Slovakia - electric locomotives

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The newest and finest electric locomotives of today's Slovakia are Siemens Vectron machines of the class 383. Ten locomotives were ordered via the leasing company S Rail Lease. The first ones arrived in Slovakia in November 2017. These are multiple electric systems versions which can cross borders, for example to CZ, A or SLO.
Picture from Kosice main station 3.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A Slovakian class 350 electric locomotive in front of an InterCity train. These are among the best locomotives in today's Slovakia. It is a dual electric systems electric locomotive made by Škoda Plzeň. They were built 1973-1975 and there were only 20 of them, now divided between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is a 4000 kW strong and 160 km/h fast machine which can operate both on 3 kV DC as well as 25 kV AC. They are used on four main lines, two of which are coming to Kosice. The two lines include Bratislava-Kosice and Kosice to Budapest. This one was heading an InterCity to Bratislava.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another Slovakian class 350 electric locomotive but with a bit different new painting. The driver had to climb out to try to wipe flies and mosquitoes away from the windscreen.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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This double locomotive of the class 131, also known as the type E479.1 is a rarity. It is basically two class 163 locomotives coupled together and geared down for heavy haul cargo use. This double locomotive unit has a top speed of only 100 km/h and a power rating of 4480 kW (which of course compared with modern four axle locomotives like the TRAXX or Vectron, which are half this size and still have a power rating of 6400 kW seems modest). These are rare machines, built by Škoda Plzeň 1980-82. In practise they are used for bringing Polish coal into Slovakia.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A class 163 locomotive in the now common red and white painting. The old Czechoslovakian name for these locomotives was class E499.3. They were built by Skoda in 1984. This is a pure 3 kV DC version of the locomotive family. These machines have a power rating of 3480 kW and a top speed of 120 km/h. These are purely passenger train locomotives. Note that it is typical in Slovakia that locomotives use both pantographs up at the same time when running with just 3 kV DC.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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ZSSK locomotive of the class 163 in older green painting.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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ZSSK locomotive of the class 361 looks to the outside very much like class 163. Both are made by Skoda and actually the class 361 machines were previously class 163 machines, but they were rebuilt for dual voltage and uprated to 3600/3200kW and a top speed of 160km/h by ZOS Vrutky. They are originally from the year 1980.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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An old electric shunter locomotive of the class 110. They were taken in service in what then was Czechoslovakia in 1971. In Slovakia only two are left in 2018. It has a power rating of 800 kW and a top speed of 80 km/h. They are used for fetching passenger train coaches from railyards to stations. They were bult by Skoda as Skoda type 33E. 52 of them were built.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The same class 110 shunter as in the picture above. From the looks of the poor old machine it's easy to guess that Slovakia will very soon have not even the two now remaining class 110 machines left.
Picture from Kosice main station 2.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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