RTC operates unique broad-gauge charter in Slovakia

UK-BASED Railway Touring Company operated the first passenger train to be hauled by Slovak broad gauge (1,520mm) Class 125 electric locos in July.

The train was formed of a unique preserved ex-Czechoslovak Railways (ČSD) variable gauge (1435/1520mm) axle two-car DMU, owned by a preservation group based in Haniska, near the Slovakian city of Košice.

1520mm-gauge ZSSK Cargo locos Nos. 125820 and 125819 at Matovce ŠRT with the Class 125-hauled train on July 5. KEITH FENDER

It was hauled from Haniska to Matovce, near the Ukraine border, by locos Nos. 125820 and 125819.

Unfortunately, because of a planning error, half the passengers for the charter did not experience the whole line loco hauled (the group was split into two as the DMU has limited seats).

The locos had one normal UIC coupling and a buckeye on the other end meaning a run round at Matovce was not possible as the DMU could not join up to the buckeye coupling.

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