Railway Operators in the Czech Republic


CD - Ceske Drahy

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

In 2016 CD passenger numbers reached 171,5 million, 1% more than in 2015. CD Cargo carried 65.5 million tonnes of freight, down 1.4% year-on-year, with domestic traffic dropping by 8% and international traffic increasing by 11%.

In the beginning of 2003 former CD was split up in the new CD, only responsible for management and operation of rail transport. The infrastructure is now in the hands of SZDC, Sprava Zeleznicni dopravni cesty (to be renamed into Ceska Zeleznice in 2012). On 1 December 2007 CD Cargo was split off from the operating company CD. It might merge with ZSSK Cargo from Slovakia.

Website: http://www.cd.cz/ and http://www.cdcargo.cz/

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AV - Arriva vlaky s.r.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

In December 2012 Arriva vlaky, subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn from Germany, started an open-access passenger service on Kralupy nad Vltavou–Praha Masarykovo–Benešov using second-hand German diesel trainsets.

In 2016 116,000 passengers travelled with Arriva.

Website: http://www.arriva.cz/

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AWT - Advanced World Transport

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

Apart from a large network of industrial railways, this company had taken over the line from Milotice nad Opavou to Vrbno pod Pradedem from CD. In Summer 2008 OKDD acquired Viamont Cargo, in 2010 Viamont took over the passenger operations of OKDD. On the 1st of May 2010 OKDD was renamed into Advanced World Transport. Early 2015 AWT was sold to Polish Railways freight operator PKP Cargo.

In 2014 AWT transported over 12 million tonnes of freight, producing 1.6 billion tonne-km.

Website: http://www.awt.eu/

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BFL - BF Logistics, s.r.o.

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BF Logistics was founded in 2005. The company operates freight services, but mainly hired locomotives to other operators.

Website: http://www.bfl.cz/

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GWTR - GW Train Regio (former Viamont Regio)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2010):

Viamont once was a large company operates passenger trains on Sokolov-Kraslice and Trutnov-Svoboda nad Upou, and heavy freigh trains over many CD lines. Viamont carried in 2006 the total of 966 965 tonnes of coal, in total 1.4 million tonnes of freight. In 2004 1.04 million passengers travelled with Viamont.
Since January 2006 Viamont also operates passenger trains on Karlovy Vary-Marianske Lazne, with Desiro DMUs leased from Vogtlandbahn in Germany. In December 2006 the line was completely taken over from CD.
In Summer 2008 Viamont Cargo was acquired by its competitor OKDD. In 2010 Viamont took over passenger operation on Milotice nad Opavou to Vrbno pod Pradedem from OKDD.

At the end of 2011 Viamont Regio (the remaining passenger business) was acquired by IDS Holding and subsequently renamed into GW Train Regio. In the mean time GWTR has been taken over by bus operator CSAD Jihotrans.

Since December 2016 GWTR operates passenger trains on Plzen-Most (157km). GTWR also won the tender for operation in Southern Bohemia, on Ceske Budejovice-Cerny Kriz, Strakonice-Volary and Cicenice-Volary-Nove Udoli, but it now seems that CD will keep on operating these lines.

Website: http://www.gwtr.cz/

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IDS - Inženýrské a dopravní stavby Olomouc a.s.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

IDS is an open-access company and mainly operates railway infrastructure trains. Their locomotives and shunters can also be hired. The company is based in Olomouc.

Website: http://www.ids-olomouc.cz/

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JHMD - Jindrichohradecke Mistni Drahy

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

Since 1997 this company operates all trains on the narrow gauge lines around Jidrichuv Hradec: Jidrichuv Hradec-Obratan and Jidrichuv Hradec-Nova Bystrice. They own several steam locomotives but at the beginning of 2017 none of these was operational. Also the two historic standard gauge motor cars (class 830/831) are not in operational condition.

Website: http://www.jhmd.cz/

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KZC - KZC Doprava

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KZC Doprava is the public transport operating arm of historical club and tourist train operator KZC. With second-hand diesel railbusses they operate a public passenger service on Praha Masarykovo-Praha Cakovice (19km) since 2013.

