Czech Republic - electric locomotives and multiple units of České dráhy

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The class 380 or Škoda type 109 "Zatopek" is the finest and fastest locomotive built in Czech republic so far. In Czech they are known as class 380, in Slovakia as ZSSK class 381 and in Germany as Br102. It's a 200 km/h fast machine built in 2008-2010 with a power rating of 6400 kW. It's a three electric systems machine capable of running all the way from Germany through Czech republic and Slovakia to for example Hungary. Emil Zatopek was a famours Czech runner in the 1950s.
Picture of a "Zatopek" rushing past the station of Praha-Klánovice 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A České dráhy class 151 electric locomotive is rushing really fast past the station of Praha-Klánovice while at the same time a regional double decker train of the class 471/971 "CityElefant" is stopping at the platform behind. Class 151 locomotives are considered as "prime" locomotives in the country. They are rebuilt and modernised class 150 machines, now capable of running fast passenger trains at 160 km/h. THe class 150 dates back to 1978 and it is a 140 km/h fast machine intended mainly for the fast Praha-Ostrava route. 13 of them were totally rebuilt to become modern thyristor technology machines of this class 151 during 1996 to 2002.
Picture from Praha-Klánovice station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A České dráhy class 163 electric locomotive pulling a regional express train past the station of Praha-Klánovice. These are universal locomotives for DC current only and they are basically the same as the class 372 or the German class Br180, but without the equipment needed for driving under 15 kV AC. They were built by Škoda in the 1990s. Its top speed is 120 km/h (class 162 is otherwise the same, but they are geared for 140 km/h) and its power rating is 3480 kW.
Picture from Praha-Klánovice station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Class 163 locomotives can be found in front of passenger coaches also in this kind of tapings.
Picture from Usti nad Labem 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


České dráhy class 242 old electric locomotive is bringing a regional express train to Brno. Class 242 is former Czechoslovakian class 5 499.02. They are Škoda locomotives from 1975-81 and further developments of the class 240. They differ from their predecessors, class 240, for example so that they have a fully metallic chassis. Top speed is 120 km/h and power rating is a modest 3080 kW at 64 km/h. České dráhy wants to modernise these and subsequently use in push-pull trains.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same class 242 locomotive as in the picture above, seen from the other side as the train passed.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This old class Bdmtee regional train coach was the last one in the same train, which was pulled by the locomotive seen in two pictures above. In 2018 most Czech coaches are already repainted in current blue and white colours, but it is still possible to see some which are in the old communist time paintings.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Class 362 electric locomotives are today among the most common in front of prime express trains, like here leading an international EuroCity train to Brno main station. These were built by Škoda 1999 to 2010 in two series. It is a further development of earlier very similar locomotives. In 1990 the first locomotive of the last series of Škoda type 69 E locomotives was modified to run 160 km/h instead of the formerly 120 km/h and this became the first one of this class, 362.001. Later on, locomotives of the class 363 were modified by taking bogies and some other undercarriage parts from faster locomotives and thus increasing their top speed from 120 km/h to 140 km/h. After these modifications these machines were classed as 362 instead of the original class number 363. The power rating of class 362 is 3060 kW.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another class 362 electric locomotive, here in a little bit different painting. It's in full speed passing the small station of Praha-Klánovice.
Picture from Praha-Klánovice station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


České dráhy class 371 "Gottlieb" is a former German Democratic Republic's DR's locomotive of their class Br230, later DB class Br180. When the German Deutsche Bahn felt that they don't need these machines any more they were all given to the Czechs who already had almost identical class 372 machines. There are seven of these formerly German machines. Top speed is 160 km/h and they can operate in Germany, Czech republic and Slovakia.
Photo from Praha hlavní nádraží, Prag main station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


České dráhy 372 005-9 at Dresden Hbf (Germany). For international trains between the two countries DDR and Czechoslovakia the two communist governments decided to order practically similar locomotives capable of driving under both the German 15 kV AC as well as the Czechoslovakian 3 kV DC. This is one of the that time Czechoslovakian machines. The real series after prototypes consists of machines 372.002 to 015 and they were built in 1991. Much of the technology used comes from the earlier series 163, 263 and 363.
19th April 1996. Photo by Erik Hjelme.


České dráhy class 111 electric shunter. They were built 1981-82 and their nickname is "flatiron". It is a 3 kV DC only machine with a top speed of 80 km/h and a power rating of 772 kW. They are used in light passenger line traffic as well as for shunting.
Picture from Praha (Prag) main station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A class 111 "flatiron" shunter like they used to be, still in old communist time colourings.
Picture from Praha (Prag) main station 31.5.2003 by Ilkka Siissalo.


České dráhy class 650 electric multiple units are among the newest rolling stock material of the country. Their official nicknamne is "RegioPanter". They have been built by Škoda Vagonka (Former Vagonka Studenka) since 2011 and they are available in three lengths, classes 440, 640 and 650. Unofficial nicknames include "Harmonika" (Harmonica), "Metro" and "Hradubické metro". Officially the train is called Škoda 7Ev. 42 units have been built +9 on order, the capacity of the trains is depending on the version 147 to 350 seats. Power rating of the train is 1360 kW to 2400 kW depending on the version and top speed is 160 km/h. Their main use is in regional express trains. This picture shows the shortest version, class 650.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another RegioPanter, but this time the three coach variant, class 641.
Picture from Brno station 14.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is the so called CityElefant, a double decker train built by Škoda. The first coach in this picture is a motorless driving trailer of the class 971 and powere car, here at the end of the train is called class 471. These are 2000 kW strong and 140 km/h fast regional trains, which Škoda has sold also to Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine. It has 287 seats in 2nd class and 23 seats in 1st class. This train was en route from Praha to Kolin.
Picture from Praha-Klánovice station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same CityElefant as in the picture above, but now seen from the side of the motorised coach, class 471.
Picture from Praha-Klánovice station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A similar CityElefant, ready to leave from Praha Masarykovo towards Usti nad Labem in northern Czech republic.
Picture from Praha Masarykovo station 25.5.2012 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A similar CityElefant, but this one is still wearing an older colouring scheme.
Picture from Praha hlavní nádraží, Prag main station 15.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Still a similar class 471/971 CityElefant, but again with a different painting scheme.
Picture from Praha Masarykovo station 25.5.2012 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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