Today I'm leaving Austria and heading north to Poland through Czech republic. I will take the famous Vienna-Krakow route also named as Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway opened partly in 1839 during the time of the Austrian Empire. The route from Vienna to Břeclav is called Nordbahn (Austrian Northern Railway), today the route is part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor IV and the TEN corridor no. 22 from Athens to Dresden.
The railcar is manufactured by Jenbacher Werke
Traxx 3 is the latest version of the popular locomotive. LM stands for "LastMile" technology which makes it possible for a electric locomotive to bridge the gap between place of arrival and short distances with no overhead wire.
There are plans to convert all railways in Czechia to 25kV 50Hz.
Can one live closer than this to a railway?
Here is the map of all railways in Czechia (I'm using that name due to a recent change proposal).
Ostrava main station is just 5 min away from Svinov station. ČD Class 680 (aka Alstom Pendolino) is on the other side of the platform. The train is operating the popular Prague-Ostrava route as well as two private operators are doing: RegioJet and LEO Express.
Time to visit the dining coach
We could manage all the way from Vienna to Bohumin with same locomotive, Škoda 109E1 or ČD Class 380
ČD Class 380 (Škoda 109E) is replaced by PKP class EP09 (PaFaWag 104E) manufactured by Pafawag (Państwowa Fabryka Wagonów) in 1992 in Wrocław. The company became part of Adtranz in 1997 as Adtranz Pafawag, and in 2001 part of Bombardier Transportation. It is now part of the company Bombardier Transportation Polska.
This one is adapted to traffic over the SŽDC and ŽSR (Czech Republic and Slovakia). PKP Cargo is operating this locomotive, at the end of 2010 they had 929 pieces of this type. PKP Cargo is the second largest freight carrier in Europe after DB Cargo AG.
"Varsovia" has also coaches from Russian railways РЖД which operates service Moscow-Minsk-Warszawa-Budapest and some coaches further to Burgas, Varna and Sofia in Bulgaria.
This is a Moderus Alfa (Konstal 105N HF 11 AC) manufactured 2012 by Modertrans Poznan
The trains were manufactured at Stadler plant in Siedlice, a city in eastern Poland, and the first train entered the service as recently as beginning of 2016.
PKP Intercity is offering several services, EIP (Express Intercity Premium), EIC (Express Intercity) and Intercity. Stadler FLIRT³ together with Pesa Dart are part of the Intercity fleet.
Flirt train is here used for service between Katowice and Gdynia via Łódź and Bydgoszcz.Polish version of Intercity Flirt has 8-sections, which is the maximum length for this model.
This is the train I'm taking, an EN57 from 1971, and the line is operated by Przewozy Regionalne Sp. z o.o.
The train stops at all station, has only 2nd class, and no seat reservations are required.