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486.007 Céske Dráhy CZECH RAILWAYS

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CZECH STEAM RAILWAYS - OSOBLAHA NARROW GAUGE - JHMD NARROW GAUGE
432.014 - 433.001 - 433.002 - 434.1100 - 475.101 - 475.179 - 477.043
486.007 - 498.022 - 534.0432 - M 124.001 - U33.002 - U47.002 - U57.001
CZECH DIESELS AND RAILCARS - T478.1010 - T679.1168 - TU38.001
M120.417 - M131.101 - M131.1434 - 851.032
BRANCHES: Hustopece u Brna - Kolesovice - Koricany - Kouty Nad Desnou - Lednice Mala Moravska - Nova Bystrice - Novosice - Oslavany - Osoblaha - Pohorelice - Rosnov Sobotin - Uhrice u Kyjova - Unicov - Velke Karlovice

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TASMANIA - DON RIVER RAILWAY - WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY
SHEFFIELD RAILWAY - HOBART TRANSPORT MUSEUM

NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS - - AUCKLAND MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT - GLENBROOK RAILWAY MAINLINE STEAM AUCKLAND TO INVERCARGILL - PLAINS RAILWAY - PLEASANT POINT RAILWAY TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY - ARTHURS PASS RAILWAY - FERRYMEAD MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT

PERU RAILWAYS - PERURAIL - F.C.C.A. - CENTRAL RAILWAY - SOUTHERN RAILWAY
CUSCO AND SANTA ANA RAILWAY - HUANCAYO AND HUANCAVELICA RAILWAY YAURICOCHA - CERRO DE PASCO - ENAFER

ECUADOR RAILWAYS - FERROCARRILL ECUATORIANA
E.F.E. - E.N.F.E. - GUAYAQUIL & QUITO - QUITO & SAN LORENZO

IRELAND - IRISH RAIL - TRALEE AND BLENNERVILLE STEAM RAILWAY
ENGLAND - FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - GREAT ORME TRAMWAY - SCOTLAND

MOROCCO RAILWAYS - HARZER-SCHMALSPUR-BAHNEN
SLOVAK RAILWAYS - POLISH RAILWAYS - ROMANIAN RAILWAYS

Céske Dráhy CZECH RAILWAYS

486.007 OLOMOUC TO UNICOV.

486.007 SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

September 25, 2010. 486.007 was a star performer at the Olomouc National Rail Day. She then double headed the service train at 1050 from Olomouc to Unicov with 498.022. The photos below were taken.

The pre-war Pacific engines class 387.0 and 399.0 were successfully used in hauling of express trains on level lines, but for heavy trains in hilly areas their performance was not satisfactory. The Czechoslovak Railway Authority therefore placed with both Czech locomotive works (Skoda, CKD) an order for the three cylinder express locomotives with four coupled axles in 1932.

Evaluation of both prototype versions (4-8-2 Skoda No. 486.001 and an alternative 2-8-4 CKD class 486.1 ) was in favor of the Skoda version. (The trial of these engines was in the Tatra mountains out of depot Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia. Nine pieces of this 486.0 class were manufactured by both factories before 1938.

Slovakia has two working preserved engines of class 486: 486.007, Vrutky, owner MDC, built 815/1936 Skoda, (Zelen_ Anton - "green Anton"), and 486.008, Vrutky, owner MDC.

As a result of the need for postwar extension and restoration of the express train locomotive fleet the pre-war class 486.0 was chosen for further delivery. 40 pieces of class 486.0 locomotives numbers. 10 to 49 were ordered from Skoda locomotive works on October 6, 1945. The series was classified as Skoda 31Lo5 type with factory numbers 1706 to 1745. Many construction changes were introduced compared to the last pre-war engines (Nos. 486.008 and 009). Many of them concerned the material used - the use of more valuable materials was not possible in the post-war conditions, except for exceptional cases. The boiler was practically a new design, the cylinders were changed (the diameter was reduced from 550 to 500 mm), the whole design was reviewed. Also new tenders of class 935.0 were delivered for the new locomotives. The final design work was completed in the spring 1946. At that time the axle load was increased from 16 to 17,5 t, the maximum speed from 110 to 120 km/h.

These later locomotives were classified as class 498. Many parts are identical with the (not much later built) locomotives class 475.1. The boiler is nearly totally welded and its middle is at 3250 mm over the rails. For details of trhe 498 class go to 498.022.

Updated October 4, 2010.