landing at Václav Havel Airport.

R 1226 to Rakovník rushed past us.

Then the Kriegslok departed - some photographers had strategically disguised a concrete crash barrier.

Entering Unhost' – edit: mobile phone masts on top of the old warehouse.

Exiting Unhost'.

Near Kacice, we walked the final bit to the line not to get stuck in the mud.

The train again in the distance.

Before reaching Rynholec halt, this bridge had to be crossed.

At Revnicov, I saw maintenance of classic CSD bell-shaped lamps for the first time (see video at minute 12:50).

Shunting back into Luzná railway museum at the end of a successful photo charter day.

We drove on the motorway to the eastern end of Prague in darkness, some of the group had booked at Kácov brewery. A friend and I stayed at "Hotel Rabbit" in nearby Trhový Stepánov, terminal of a branchline from Benesov - the station was right next to the accommodation.

The “breadbasket” unit and we went to sleep.

October 8 2016

Next morning, we caught the next class 810 along Sázava River near Cercany: Os 9221 towards Zruc nad Sázavou at dawn.

434.2186 "Ctyrkolák" ("Four Wheeler") - the star of the following two days - steamed past us with a freight train. Incidentally this shot was taken at Ctyrkoly (German: "Vierrad", English "Four Wheels").

We caught the steamer again departing Hvezdonice. Class 434.2 had been developed from Austro-Hungarian kkStB class 170 and was in regular service until 1980. 434.2186 had been constructed in 1916/7 as kkStB 170.323 and rebuilt in 1936.

During the energetic departure from Samechov, the high cloud cover showed gaps.

Next, the train was about to travel along the most spectacular section Sázava (in this case a town) - Ledecko twice. First, we tried it from down at the river - you could not see much of the train, but I liked the image with the anglers even without railway.

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