June 15, 2016

Czech branch line electrification project completed

Written by  Keith Fender
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Czech branch line electrification project completed Keith Fender

CZECH municipally-owned infrastructure manager Železnice Desná (ŽD), which owns two branch lines totalling 22km in Moravia, has completed a project electrify and modernise the 19km Šumperk - Kouty nad Desnou line.

Following the start of electric services on June 12, Arriva, which operate services on the line, has hired a 1991-built class 162 electric locomotive from Czech private operator Regiojet and is using former German Rail (DB) inter-city coaches. However, some services remain DMU-operated as one loco is insufficient to operate all trains.

Arriva took over the contract to operate the line through its acquisition of Veolia Transport Central Europe in 2013.

ŽD acquired the line to Kouty nad Desnou and the shorter Šumperk - Sobotin branch after national operator (ČD) decided to close the two lines following flood damage in 1997.

The Koruna 418m ($US 17.3m) electrification project was funded by the Czech government. National infrastructure manager SŽDC electrified the line from Zábřeh na Moravě (on the Prague - Ostrava line) to Šumperk in 2010.

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Photo: Keith Fender

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