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Old July 1st, 2014, 07:38 AM   #101
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Old July 29th, 2014, 02:57 PM   #102
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Old August 6th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #103
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Old September 9th, 2014, 02:44 PM   #104
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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #105
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Pendolinos to cut journey times between Prague and Kosice
17 SEP, 2014

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Czech Railways (ČD) and Slovakia’s national rail carrier, ZSSK, have said journey times between Prague and Kosice will be reduced by almost an hour with the introduction of a new Pendolino service.

Currently it takes around eight hours and 20 minutes via the Eurocity Košičan from Prague to Kosice and an additional five minutes on top of that for the return journey.

By utilising the Pendolino’s tilting mechanism and higher average speed, ČD has said journey times will be cut to around seven and a half hours when the new timetable comes into operation at the end of the year

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Old September 19th, 2014, 10:09 AM   #106
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Old October 11th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #107
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ZSSK seeks locomotives and coaches
11 Oct 2014



SLOVAKIA: National passenger operator ZSSK has called separate tenders for the supply of multi-voltage electric locomotives and coaches.

Six four-axle 6·0 MW electric locomotives with a maximum speed of 200 km/h are required to replace ageing Škoda Class 350 locomotives on EC and IC services on the Praha – Bratislava – Budapest and Bratislava – Žilina – Košice routes. These must be suitable for use with 3 kV DC, 15 kV 16·7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz electrification, and equipped for operation in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Hungary. The value of the contract is estimated at €72m, with delivery required within 60 months of contract signing. There would also be an option for up to 10 more locomotives

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Old October 12th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #108
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Which translates into them wanting more Class 381 locos?
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Old November 6th, 2014, 04:30 PM   #109
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Slovakian Railways will be without charge for pensioners above the age of 62, students under 26 and children. http://ekonomika.sme.sk/c/7373349/fi...-na-etapy.html

Passengers from those groups won't have to pay any charge in the second class carriages in the whole Slovakia. This will be valid for also for all EU citizens that fall under the mentioned categories.

This should apply to all trains that are getting subsidies from the government, thus also the private trains from RegioJet or other companies. It should not apply to the IC trains. The passengers should be able to get their free ticket at the stations. The measure should come in force from November 17.

The costs are estimated at some € 13 mln.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #110
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Slovakia funds free rail travel
12 Nov 2014



SLOVAKIA: With effect from November 17, around 46% of the population will be eligible for free travel on subsidised train services, under a proposal endorsed by the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico on October 22.

The provision is part of a €250m national economic stimulus package approved by the cabinet in June, which includes a series of measures to support rail-based public transport. Free second class travel will be provided on all subsidised services run by the state-owned passenger operator ZSSK, and on the Bratislava – Dunajská Streda – Komárno regional services which have been run by Czech private operator RegioJet since March 2012.

The concession is available to children below 15 years of age, full-time students between 16 and 26 and retired, widowed or disabled pensioners over 62, totalling around 2· million people. The government has also ruled that free travel should be made available to retired people over 62 and students under 26 from any of the 28 EU member states

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Old November 22nd, 2014, 10:40 PM   #111
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This December two private operators are going to start offering their services in Slovakia. Regiojet will operate ICs between Bratislava and Košice 3 times a day in both directions. It is already operating on Košice - Prague international line.

Regiojet's Vectron being tested on line Bratislava - Košice:





Its service on the line Košice - Prague will offer also LEO Express. This is its EMU after finishing test ride to Košice:



Current service between Košice and Prague operated together by Slovak and Czech national carriers will be upgraded by introducing ČD's tilting Pendolino units. (No photos yet.)



Siemens was testing brand new Railjet unit (which will be delivered to ČD) in Slovakia although they won't be in regular use in Slovakia in close future.






Meanwhile ZSSK receives 9 new double-deck EMUs...



...and 20 DMUs which will join already purchased fleet of 10 double-deck EMUs, 10 double-deck push-pull train sets and 12 DMUs made by the same manufacturers.




All photos are from www.railtrains.sk/
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Old December 14th, 2014, 03:58 PM   #112
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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 15th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #113
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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.
ČD and ZSSK operate all international trains in joint venture. It is possible to say there are 4 operators also on Czech part of Praha - Košice line, because there are operated also ZSSK's train sets.

Anyway, I hope this Pendolino's international service will last a longer then previous service on Prague - Bratislava line.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 01:47 PM   #114
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For railway enthusiasts here are videos from locomotive cabin of regular fast train Bratislava - Košice in real time. For now there are only two parts available, but it seems there will be released more.

Section Bratislava - Trnava
http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/vlaky-...93-clanok.html

Section Trnava - Trečnín
http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/unikat...44-clanok.html

If you don't have time to watch both videos, the second one is more interesting. The videos contain also notes about interesting objects on the line and around the line (in Slovak, but most of them is understandable for everyone).
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Old April 19th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #115
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Meanwhile Žilina - Košice can be seen here:
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Old April 19th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #116
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Why are Slovak running speeds so slow?
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Old April 19th, 2015, 03:50 PM   #117
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Can you give us any example of a section with a low running speed that doesn't make sense to you and you have to ask about it?
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Well, that the Pendolino, on most of its route through Slovakia can't use tilt and will only travel at 120 km/h seems quite obvious, surely?
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Old April 20th, 2015, 09:09 PM   #119
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Well, that the Pendolino, on most of its route through Slovakia can't use tilt and will only travel at 120 km/h seems quite obvious, surely?
My opinion is this: ČD and ZSSK are trying to use Pendolino on various lines in Slovakia, but they have never succeeded. It is possible Pendolino service will be terminated this or next year. Pendolino cannot use tilt in Slovakia, because it requires complete assessment of the line. Railways authorities must be sure it is safe in every single curve. That would cost quite some money and it would be waste of money because there's no guarantee Pendolino will be there for long time. Also, only one train in both directions per day is served by Pendolino, so it would be quite ineffective.

Another issue is that the line Žillina - Košice is not modernised yet and current signalling cannot (legally) handle higher speed than 120 km/h. Therefore even if Pendolino was allowed to use tilt in Slovakia, it would still be limited by this maximum speed. This issue also limits possible time saving in connection with tilt.

The only real solution is modernisation of Žilina - Košice line, but that will take years.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 01:12 PM   #120
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More videos

Cabin view video of line Trenčín - Žilina:
http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/videop...12-clanok.html




Cabin view video of line Zvolen - Vrútky this line contains 22 tunnels including the longest tunnel in Slovakia - Čremošniansky tunnel, 4 698 m long:
http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/unikat...52-clanok.html




Here is the same line backwards i.e. Vrútky - Zvolen:
http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/unikat...61-clanok.html
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