Dĕčín h.n.

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Dĕčín h.n.

Postby CSD » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:19 am

With Keuhn releasing the German and Czech versions of the dual voltage 371 built by Skoda and nicknamed "Bastard", I thought to post my pictures from Dĕčín main station, Czech Republic. Both German and Czech trains can be seen here as this is the last stop for trains headed to Germany. The station itself has been totally restored from communist damage and the entire line in this area is elevated on a viaduct following the curve of the river. For this reason it would make a great model railroad shelf layout.
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View from the platform
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The Bastard - note the German wagons
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The Station
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

Why is it called the "Bastard"?

It is a nice looking locomotive, though.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby CSD » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:44 am

I don't know for sure, but some were sold to Germany making it so those ones don't know their father. The Czechs are funny, they name all the locomotives.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:33 pm

I would probally have fun working in the naming department.

Would the passengers on a train being pulled by a "Bastard" be called "little bastards?"
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:08 pm

Thanks for the pics. It's nice that a manufacturer is venturing outside of German protos. Not that I have a problem with German protos, it's just nice to have variety. I look forward to getting the Kuehn sometime in the future.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby Rich B » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:13 pm

I had an hour or so at Dĕčín hl. n. a couple of weeks ago, partway through a Dresden - Dĕčín - Liberec - Zittau - Dresden round trip. The gallery from that day can be found at http://bordnamona.fotopic.net/c1776817.html

Although not identical, the 180/372 opens up possibilities for conversion to other Czech/Slovakian types. A large number of different types share the same basic shell, with differing grille, window and transformer detail. Some are AC, some DC, some dual. Here's a 162 (3kV DC only) with a DB 180 (16.5kV AC/3kV DC) passing, also at Dĕčín.

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The 371s penetrate quite far into Gemany, up to Berlin on night trains. Here 371003 brings in a dead 371005 at Dresden, where a shunter got the 005 working and it took the Amsterdam portion on to Berlin.

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The 372s and 180s are used in a common pool, and take freights to Leipzig and Berlin, and also work into Poland (which also uses 3kV DC) on passenger turns from Berlin. 372s/180s are 140kph max, 371s (I've heard the nickname "Turbobastard" for these) were modified from 371s with a maximum of 160kph.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby CSD » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:01 pm

Great photos, Rich! You got some fantastic shots in your gallery.

I've attached a 141 electric (ex E499.1) from Dĕčín. The prototype was built in 1957 and the class were continued in to the 60's. There are only a few left in service in the CD.
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Turbo Bastards... I love it.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:15 pm

Are the E499s Skoda products?
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby Rich B » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:23 pm

Just about all Czech electrics are. In fact, I don't know of any that aren't, at least as far as mainline types go.
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Re: Dĕčín h.n.

Postby CSD » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:39 pm

Very true. Both Å koda and ÄŒKD built steam locomotives. Then as that technology was replaced Å koda built the electrics and ÄŒKD built the diesels.
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