Mladějov Industrial Railway and Museum

A delightful restored Industrial Railway
Mladějov Industrial Railway

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Mladějov Industrial Railway and Museum

On August 22, 2012 I was fortunate enough to visit the Mladějov Industrial Railway and Museum at Mladějov near Ceska Trebova and served by line 017 of Czech Railways. The railway is a gem and well worth a visit. I took the following photographs on a perfect day. Equally the transport museum is a gem.

In 1904, Gerhard Mauve had built four ovens for burning fireclay in Mladějov and gradually bought all the coal and fireclay mines from Anenská Studánka to Březina. At that time he bought the mine Wenzel Theodor in Hřebeč from the Gbr. Steinbrecher company and he supplemented mining coal with mining fireclay. The material was driven to the ovens in Mladějov by waggons. However, as it made the production expensive the new ovens were built right in Hřebeč.

The building of the railway was finished in 1920, however, the approval of its building by the Czechoslovak supervisory bodies was done only in 1924 after much bickering. The transport was carried by specially adjusted locomotives produced in the Linec company of Krauss. Due to ever rising need of electricity a steam power station was established in Mladějov with specially adapted fireboxes for burning the local chalk coal; similarly the ovens in narrow-gauge locomotives were adapted.

The 11 km-long narrow-gauge railway, the Mladjovská was built at the end of the first world war with a gauge of 600 mm to transport lupku, of fireclay production and local coal. It served its purpose until the abolition of mines and the conclusion of the šamotky in 1991. Throughout the operation, it was served by mainly steam locomotives, and today the original No. 1 is active. 6 km of the 11 km has been restored and is operational and the remainder has track laid and is in the process of being refurbished and hopefully the entire 11 km will be operational in 2013.

Opening hours of the Museum from May 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012.

Monday closed
Tuesday 0800-1400
Wednesday 0800-1400
Thursday 0800-1400
Friday 0800-1400
Saturday 0800-1800
Sunday 0900-1600

Admission to the Museum

Adult 40,-CZK
Children up to 15 years 20,-CZK
Children up to 6 years free of charge in the parent entry.

In the days of traffic distance entry to the Museum for passengers with a valid rail ticket is free. On the days of train operation museum tours are always after the return of the train to Mladějova.In the days of train operation museum tours are always after the return of the train to Mladějova.

2012 Train Operation Days

Trains operate in 2012 on Saturday, 1 and 15. Departures of the trains from Mladějova in Moravia at 0915, 1130, 1350 and 1615.

Updated September 8, 2012