Slovakia - private rail operators

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Regiojet is a private company, which started competing with Czech state railways and now has extended its offering to Slovakia. For example here is a train serving the route Prag (Praha) - Žilina - Košice. In the beginning Regiojet used very old coaches from where ever they could get and their locomotives were old Skoda machines, but when the traffic volume has expanded, they bought a lot of fairly modern Intercity coaches for example from Austrian state railways ÖBB. Some of Regiojet's coaches are even today registered in Austria. Here we see a Regiojet train which has just arrived from Prag to Kosice. The locomotive is a leased Siemens Vectron owned by European Locomotive Leasing ELL of Germany.
Picture from Kosice station 3.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Most of Regiojet's coaches are former Austrian ÖBB Intercity train coaches. They became superfluous for ÖBB when ÖBB started using more and more of new Railjets instead of traditional Intercities. They are comfortable, but not exactly low-floor :-)
Picture from Kosice station 3.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Bulk transshipment Slovakia BTS


BTS is a small private cargo rail operator, which started its services in 2009. In 2018 they have four six axle locomotives, 22 of old Skoda built four axle locomotives, four broad gauge locomotives for operations on Russian gauge lines and one standard gauge class 240 locomotive for operation in Hungary. This is one of the old Skoda class 183 six axle machines.
Picture from Kosice station 3.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same BTS class 183 machine seen a bit more from its side.
Picture from Kosice station 3.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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