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Old November 22nd, 2014, 07:03 PM   #301
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They plan to be leasing 11 in total before the end of the next year. The first locos should be used in Slovakia.

article with a video: http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/regiojet-c...ko-doprava_fih

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Old December 4th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #302
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Drilling at the Czech longest railway tunnel can begin.
http://www.novinky.cz/ekonomika/3554...uze-zacit.html



The tunnel, 4 km long, will be part of the Praha - Plzeň line and will shorten the travel time by 6 to 8 minutes. The tunnel will allow 120/160 km/h on the Rokycany - Plzeň section. The tunnel should be build in standard to allow future possible HSR operation as the HSR corridor is planned there.



The most important construction on the IV corridor are to be build on the Praha - Beroun section. It is not clear when and how. The plans included a 19 km long tunnel there.

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Old December 4th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #303
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Where is that 19 km tunnel planned exactly?
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Old December 5th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #304
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Where is that 19 km tunnel planned exactly?
I am not sure. There were plans for even longer tunnel at first that would be built at HSR standard, but the costs were deemed too high and the project was stopped (also because the EU refused to finance it).

http://www.d2-consult.cz/ref/Beroun_EN.pdf
http://www.sudop.cz/en/projects?proj...project-detail
http://vrt.fd.cvut.cz/data/konference/36tcz.pdf
http://www.stavmedia.cz/zpravy/68-ze...a-beroun-video

Basically, all the way from Praha-Smíchov to Beroun (24 km) or one of the shorter variants.



Later on they thought a simpler variant with using just a short 4 km long tunnel on the current alignment of the Praha - Beroun track.
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/reg...le-uplne-jiny/

Now it seems that the ministry is thinking about going back to the original variant with the long tunnel.
http://www.novinky.cz/ekonomika/3496...-oprasilo.html
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Old December 8th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #305
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #306
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CD starts to operate one Pendolino on Praha (CZ) - Košice (SK) route since today. It should be the fastest service between the two cities (some 700 km) with 7 hours and 31 minutes. Pendolino is not allowed to use the tilting in Slovakia. The max speed is 120 km/h between Žilina - Košice.

http://www.etrend.sk/firmy/cesky-sup...ska-usiel.html

RegioJet operates the same route as well. RegioJet starts to operate also Bratislava - Košice route since today.

Leo Express also operates one train on the Praha - Košice relation.

This means that on the Slovakian part of the route there are 4 different companies. ČD, SD, RegioJet, Leo Express.

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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #307
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That's approximately the same time as driving according to Google, although the top choice for those going all the way is probably flying.
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That's approximately the same time as driving according to Google, although the top choice for those going all the way is probably flying.
Yes, although the trains are equipped with 220 V and wi-fi, so you can use the time on the train. I think that it can be also cheaper and faster than a bus and certainly cheaper than driving a car (for one or two people).

The tickets start somewhere around 20 euro if I have it right.

This route is used especially by students and Slovakian employees working in Prague.

Other trains do the route in some 8 - 8,5 hours, and there are still the night trains.

I don´t think though that Praguers will start to use this train for a weekend ski trip to Poprad - that is 6 hours 23 minutes.
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Old December 16th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #310
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Mošnov Airport station construction is finished.







http://www.denik.cz/moravskoslezsky-...1216-ynpx.html
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Old December 17th, 2014, 06:59 AM   #311
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Old December 18th, 2014, 07:23 AM   #312
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CD might have problems using the Taurus locomotives. Apparently they closed the deal on renting the Taurus from OBB without a public tender which the Office for the Protection of Competition doesn't like and threatens to cancel the contract.

http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/problemy-s...ent=clanek-box

CD also tried to get the Railjet communication protocols from SIEMENS so that they could use another locomotive (guess which one , but Siemens would not give it.


Czech competition authority fined ČD with CZK 1 MLN for the illegal lease contract on the Taurus locos from ÖBB.

ČD discovered an old contract between ČD and ÖBB that allows lending and renting of locos between the companies, so that it could keep using the ÖBB locos even if the current contract is illegal.

http://archiv.ihned.cz/c1-63271060-d...ionovou-pokutu
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Old December 20th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #313
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ČD bought 50 bmz and amz used and revitalized carriages from ÖBB. They were in use in ÖBB intercity and eurocity trains and are being replaced by RailJets. The price was € 14,4 MLN.

ČD bought in total 130 used carriages from ÖBB in the last few years.

http://ekonomika.idnes.cz/drahy-koup...ko-doprava_suj
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What are they using them for? Replacing even older carriages?
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What are they using them for? Replacing even older carriages?
Yes, in the last batch were also some sleeping carriages. I guess those will be put on the Praha - Košice line. They want to use them also on Praha - Budapest and Bohumín - Břeclav lines. Most of those carriages will go into the international trains. The replaced carriages from those relations will replace carriages used on less important tracks as Praha - České Budějovice.

They said that some 30 carriages will just get a paint job and will go into service right away. The rest will need some overhaul.

Basically, they do the same as RegioJet. RegioJet wanted those carriages but apparently ČD paid more.

The previous batch were those carriages: http://www.vagonweb.cz/popisy/popisy.php?k=CD#n405
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Old December 20th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #316
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Intresting fact - Slovak train on Kosice-Prague route is newer and better then Chez one, as it includes some modern features as power oulets and vacuum toilets, in contrast to classical flush-to-track toilet.
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Intresting fact - Slovak train on Kosice-Prague route is newer and better then Chez one, as it includes some modern features as power oulets and vacuum toilets, in contrast to classical flush-to-track toilet.
ZSSK en ČD operates all three trains together, Pendolino being solely of ČD and having the highest standard of all of them. What do you mean? The carriages seems to be rather mixed in the other trains.

Those are the trains.
http://www.vagonweb.cz/razeni/vlak.p...o=445&rok=2014
http://www.vagonweb.cz/razeni/vlak.p...o=443&rok=2015
http://www.vagonweb.cz/razeni/vlak.p...o=241&rok=2015

Another two trains are operated by Leo Express and RegioJet.

Košičan is discontinued since December together with Vindobona. With the end of Vindobona comes also then end to a direct Berlin - Praha - Wien connection.

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Old December 21st, 2014, 12:07 PM   #318
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Surel back in summer 2013 I travelled Kosice-Prague in "Slovakia" (Slovak Couchette), and Praha-Kosice in "Bohemia" (CD Couchette), so my memories relate to this cars.
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Intresting fact - ...
That's indeed very interesting.

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That's indeed very interesting.

I thought that he meant Excelsior and Šírava, those were often not really a pleasant experience. But the carriages in those trains were fairly the same for ZSSK and ČD and sleeping carriages were not bad. Excelsior is discontinued and Šírava became Bohemia. He talked about Šírava indeed.

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