National infrastructure manager of Czechia

 SZCZ - Správa železnic

Network length, gauge and electrification (2020):

SZ operates and maintains the Czech rail infrastructure. Until 2019 the company was known as Sprava Zeleznicni dopravni cesty (SZDC).SZ has its own work trains for track maintenance.

Website: https://www.spravazeleznic.cz/

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Railway Operators in Czechia


 CD - Ceske Drahy

Network length, gauge and electrification (2021):

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 (renamed into SZ - Sprava Zeleznic - in 2019). On 1 December 2007 CD Cargo was split off from the operating company CD.

In 2018 the last narrow gauge CD line Tremesna-Osoblaha (22km, 760mm gauge) was taken over by Sleszke zemske drahy (SZD). CD will keep on operating the daily passenger service, but summer weekend steam services on the line will be operated by SZD.

Passenger numbers in 2019 grew by 1.6% to 182.1 million passengers, producing 8.685 billion passenger-km (+5.6%).
In the first Covid-19 year 2020 117.7 million passengers travelled with CD (-35.3%), producing 5127 billion passenger-km (-41%). Only 1.7 million passengers were international travellers (-66%). CD Cargo freight traffic amounted 59 million tonnes, 9% less than in 2019. 2 million more tonnes were transported by CD Cargo international subsidiaries (61 million tonnes in total).

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

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 ARR - Arriva vlaky s.r.o.

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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.
At the end of 2018 Arriva has won a three-year contract covering R21 Praha – Tanvald, R22 Kolín – Nový Bor, R24 Praha – Rakovník and R26 Praha – České Budĕjovice from December 2019. Also regional trains in the Zlin region have been taken over from CD. In Northern Bohemia they operate L3 Liberec-Lomnice nad Popolkou and L21 Zelezny Brod-Tanvald. More second-hand German diesel trainsets (class 628 and 642) are used.
Since December 2020 Arriva operates inter-regional fast services on lines R14A and R14B from Liberec to Pardubice and Usti nad Labem, with 15 modernised class 845 (former DB class 628) diesel trainsets. The contract length is 7 years.

In 2016 116,000 passengers travelled with Arriva.

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

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 AZD - AZD Praha s.r.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2019):

AZD Praha is well known as a supplier for railway systems. For testing these they bought the Lovosice-Most railway line. Since December 2019 this line also sees regular passenger service, continuing from Lovosice to Litomerice.

Website: https://www.azd.cz/

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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 hires locomotives to other operators.

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

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 DLBCZ - Die Länderbahn CZ

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Since December 2019 Die Länderbahn from Germany (former Regentalbahn) operates local passenger trains on lines U12 (Osek-Most-Louny-Rakovnik), U14 (Jirkov-Chomutov-Zatec-Luzna u Rakovnika) and touristic service T7 (Chomutov-Krimov-Medenec-Vejprty). For these services - to be operated for 10 years - "Regiosprinter" DMUs formerly operated by Vogtlandbahn are used.

Website: https://www.laenderbahn.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.

From December 2023 GWTR will operate all passenger trains on Horazdovice predmesti-Susice-Klatovy (99km) with a few trains over connecting lines to Strakonice, Nepomuk and Domazlice.

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.
In 2019 the parent company of IDS acquired KDS (Kladenska Dopravni a Strojni), a locomotive repair and lease company. The KDS locomotives and shunters were added to the IDS stock.

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 Jindrichuv Hradec: Jindrichuv Hradec-Obratan and Jindrichuv Hradec-Nova Bystrice. They own several steam locomotives of which a few were recently restored or are under overhaul. Also the two standard gauge historic standard gauge motor cars they own (class 830/831) are not in operational condition.

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

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 KPT - KPT rail, s.r.o.

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KPT Rail started as Klub přátel Transverzálky, z.s. They operate seasonal passenger trains on Netolice-Divcice-Cicenice-Tyn nad Vltavou (branch line Cicenice-Tyn nad Vltavou 21.3km, multiple train pairs) and open-access freight and special trains. The company is based in Tabor.

Website: https://www.kptrail.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. In April 2018 S24 Celakovice-Mochov (4km) followed.

Website: https://www.kzc.cz/

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 LE - LEO Express, a.s.

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, for which new Chinese trainsets have been ordered. Since 2018 Praha-Krakow(PL) is operated.

The Pardubice region has selected Leo Express to run subsidised services on the 024 Ústí nad Orlicí–Moravský Karlov(-Mlýnický Dvůr) and 025 Dolní Lipka – Hanušovice routes until 12/2019 operated by ČD.
Leo Express’s first subsidised public service contract runs for 10 years since December 2019. Diesel trainsets and motor cars have been taken over from Vectus in Germany for this service, many of them have been hired to Arriva.

RENFE, the Spanish national railway operator, has announced plans to acquire 50% of LEO Express.

In 2018 1.3 million passengers travelled with LEO, 100,000 more than in 2017.

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

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 LTEU - LokoTrain s.r.o.

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

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

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 MTR - METRANS Rail s.r.o.

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.

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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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 PCI - PKP Cargo International

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

Apart from a large network of industrial railways, OKDD 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. At the end of 2019 AWT was actually renamed into PKP Cargo International.

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

Website: https://www.pkpcargointernational.com/

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 RCAS - 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 2018 RegioJet won the contract to operate regional services on six lines around Usti nad Labem in the 2019-2029 period (U1(1 pair)/U3(3 pairs)/U5/U7/U13/U16(some) and U32(1 pair)). For these trains former DB class 628 are used, but new trainsets Elf II have been ordered from PESA in Poland.
At the end of 2018 RegioJet also won an eight-year contract to run long-distance service R8 from Brno to Ostrava and Bohumín from December 2019.

From December 2021 RJ will operate express passenger trains on Kolin-Usti nad Labem zapad (135km) for 8 years.

In 2018 9.7 million passengers travelled with RegioJet, 29% more than in 2017. 5.9 million passengers travellen on long-distance trains.

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

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RTTS - RailTransport-Stift sro

Network length, gauge and electrification (2020):

RTT-S is a small open-access operator mainly active in Western Czechia and the German province of Bayern. They operate former GDR/CZ type V100 locomotives. The company is based in Sluknov.

Website: http://www.rtt-s.eu/

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 SDKD - SD - Kolejova Doprava, a.s.

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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 TSSC - TSS Cargo a.s.

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TSS Cargo 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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 VDA - Východočeská dráha s.r.o.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2020):

This company mainly operates trains for other companies, in freight and track maintenance business. They own second-hand Czech and Polish locomotives.

Website: https://www.vychodoceskadraha.cz/

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 VDOP - Vitkovicka Doprava a.s.

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: https://vitkovickadoprava.com/

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Last update: 26-08-2021