TTR183 Czech Railways part 5 Ostrava.

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Today we are in Ostrava near the Polish border in the northeast. Before the mid 18th Century Ostrava was just a village on an important trade route between north and south Europe. In 1763 black coal was discovered – an industrial boom followed, Ostrava became ‘Steel City”. Modern Ostrava is a sprawling urban mass without the medieval centre that you would find in cities such as Wroclaw or Olomouc. We left TTR161 at Svinov, one of the original villages, now the western gateway to the Ostrava metropolitan area. While there is an alternative route for freight trains to and from Slovakia, all freight trains to or from Poland must travel through Svinov or face reversal. Perhaps more importantly the main classification yard for the Ostrava Region, Ostrava-Mariánské, lies between Svinov and Ostrava main station.
Ostrava hl. is slightly unusual: it’s situated on a junction, in German this is known as a Keilbahnhof. The station platforms are V shaped with the station buildings in the centre. We also visit the city, view the trams and suburban stations. In a polycentric municipal area tramways probably work better than a railway for local journeys. Then we travel on to the border station at Bohumín. Here we see nearly as many trains from PKP as CD! Traction and stock throughout is incredibly varied from the latest CityElefants to locomotives that have been in service for 50 years! RT 80 mins. Narrated. Published August 2013


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