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Old September 4th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #501
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Some recent pictures from Czech railways.

Station Častolovice after reconstruction in 2015.
source: http://www.silnice-zeleznice.cz/clan...t-castolovice/


Station Horažďovice předměstí after reconstruction in 2015.
source: http://www.silnice-zeleznice.cz/clan...ice-predmesti/




Station Česká Lípa hlavní nádraží u/c in August 2016.
author: Hroch source: http://www.k-report.net/presmerovani/?prispevek=3616541


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Old September 5th, 2016, 08:56 PM   #502
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Kind of surprise, a scent of history found by me on Czech rail network last month. These carriages are still in daily use on the line between Tabor and Bechyne...

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Old September 6th, 2016, 08:41 PM   #503
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Those are heritage cars. AFAIK this line is usually serviced by Regionova DMUs.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 02:46 AM   #504
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Železniční přejezd (AŽD 97) - Úvaly - 21.5.2016

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Old September 27th, 2016, 04:46 PM   #507
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From Railway Gazette:

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LEO Express orders Chinese EMUs
27 Sep 2016



CZECH REPUBLIC: Open access passenger operator LEO Express signed an order on September 26 for China Railway Rolling Stock Corp to supply three electric multiple-units in mid-2018, with a framework agreement for up to 30 more which would be delivered in 2019-21. The price was not disclosed.

LEO Express CEO for Central & East Europe Peter Köhler told Railway Gazette that the multi-voltage EMUs will be to a new design, and the technical details are still to be finalised

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Grandi Stazioni loses Praha concession
27 Oct 2016



CZECH REPUBLIC: FS Group’s station development subsidiary Grandi Stazioni has lost its 30-year lease of Praha Hlavní station, after failing to complete the renovation of the historic building by the contractual deadline of October 16.

GS was awarded a 30-year concession by ČD in December 2003 to manage the commercial and retail spaces in the country’s largest station, in exchange for a major renovation project which began in 2006. The New Concourse dating from the 1970s has been refurbished with shops and cafés, and was officially opened by the Czech and Italian presidents on April 14 2011. However, work on the older art nouveau part of the building designed by Josef Fanta in 1901-09 has been dogged by problems

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Regarding to Praha Hlavní Nádraží/Prague Main Railway Station, I have experienced that it is not integrated to surrounding cityspace. The most destructive and annoying thing in this area is the Wilsonova car highway that produces noise, accidents, bad air and environment plus destroys the area in front of the station totally. Is there coming any change?
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Old October 29th, 2016, 01:53 PM   #510
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Regarding to Praha Hlavní Nádraží/Prague Main Railway Station, I have experienced that it is not integrated to surrounding cityspace. The most destructive and annoying thing in this area is the Wilsonova car highway that produces noise, accidents, bad air and environment plus destroys the area in front of the station totally. Is there coming any change?
Prague invited Jan Gehl to advise the city on this urban expressway. It is actually more than 5km long and transverses the city center from South to North. We will see.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #511
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Regarding to Praha Hlavní Nádraží/Prague Main Railway Station, I have experienced that it is not integrated to surrounding cityspace. The most destructive and annoying thing in this area is the Wilsonova car highway that produces noise, accidents, bad air and environment plus destroys the area in front of the station totally. Is there coming any change?
There were proposals to put "Magistrala" into a tunnel behind the National Museum. Those plans have been scrapped. Afaik there were no plans to put it in a tunnel all the way, i.e under the station.






Prague main railway station poses quite a big challenge if we should talk about tunnelling.

You need to take into account that

a) you need the station and platforms there
b) you need to count with the tunnel for the future HSR coming from the north, there are variants that put the whole HSR line and platforms into tunnel under the current station.
c) you need to count with the metro lines, there's metro line C running parallel in the vicinity under the station, and there's metro line B and A running perpendicularly to the railway and "Magistrala" road. And last but not least there's plan for the line D that should have a station there as well, line D should be put under construction shortly.
d) there is already a railway tunnel on the southern exit of the station.
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Apparently the Chinese CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation) is having serious talks with the owners of Škoda Transportation about buying the company.

http://byznys.lidovky.cz/plzenska-sk...n-doprava_pave
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Translation? Does the CRRC have a high chance of buying Skoda?
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Old November 5th, 2016, 03:26 AM   #514
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Translation? Does the CRRC have a high chance of buying Skoda?
They estimate the chance of selling at 40-60 % and the price tag at around € 2 billion.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 12:53 PM   #515
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Who are the current owners?
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Who are the current owners?
That is not so transparent. Probably Tomáš Krsek, Michal Korecký, Marek Čmejla a Jiří Diviš via an long list of shell companies registered at tax and transparency paradises.

The company was privatized to Appian group, which was a not transparent shell company. The general thought is that it was the management of Škoda Plzeň standing behind Appian. What you saw quite often is the management of the companies to be privatized was able to use the cash of the company itself to privatize it (e.g. they used reserves, or loans, to make loans to their shell entities and then privatized the original companies with this cash.)

But this is getting OT. We will see what will happen. Acquiring Škoda would allow the Chinese to bypass a lot of trouble of getting to the European railway/tram market.

Just to clear things up for some who might not know. Škoda Transportation has nothing to do with Škoda Auto (VW), but name and some history. Those are complete separate entities.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #517
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So far it's only one website who mentioned it. I have a feeling that due to growing concerns and opposition to Chinese state companies buying private European countries, the Skoda deal might be blocked.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 08:57 PM   #518
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Skoda is small potatoes compared to some other Chinese purchases lately. Except in Czech republic of course so that's also the only place where it might be blocked.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #520
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Kolerus, try that way (giving full path to the linked image):



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