The Moravian-Silesian Region has a new attraction. Excursion trains run through the coal district

On Saturday morning, an urgent sightseeing train embarks on a non-traditional route, from which the Silesian Railway Association (SŽS) wants to make it traditional, along the lines of the Ostrava-Karviná hard coal district (OKR), which in the past were used to collect black coal from local shafts. Among the passengers, there are many who know mining and miners, although they are not yet completely finished, rather only from the stories of loved ones.

Roughly 85 percent of the filled train departs from the Ostrava-střed station (and the other from Havířov!) And gradually, accompanied by places with the volume of limping commentary, passes through important places in the district.

Right after Zárubek, Ladislav Antalec, co-founder of SŽS, reminds many of the information about the soon to be newly transformed Ostrava Zoo station in Josef’s Pit. The garden should be open for visitors on the first weekend in July.

Enthusiasts on every “corner”

The stop at the Orlová water pit Žofie arouses the greatest response among passengers. Most of them get out and take pictures not only with the mining tower from 1931, but also the train and the most of them also the Bert 751.335 locomotive, which SŽS has leased from “partners” from the Moravian Railway.

Until September, the Silesian Railway Association will regularly run special passenger trains on sightseeing tours on coal sidings in the Ostrava and Karviná regions on weekends.  A picture from the premiere cruise, which took place on Saturday, June 12, 2021.Until September, the Silesian Railway Association will regularly run special passenger trains on sightseeing tours on coal sidings in the Ostrava and Karviná regions on weekends. A picture from the premiere cruise, which took place on Saturday, June 12, 2021.Source: Deník / Lukáš Kaboň

“Rarely does this locomotive get into operation, it can be said that it is a rarity,” says Pavel Hruška, a photographer who works in railway transport at PKP Cargo International – a company that allowed the association to use its lines and therefore made it available. these adventure rides to people.

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“I know some places and visit them as part of my job, but others are new to me. Maybe I’ve never been here with Žofia. It’s a nice experience, you don’t have the opportunity to see places from this perspective, “says the man who combined pleasant with useful and took the family on a trip.

There is a huge interest in sightseeing tours not only among passengers on the train, but also among railway enthusiasts scattered along the entire line. During the OKR tour, the train, with a tripod or high-quality equipment, takes pictures or cameras in the hand of approximately the same number of people sitting there. Here at the crossing, here at the railway bridge, and even in the thicket.

Karviná mines

The word “sightseeing” is not a cruise in the name by chance. During the entire ride, Ladislav Antalec introduces people to a lot of interesting things related to individual places or times in general. The train passes several former mining colonies along the route, which cannot be mentioned.

“Typical living in a mining colony, this was today’s 1 + 1 apartment with 40 square meters,” Antalec explains to the people, noting that the foundations of these houses were built in a dry way.

Visually, an interesting section of the line is the Karviná part with the ČSA and ČSM mines, which is still in operation. It is not possible to perform here, mobile phones and cameras by the windows and tilted heads in them are an even more common phenomenon. “Klára, there are more pipes than here in Rožnov, isn’t there?” He half says and half asks his granddaughter’s grandfather in the ČSM Sever mine complex. The train crew is far from not only in this case.

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The birth of a new tradition?
Until September, the Silesian Railway Association will regularly run special passenger trains on sightseeing tours on coal sidings in the Ostrava and Karviná regions on weekends.  A picture from the premiere cruise, which took place on Saturday, June 12, 2021.Ladislav AntalecSource: Deník / Lukáš KaboňWho does not get to the second weekend of June or did not register the information in time does not have to despair. Until September 19, trains will be dispatched regularly every Saturday from the Ostrava-střed station and every Sunday from Havířov!

And if there is a lot of interest, SŽS intends not only to make sightseeing tours a long tradition, but even to expand the places to which the train goes on the line.

“In the past, we sent trains suddenly, so-called irregularly regularly, albeit on a slightly different line. Even then, there was a tendency to start regular operation, but the economy was not suitable. But the trains caught on and there was a huge interest in them, so this year we achieved regular operation, “says Ladislav Antalec about the pilot regime for Deník (pictured above), a man who, in his words, loves the region and lives it fully.

“Vítkovice on one side, coal mines on the other, sensation. As a child, I liked to play with trains and I probably had it left. I love the industrial, the shafts, the railway and there was no other way than to connect it all, get a train and go around the shafts with it, “says one of the members of the SŽC committee and its co-founder, whose set was leased by Czech Railways and Moravská železní locomotive. The region contributes financially.

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