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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:17 PM   #441
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Whats the reason behind the Leo Express end of the year loss?
I am not sure. They've been operating at loss since the start. They offer extremely cheap tickets on the Prague - Ostrava relation. They start at € 3.70 for the cheapest tickets, the normal price around € 10-15. But RegioJet starts even lower with around € 3. Still it looks like Leo Express has problems with filling the capacity though. Although they also recorded increase in passengers and better numbers at the end of the year. Maybe they will get in black numbers in 2016. Also we should not forget that they had higher capital expenditure than RegioJet and that we don't really know how the profit numbers for the ČD look like on the same lines.

The competition drives the prices down for everyone though. Another point is that they are using EMUs, so they are not that flexible and can't utilize economies. Yes, Flirts are lighter and Leo Express pays less for the right of the way, but RegioJet and ČD can utilize economies by adding carriages to their trains. RegioJet was starting with 4 carriages, losing money, and now it runs 10 carriages on the Praha - Ostrava route, while it pays the same money to the infrastructure manager.

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Old January 21st, 2016, 12:19 PM   #442
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Can't they couple another train and add capacity that way?
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Old January 24th, 2016, 02:50 PM   #443
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Can't they couple another train and add capacity that way?
Another train means much higher initial capital costs than buying just another carriage. And the additional capacity would anyway have smaller marginal revenue than opening of another line I guess.

About the costs for the right of way. I wasn't exactly correct with paying saying that they pay the same money. The pricing proportions have also changed in the last years. Now it looks like this. As I understand it (http://provoz.szdc.cz/Portal/ViewArt...px?oid=1279750) the price has two components.

One component is the total distance (so this component stays the same) and the other component are the tonnkilometers. Also, you pay for the passenger capacity weight whether you are full or not.
Then there are also electricity costs, which are paid apart to the contracted electricity provider.

One Flirt EMU weights around 150 ton.
An engine weights around 80 ton and one carriage around 40-50 ton. So you see that adding three carriages equals another Flirt EMU set. RegioJet runs up to 10 carriages afaik.

Flirt EMU has capacity of 237 people, while one carriage has capacity of around 80-90 people.

So even if they could couple another train, which they can't as they simply don't have it, they would not really be able to scale the costs all that much better.

CD then bites the dust with Pendolino as the Pendolino weights 385 tons and has capacity of 331 passengers, while not providing any significant time advantage.

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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:08 PM   #444
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Video from Studénka train crash on 22 July 2015.

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Old January 29th, 2016, 03:37 AM   #445
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What happened to the driver? Was he fined?
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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #446
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What happened to the driver? Was he fined?
He's charged of killing 3 people and severely injuring others. He's held in custody and the final sentence should be passed on 24th February.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 08:27 PM   #447
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What was he thinking?
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Old January 29th, 2016, 11:21 PM   #448
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According to his testimony, he was:

1) paying no attention to the flashing red lights and the bell, he only saw the bars up so he entered the crossing.
2) when the bars fell down he was expecting that some imaginatory movement sensor would notice him and stop the train and raise the bars

That's at least what he said. It seems to me that he wasn't even aware of the s*** that he put himself and particularly all the train passangers into.

Also he had been working for the truck company only 3 weeks at the moment of the accident. He was told by his boss to avoid paid motorways by all means. And he had already done 19 traffic offences in Poland that he tried to deny at the first hearing.

The sticker on his cabin basically says it all.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 01:20 AM   #449
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Video from Studénka train crash on 22 July 2015.
(Sorry, I can't paste url tags.)

video.idnes.cz/embed.aspx?idvideo=V160127_144138_ostrava_jda
Link: http://video.idnes.cz/?c=A160127_151...38_ostrava_jda

Same place, later in the year, Portuguese truck driver.
http://ostrava.idnes.cz/k-opakovani-...ava-zpravy_jog
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:16 PM   #450
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You can watch Prague main railway station live with sound here:
http://slowtv.playtvak.cz/zive-sledu...i-nadrazi_plap
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According to his testimony, he was:

1) paying no attention to the flashing red lights and the bell, he only saw the bars up so he entered the crossing.
2) when the bars fell down he was expecting that some imaginatory movement sensor would notice him and stop the train and raise the bars
In Poland train usually comes after several minutes. I think he didn't realize the train was about to come within seconds.

Plus he is idiot, sorry to say that.
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Old March 16th, 2016, 03:34 PM   #453
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I think this video is worth sharing: two guys lucky to survive (albeit one of them with some major injuries) a crash with a train when attempting a shortcut across the rails in Otrokovice station in order to save a couple of secs by avoiding the underpass.

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Old March 21st, 2016, 07:54 PM   #454
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Old April 7th, 2016, 11:36 AM   #455
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How far will you make it from Prague in three hours. The 1944 data are a bit misleading due to different wartime priorities on the rail network.



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Old April 7th, 2016, 12:37 PM   #456
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Interesting to see how much faster everything got to the east, whilst the rest almost stayed the same between 1918 and now.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 11:23 AM   #457
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Easter ride from Prague to Křivoklát with steam locomotive 464.008
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Test rides with electric locomotive at 293 Šumperk-Kouty nad Desnou regional line, so called "Železnice Desná".

http://www.railpage.net/lokomotiva-1...jet-z-sumperk/

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Actually, what were the economical reasons to electrify this route? As the end line to a small village with less than a thousand inhabitants it certainly did not enjoy much traffic... OK, you can use the passenger train to see an attractive castle in Velké Losiny half-way there, but is it enough to justify the investment?
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