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Old February 6th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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SLOVAKIA | Railways



  • first railway in Slovakia was built in 1840
  • length of Slovak railway network is 3,658 km from which 1,557 km is electrified
  • there is also about 100 km of wide gauge and 50 km of narrow gauge railways
  • there is 76 tunnels with overall length 43.5 km and 2,285 bridges with overall length 53.218 km

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I would like to introduce you the most common or the most interesting diesel and electric locomotives and units which you can see in Slovakia.

Class 751 freight locomotives




Class 230 (the right one)


Another freight locomotive - class 131 (it consists from two units)






Class 740:


Class 2016:



The most common diesel passenger locomotive - class 750




Class 240:





Class 362





Commercials:



Class 263



Class 350 (my favourite)












Modernised diesel unit class 813+913


The design of 813+913 looks old, but from the inside they are modern


And not modernised - class 810:



Electric unit class 560




Similar unit - class 460



Electric units class 425, well, technically it's rather tram, but officially it's considered train






425 and 840


Diesel unit 840





Czech Pendolino (class 680) as SC Slovenská strela - which operates on Bratislava - Prague line

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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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what are the new projects?
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:53 AM   #4
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Beautiful pics! I once took the Tatra Bahn, which worked very well. I also went from Poprad to Kosice and back, but both times with half an hour delay.

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In the train from Kosice to Poprad, waiting for a red light (August 2007)
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Cool. Especially the 240, the design is just great!
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Old February 7th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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what are the new projects?
I will post more info soon. For now just a little summary:
  • Modernisation of Va corridor Bratislava - Žilina - Košice - Čierna nad Tisou on speed 160 km/h
  • Modernisation of VI corridor Žilina - Čadca - Skalité on speed 120 km/h (although partially only 80 km/h)
  • Railway axis Paris - Bratislava (TEN-T 17), Slovak part includes extensive reconstruction of entire railway hub Bratislava
  • Project of wide gauge railway from Ukraine via Košice to Bratislava and Vienna
  • Reconstruction of old coaches
  • Buying new coaches and double-deck electric units.

These are the most important international corridors in Slovakia:


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In the train from Kosice to Poprad, waiting for a red light (August 2007)
You mean waiting for green light, right?

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Cool. Especially the 240, the design is just great!
Funny, this is IMO the ugliest locomotive we have.

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You mean waiting for green light, right?
Waiting in front of a red light, whatever
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Slovakia is beautiful country - I love it.

Your trains seems clean and very nice
What are most common speeds on your lines?
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Slovakia is beautiful country - I love it.

Your trains seems clean and very nice
What are most common speeds on your lines?
Well, new trains and coaches looks good. But, still there is plenty of 20 or even 30 years old carriages which are usually everything but clean and nice.

It's hard to say which are the most common speeds. It varies from 20 to 140 km/h. We have also 100 km of recently modernised line for speed 160 km/h, but due to security reasons (some security equipment is still missing) trains run there only 120. For example average speed of the fastest IC train on line Bratislava - Košice is 90 km/h (including stopping at stations).
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woah I love class 560/460! it looks so much like a train should look like the front is really superb, hope the interior also looks nice hehe

btw, isn't there a national operator? from the first map it looks like there ar 5 different firms giving services in different parts of the country depending on the voltage of the lines
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woah I love class 560/460! it looks so much like a train should look like the front is really superb, hope the interior also looks nice hehe
From the inside they are definitely not that spectacular:


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btw, isn't there a national operator? from the first map it looks like there ar 5 different firms giving services in different parts of the country depending on the voltage of the lines
Of course there is nationwide operator. It's called Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (Railway Company Slovakia) - ŽSSK. All passenger trains are operated by it. Only in case of freight trains there is liberalisation so there is plenty of cargo transporters. The biggest is state owned ŽSSK Cargo though.

