Remember the last scene from The Precedence of the Station? Vlasta Burian jumps on the train, sings and says goodbye to the audience while holding a bowl. This footage was taken at the railway station in Prague-Jenonisi, on the Prague-Simmering line. Workers built this picturesque mountain railway section in the early 1970s, and on exactly 150 years ago the first passenger trains began working on it.




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Prague Simering | Photo: Czech Railways

The Prague Semmering rises from Smíchovské nádraží to cross the Prokop Valley via two bridges over thin piers. Both were built by Italian builders in an incredible 17 months.

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“For 150 years, all the valleys and roads leading along the waterways to Prague were occupied by railways. The Buštěhradská dráhy company was looking for a way to get to the city center. The primary concern was the transportation of coal,” explains Bohumil Augusta, director of KŽC Doprava. , which today runs on the track with the so-called scooter in Prague on weekends.

They use the iconic Kredenc for riding, and Petr Kužel regularly sits in his cabin: “The track is a relatively steep incline. It rises about 93 meters from the common station to Jenonik.

Prague motorcycle and S65 line

In the 19th century, the track was mainly used for freight trains. “100 years ago, railroads had 25 times more freight wagons than passenger cars,” explains Adam Hurco of the National Technical Museum.

Prague Siemering Bridge | Photo: Jolana Nováková | Source: Czech Radio

But this has changed, traffic density is steadily increasing. In the 1980s, dual tracking was considered. But at the turn of the last millennium, traffic has weakened, and the track, ironically, has been helped by floods 20 years ago.

Petr Kužel adds: “Both freight trains and international trains ran along the line, and last but not least, it was also a kind of alternative to the B metro.”

Since 2010, the track has been used not only by motorcycles on weekends, but also by the S65 line, which connects Prague with Rodna every hour.

Clara Shkudova, Tomasz Malyšek

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