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A Classic Traditional City Terminal

My recent visits to Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi reminded me of other traditional railway terminals.

This Czech station  harks of Boston’s South Station as I remember it in the 1970s. It also bears similarities with  Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal and Chicago’s Dearborn Station.

Here we have ground level platforms, street level station buildings serving a mix of passenger trains.

Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi is a suburban station with an old shed over the concourse. Prague’s main station is only a 10-minute walk away.

I made this selection of images digitally using my Lumix LX7 and FujiFilm X-T1 cameras.

Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
City Elefants at Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
City Elefants at Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Telephoto view: Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Telephoto view: Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
A diesel hauled train departs Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
A diesel hauled train departs Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.
Prague Masarykovo Nadrazi, Lumix LX7 photo.

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Diesel Classics; Czech Goggles.

Among the European diesels with the most distinctive styling are the Czech class 750 (and related classes 753/754/755).

These are colloquially known as ‘Goggles’ because of their extended cab profile.

Last month (October 2016), I was pleased to find a variety of Goggles working freight and passenger services, many of them in fresh paint.

CD Cargo 'Goggles' at Kralupy nad Vitavou. FujiFilm XT1 digital photograph.
CD Cargo ‘Goggles’ at Kralupy nad Vitavou. FujiFilm XT1 digital photograph.
CD Cargo 'Goggles' at Kralupy nad Vitavou. FujiFilm XT1 digital photograph.
CD Cargo ‘Goggles’ at Kralupy nad Vitavou. FujiFilm XT1 digital photograph.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
CD class 750 at Zebreh, Czech Republic.
Pushing an empty passenger train in Prague. FujiFilm XT1 digital photo.
Pushing an empty passenger train in Prague. FujiFilm XT1 digital photo.

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Classic Lines Marred by Graffiti—Rostoky.

Czech Republic is an amazing place to watch, experience and photograph railways in action.

The mix of traditional architecture, a great variety of trains combined with heavy traffic made for lots of visual opportunities. Over the coming weeks I’ll present samples of my most recent Czech photos on Tracking the Light

On 14 October 2016, Denis McCabe and I visited the station at Rostoky, located northwest of Prague.

Among the attractions of this location is that it is a termini for some electric suburban services that still use the classic streamlined Ceski Drahi (Czech Railways) class 451 electric multiple units.

Unfortunately, one of the arriving  451s had been unofficially decorated which marred its classic lines. Undaunted, I made my photographs none-the-less.

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I made these images with my FujiFilm X-T1 fitted with 18-135mm lens.

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