The fact we have five different voltages has nothing to do with transporters. Two of the voltages 600 V and 1500 V are actually used on tramways which are, however, operated by ŽSSK and maintained by ŽSR, thus they are officially considered railways. 15 kV 16.7 Hz is voltage used in Austria and in Slovakia it's used only on short crossborder section. 25 kV 50 Hz is used to allow interoperability between Slovakia, southern part of Czech Republic and Hungary. 3 kV on the other hand allow interoperability between Slovakia, northern part of Czech Republic and Poland. There is also wide gauge railway from Ukraine to Košice which uses Ukrainian voltage which is 3 kV as well.

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Modernisation of Va corridor Bratislava - Žilina - Košice - Čierna nad Tisou

I've already posted this map:


And this is what is already modernised:


It's about 100 km from Bratislava to Nové Mesto nad Váhom. Reconstruction of adjacent section Nové Mesto nad Váhom - Zlatovce will start soon, at least I hope.

Here are some pictures from modernisation:












































I like this one from Nové Mesto nad Váhom


Near Šenkvice:



And the modernised railway in use:


Testing train on the modernised railway:


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I've found another picture on my computer. I think it's the IC between Bratislava and Kosice. The picture has been taken in August 2007 near the village of Krpel'any.



I'd like to see some pics of the IC that stops in Poprad and it ends in Kosice. You also have to make a reservation for this train. I think that this train runs from Prague to Kosice.
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What does the shortcut ZSR mean ? Is it Zeleznice Slovenskej Republiky or somehing?

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I've found another picture on my computer. I think it's the IC between Bratislava and Kosice. The picture has been taken in August 2007 near the village of Krpel'any.
Since the locomotive at your photo is Czech and this model (class 151) cannot operate in Western Slovakia it's probably not IC Bratislava - Košice.

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I'd like to see some pics of the IC that stops in Poprad and it ends in Kosice. You also have to make a reservation for this train. I think that this train runs from Prague to Kosice.
To be more exact it's EC 121 Košičan (not IC). I think the train at your photo above may be this EC. Nevertheless, here are some other photos of EC Košičan:










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Indeed, ŽSR = Železnice Slovenskej republiky (Railways of Slovak Republic)

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I see. The picture I posted before is the normal IC Bratislava - Kosice.

About the pic before the last pic: do I see some D1 construction going on there?
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About the pic before the last pic: do I see some D1 construction going on there?
Yes, D1 and railway Bratislava - Košice are often quite close to each other. After all it's the same corridor.
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Modernisation of VI corridor Žilina - Čadca - Skalité

There is being modernised 19 km long section Žilina - Krásno nad Kysucou on speed 140 km/h. Price is € 154 million without VAT. Works will be finished in 2011. In the future this railway should serve as mayor connection of Slovakia and Poland. Today it's one of the most important connections with Czech Republic

Map (U/C section is marked as orange):


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TEN-T in Bratislava

This project is part of TEN-T 17 (railway axis Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava), which will be in Bratislava connected with TEN-T 23 (railway axis Gdansk–Warsaw–Bratislava–Vienna).

Some facts and figures about TEN-T Bratislava:

This project contains:
  1. connection of TEN-T corridors to Bratislava railway network
  2. connection of M.R. Štefánik airport to railway network
  3. improvement of railway connection between Bratislava and Vienna
  4. cooperation with the system of public transport in Bratislava

  • cost of the project is estimated on € 550 million
  • construction should start in 2010 and end in 2015
  • the most expansive and the most important part of the project is approximately 6 km long tunnel under the city centre and Danube river
  • another tunnel will be used to connect the airport with railway network
  • in the main tunnel there are proposed three underground stops (Slovany, Nivy, Bratislava centrum) and one underground station (Bratislava filiálka)
  • at the airport there is proposed one underground station (Bratislava letisko)
  • on Petržalka side of the railway tunnel (right bank of the Danube) will be connection with public transport system in Petržalka

More detailed information are available here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...&postcount=309

Project TEN-T. Connection of TEN-T corridor with Bratislava airport and city railway network:


Underground railway station Bratislava filiálka:



Underground station Bratislava letisko (airport):



Connection of the airport with railway network, red variant:


Variants of the tunnel under the city center and Danube:
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