Website: http://www.kzc.cz/

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LEO - LEO Express

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

In December 2012 LEO Express has started a new express passenger service between Praha and Bohumin with new FLIRT trainsets from Stadler. They have plans for many more new open-access passenger services.

In 2016 1.4 million passengers travelled with LEO, over 30% more than in 2015.

Website: http://www.le.cz/

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LT - LokoTrain s.r.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

LokoTrain mainly provides services to other operators, with leased locomotives and qualified train drivers. Since July 2015 EP Cargo is the majority owner of LokoTrain.

Website: http://www.lokotrain.eu/

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MT - METRANS Rail

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

METRANS Rail was founded as Railtransport in 2003 and is based in Sokolov. It operates regional trains, charter trains and freight. The plan to start open-access express passenger trains (planned for 2007) did not materialize. METRANS increased its stake in the company to 80% in 2011, becoming the owner of Railtransport.

Website: http://www.metransrail.eu/

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ODOS - Ostravská dopravní spolecnost, a.s.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

ODOS is an open-access freight operator, that also hires locomotives to other companies. It is a subsidiary of NH-Trans. The locomotives are mainly second-hand from Slovakia.

Website: http://www.odos.cz/

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RC - Railway Capital a.s.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

RC exists since 2011 and was set up to operate passenger trains on branch lines. In 2016 the company mainly operates seasonal weekend trains on such lines, for which second-hand railbusses were bought. RC's locomotives are often hired to track maintenance firms.

Website: http://www.railwaycapital.cz/

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RJ - RegioJet a.s. (Student Agency)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

RegioJet is a subsidiary created by Student Agency for operating open access passenger trains. For long-distance trains in the Czech Republic (that started in 2011) Skoda locomotives have been acquired second-hand from FNM in Italy. For services in Slovakia from 12/2011 second-hand Talent diesel trainsets from Bombardier were acquired. About half of these were exchanged for Desiro trainsets from Siemens.
For international services operating on both 3000V DC and 25kV AC lines, fast and powerful electric locomotives type Vectron from Siemens are being leased.

In 2016 3.72 million passengers travelled with RegioJet, 20% more than in 2015.

Website: http://www.regiojet.cz/

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SD-KD - SD - Kolejova Doprava

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

On 1 January 2002 this company has taken over the railway operation of DNT (23km) which operated trains for the Nastup Tusimice mines near Kadan and Chomutov. SD is a mining company in Northern Czechia.

Website: http://www.sd-kd.cz/

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TSS - TSS Cargo a.s.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

TSS operates open-access freight trains using second-hand and modernised locomotives. They also operate track building trains and hire locomotives to other operators.

Website: http://www.tsscargo.cz/

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UNIDO - Unipetrol Doprava

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

Unipetrol Doprava specialises in railway transport, especially of chemical products. Unipetrol Doprava is a complex railway company, offering its clients an extensive services portfolio. Its clients include the companies from the chemical Orlen Group holding and many other external customers, such as noted railway delivery companies, foreign transport companies and chemical factories unaffiliated with the holding.

Website: http://www.unipetroldoprava.cz/

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VD - Vitkovice Doprava

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

Apart from on its own network in the Ostrava area, this company operates open-access freight trains over SZDC tracks, mainly between Stramberk and Ostrava-Vitkovice with trains carrying limestone.

Website: http://www.vitkovice.cz/

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ZD - Zeleznice Desna (Arriva Morava)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

This company operates trains on Sumperk-Petrov nad Desnou-Kouty nad Desnou and Petrov nad Desnou-Sobotín since spring 1998. The service is actually carried out by SOZ (Stavební Obnova Zeleznic) Bohumin. This has been taken over on 1 October 2002 by bus operator Connex Morava a.s. (in the mean time renamed into Veolia).
In 2013 DB bought Veolia Transport Central Europe (VTCE) and this company will probably be merged with the Arriva operations in the Czech Republic.

The main line Sumperk-Kouty nad Desnau was electrified in 2016. Operation has been taken over by CD with class 640 RegioPanter EMUs. According to the website Arriva also stopped operating trains on the branch line Petrov-Sobotin (3.4km) that has not been electrified.

Website: http://www.arriva-morava.cz/zeleznicni-doprava/

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Last update: 20-05-2017