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MALA MORAVKA BRANCH LAST TRAIN - MAY 1, 2010.
May 1, 2010. Today Olpas Moravia of Krnov ran a "Last day on the branch" with historic motor coach M 131.1454, beautifully restored by them. The weather was not at its best but a great day was had by all.
The branch runs from Bruntal in Northern Moravia to Mala Moravka, a ski resort. It was a classic Czech branch, totally anachronistic with little or no passengers. The service was not helped by the fact that the only service in 2009 was five a trains a day on Saturdays and Sundays and only from May 1st. to September 28th. How this gets ski traffic is best left to the imagination. Things are not helped either by the fact that the station in Mala Moravka is not exactly anywhere, much less in the town and nowadays nobody is going to walk to a train.
The branch is 17 km long with stations as follows (km from Bruntal in brackets):
Rudna Pod Praededem (8 km). REQUEST STOP.
Svetla Hora (9 km)
Rudna Pod Praededem Zastavka. REQUEST STOP. (14 km)
Mala Moravka (17 km),
Normal service was a one man operated Class 809 or 810, generally the former.
I was glad to get photos of the last service train and charter train. The service train had all of eight passengers arriving and five returning. Unfortunately, that says it all. There are proposals to keep it as a tourist branch but this is rather unlikely as there is little to do when you get to Mala Moravka.
It is worth noting that branch is very steeply graded with a maxcuimum of 5.5% over much of it, which is very clsoe to the limits of adhesion and in fact, almost as steep as Ecuador. This led to a loss of life when a train ran away in 2000. The following motorcoach and trailer performed superbly for the day:
Railcar No. 131.1454 looked superb.
As did her trailer No. 5-2345
Coupled up and operating together.
No. 2 driving cab.The seat is, to say the least, original!
The board is essential.
The left hand portion of the seat doubles as an engine cover and hinges back to allow access to the engine.
The engine is a built like a tank by Tatra.
A happy group. On the return it was standing room only.
The following staff, wives, partners and friends, amongst many made it all possible:
Jaromir Foltyn, who organised the entire event. Jaromir is also the driving force behind SZD, the steam operation from Tremesna to Osoblaha and has done miracles for preservation in the Czech Republic.
Train crew, left to right, stationmaster Mala Moravska, Driver, Driver Hribek Thomas and three guards and checkers, Dalibor Melecks, Marek Nedela and Martin Seidl. Hribek Thomas backing up.
Also acted as shunter.
Stationmaster at Bruntal.
A happy group of SZD people.
Eduard Szwajnoch of SZD and friend.
Well, well, well! Who left the webmaster loose at the controls?
Stationmaster Mala Moravska.
Lenka, of Olpas with husband Mirek and son Martin.
And of course, none other than Elvis Presley travelled on the train!
Scenes at Mala Moravka on May 1, 2010.
Elvis gave a performance to all present and it was superb!
The following photos were taken of the last train from Mala Moravka to Bruntal on May 1, 2010. The photos are taken in sequence from Mala Moravka to Bruntal and are believed to be the most complete set of photos of the branch in existence. They are followed by those of the last service train on September 28, 2009.
Coming out to give the final sendoff.
We have a green!
Farewell! Maybe for ever!
It's a 5.6% grade out of Mala Moravska!
Getting ready! Full power for the climbout
Approaching the first crossing.
If a car please check your mirrors for a train!
Just about here was the runaway train and this is the memorial to the driver.
src="http://railwayinternational.com//Czech/MalaMoravka/MalaMoravkaMay10 205S.jpg" border="0"> Out of Rudna Pod Praededem Zastavka for the last time.
Rudna Pod Praededem Zastavka
Rudna Pod Praededem
A freight branch in Bruntal suburbs joins.
The main line from Krnov to Olomouc joins.
And finally three generations of equipment at Bruntal. An 853, a 810 and a M131.
But some things never change!
Ready to go back to Krnov.
On its way.
MALA MORAVKA BRANCH LAST DAY OF SCHEDULED SERVICE - SEPTEMBER 28, 2009.
No detonators, no farewell crowds, no nothing and on September 28, 2009 the Bruntal to Mala Moravka branch line of Ceske Drahy slid into oblivion.
Here are some photos of the last train on the last day with a service train:
Updated May 2, 2010.