Nostalgic train rides in the Czech Republic
2004 - 2005
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Czech Republic is in 2005 one of the few European countries, where the railroad network has remained almost as dense as in the beginning of the 20th century. Unlike Belgium, Prussia and other countries, the Czechs built less at the end of the 19th century and abandoned less in the following hundred years. As a result, there are still regular passenger trains along lines, which would have been long converted into business tracks, bicycle paths or a source of scrap iron elsewhere.
A dense network of regular passenger rail lines brings a difficulty to organizers of charter trains. In Poland, for example, it is easy to organize a week-long tour with dozens of miles of unused tracks explored every day. In the Czech Republic, however, it is necessary to pick single short branch lines, often located far from each other. Events spanning over several days must therefore have a broader agenda, such as travel along business tracks where passenger transport never existed (ŠoDo), or a combination with traditional tourism and sightseeing (Holiday with a Historical Railcar).
I have had a chance to participate in several charter train tours. On the following pages, you will see travelogues from Holiday with a Historical Railcar 2004 (Prague - Kopidlno - Bakov n.J. - Liberec - Černousy - Kłodzko - Głuchołazy and back to Prague), a ride along four branch lines of Southern Moravia (Korycany, Dubnany, Zdanice and Zidlochovice) and ŠoDo 2005 (from Varnsdorf to Southern Moravia and back). Enjoy it - and if you would like to experience something similar by yourself, you will surely make your choice from a broad range of nostalgic train tours in the Czech Republic.
© Jan Pešula, 2005