During our visit to Prague I had a day to spare for rail related goals. I visited two of Pragues stations.
1 I visited the two stations closest to the city centrre (which is at the left of the map). Praha Masarykovo Nádraží (Prague Masarykovo station, in the yellow lines) and Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague main station, in the white lines).
2 Masarykovo nádraží is the oldest railway station in Prague, dating back to 1845, located in the center of Prague near Nádraží Florenc and Hlavní nádraží (Prague main railway station) on the metro station Náměstí Republiky – Line B. Trains of this railway station lead mostly to nearby towns around Prague and a few to the faraway Czech destinations. In the current plan this station will in the future serve as the terminus of the railway connection to Prague Vaclav Havel Airport
6 Moderne dubbeldekker. Hoewel de Ceské dráhy (Tsjechische) het sovjet-verleden nog niet helemaal kwijt zijn is het een modern spoorbedrijf.
8 Dit is dan weer zo'n stukje sovjet-verleden, een vliegend koekblik
9 Starting from 1984 180 unit of this class were, originally under the old regime but production continued after the end of communism. 40 came to the CD after 1993.
11 a 471 set on a side, awaiting rush hour.
13 A CityElephant doing its job
15 Meanwhile is saw this old fashioned unit shunting about the station. It was actually running round its unpowered car standing in the distance. 680 units of this class 810 were built between 1973 and 1982. The car depicted here is still very much in its original condition.
18 How original is it? Well it still carries the original designation of the Czecho-Slovakian Railways (CSD) that existed until 1993. As it turns out the owner is KŽC Doprava, a transport company that intends to put old rolling stock to good use in specials. Apparently they also provide regular services for the PID (Prague public Transport) as these units were scheduled to run a regular timetable train in the urban area of Prague.
23 680 units of this class were built between 1973 and 1982
27 Praha hlavní nádraží is the largest and most important railway station in Prague in the Czech Republic. In 2014, the station served 224,505 trains and 27 million passengers. The Art Nouveau station building and station hall were built between 1901 and 1909.
29 The Jugenstil (art Deco) style is clearly visible
30 The old station hall is hardly in use anymore because the 1972-1979 reconstructions makes the passengers flow underground
38 Contrary to this the station canopies are bustling with activity
40 Well, this a somewhat pimped version of the 810 class in its modern day CD livery.
42 Cleaning windows for a clear view on the track. You wouldn't see a train driver do that in the Netherlands. "That's not my job".
43 The class 362 by the way is a modernised version of the 363. 363s were built in 1980-1990, so at the end of the communist era. 181 units were built. The class was divided between Czechia and Slovakia in 1993 and 101 went to Ceské Drahy. The modernised 362 can now work in push-pull operation and at a top speed of 140 k/m (instead of 120). A member, 062, of the class is emerging out of the tunnels at the south-west end of the station
48 Class 150 looks more modern than the 362 but that is deceptive. The 150 dates from 1978, 27 were built by Škoda and all came to the CD after the separation with Slovakia. Their top speed is 140 km/h. After modernisation, turning it into class 151, this will be raised to 160 km/h
50 The InterPanter class 660 by Škoda has a top speed of 160 km/h and a capacity of 350 for a five car unit. Built in 2015 and 2016 (14 units in total) more orders are under consideration.
51 "for living in freedom"
52 The station was the embarkation point for the children evacuated by Nicholas Winton to the UK in 1939. Most of these 669 children survived the war never to see their parents again. The statue commemorating this really moved me. The girl standing silently and the boy desparately clinging to his father. And the father looking into the distance already detached by the horrors to come.
53 Class 371 arrives in Praha. The class is derived from the (east) German class 230. 15 were built for CSD (the Czecho-Slovakian Railways until 1993). All 15 came to the CD
56 The 814 looks ancient but it is a 2005-2012 rebuild of the good old 810 (which really is ancient by now being built between 1973 and 1982). 209 two car units were reconstructed from the 810s and 26 three car units.
60 The 854 class is a 50 unit strong class 1997-2006 rebuilt from the 852/853 class. The 852 was originally produced 1968-1971. Main object of the reconstruction was providing a new motor and gearbox. Some changes were made to the interior as well. One end has a door which allows transfer to the following coach.
61 Operationally I think these 854's are cumbersome. To run in another direction it needs to run round its coach.