Today I'm making a round trip again starting and finishing in Bratislava. This will be the last round trip during this summer Interrail vacation. Today I will be able to take trains of Slovakian and Czech state companies, plus two private companies RegioJet and LeoExpress.
Locomotives have resistive power control using long-term fechral resistors. The control system allows multi-member control of up to four coupled locomotives, but in practice, more than a pair of locomotives have never been coupled. Another difference from the older series of freight locomotives (121, 122, 123 ) is the use of modern semi-pantographs. To increase versatility and the possibility of deployment in passenger transport, the maximum speed is increased to 100 km/h. (Wikipedia)
Because of the financial problems of ČSD (and then ČD and ŽSR) after the Velvet revolution, Škoda rebuilt 9 pieces of the fourth series and sold them to FNM, Italy. These were classified as FNM Class E.630. In 2010, all E630 locomotives were sold to Czech private operator RegioJet and were rebuilt to class 162. (Wikipedia)
On 27 September 2016 LEO Express signed an order for CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive to supply three electric multiple unit trains in mid-2018, with a framework agreement for up to 30 more which would be delivered between 2019 and 2021. The order is intended to support the operator's plans to expand beyond the Czech Republic and Slovakia."
My last train today is RegioJet service 1045 to Bratislava