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A „Bobina“ On The Železnice Desná

30 Nov 2016 12:49
  • A „Bobina“ On The Železnice Desná
  • A „Bobina“ On The Železnice Desná

On 25 November 2016 ARRIVA Morava put 140.079 (recently acquired by ARRIVA vlaky) into service on the branch from Šumperk to Kouty nad Desnou in the Jeseniky mountains, this line having been electrified in 2015. Until the introduction of the 2017 timetable, this historic electric locomotive is being used at morning and evening peak periods, while in off-peaks, when services are less frequent, Class 814 DMU is used instead. These photos were taken on 29 November 2016 showing 140.079 with the afternoon 13768/13771 train pair at Kouty nad Desnou station and approaching the halt at Velké Losiny zastávka.

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Železnice Desná Electrified

14 Jun 2016 08:04
  • Železnice Desná Electrified
  • Železnice Desná Electrified

This short (19.3 km) branch line from Šumperk to Kouty nad Desnou has experienced an extraordinary revival since it was all but destroyed by flooding in summer 1997. ČD then wanted to close it, the local authorities objected, and it was rescued by local authority. In 2013 it was decided to electrify the line, and the some of existing services, now with electric trains, were scheduled to start up with the introduction of the summer 2016 timetable, initially operated by ARRIVA Morava.

A novel expedient was used for the motive power and rolling stock, given the unavailability of suitable EMUs, as these photos show... The first photo shows RegioJet's 162.114, on hire with with ARRIVA vinyls applied, while the hired-in Class Bimdz carriages from Germany are in DB livery, at Kouty nad Desnou on 13 June 2016. The other photo was taken on 6 June, when 162.114 was still in RJ livery, on a driver training run hauling 810.221 forming train 13773 from Šumperk to Kouty nad Desnou in the passing loop at Velké Losiny.