Regional Rail Express - 43: Citadella II (50 p.)

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ronik24

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Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Regional Rail Express - 42: Citadella I (50 p.)



July 9 2021

Finally, some current photos for this series:
Friday morning, I took an IR "Helikon" from the well-known "DB castle" at Győr towards Lake Balaton. On the way to Kaposvár, these Desiro DMUs operating every two hours via Pápa reverse direction a full three times. The old infrastructure of the Pápa line still remains intact, however, most loco-hauled passenger trains have disappeared.
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I took a break on the way to the lake at Jánosháza. Soon, Romanian-built DB Cargo Hungária Softronic "Phoenix" 478.001 came by hauling northbound freight, a prettier perspective was being blocked by a parking juggernaut.
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Another ÖBB Taurus with container train followed soon as I had crossed busy highway 8. IR 9604 "Helikon" Kaposvár - Győr could be captured in a nearby field, extinct volcano Somló in the background.
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IC 954 "Göcsej" Budapest-Déli - Zalaegerszeg in the opposite direction, then I returned to the station due to thunderstorm clouds gathering overhead.
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The semi luckily had continued on the road, so I managed to capture this top view of the village with VESz 9525 Zalaegerszeg - Celldömölk.
What do clever storks do during looming thunderstorms? No, they don't wait to get roasted in their nests, they move out of the way.
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VESz 9524 Celldömölk - Zalaegerszeg reflection in the station timetable board.
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Our punctual star train: IC 247 "Citadella" Ljubljana - Budapest-Déli. A fire had broken out on the embankment of the highway in the bone-dry landscape, firefighters arrived soon afterwards.
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July 11 2021

Returning home, I took one of the two long-distance IR pairs on weekends, IR 19602 "Helikon" Pécs - Kaposvár - Győr. I had expected an a/c DMU, but was pleasantly surprised by an M41 hauling cars with windows to open. You could follow two GPS-dots on the map in the MÁV app converging near the Boba track triangle: my IR still had to negotiate corners north of Jánosháza, the other approached at 60 mph westwards. Nothing could be spotted at the junction of the lines - but then, from a distance: IC 246 "Citadella" to Ljubljana.
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November 5 2011

I had taken pictures of "Citadella" previously during excursions to Bakony forest, here G 246 at Veszprém.
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The same on foggy November 19 2011.
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April 23 2008

Let's return to Ormož which at the time faced major construction works. Telegraph lines already had been removed, light signals were in place.
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Some old infrastructure still remained.
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Rail replacement buses operated towards Ljutomer, however, I continued my journey to Varaždin (see report part 22 "Maestral II").
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Green-yellow diesel meeting (picture from the video camera), the GM departure sound:

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June 20 2009

One year later, 644-005 reversed here on the "Slovenian Španka" tour.
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Et voilà: 664-102 again, stopping with MV 247 "Citadella" to Budapest at the now modernized platform.
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May 1 2019

The same view a decade later, after electrification.
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The green train subsequently took me to Čakovec (see part 21).
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August 18 2004

Back to my first stay here in beautiful evening light.
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IC 247 arrived and took us to Pragersko.
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Departure from Ormož behind GM-power, only with a single telegraph mast remaining on July 17 2007 to the left.
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A new siding was being constructed near Velika Nedelja in 2007.
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May 3 2019

Even in the electric era you could still experience a meeting of DMU-classics here, featuring 711-004 as RG 640 Maribor - Murska Sobota.
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October 12 2006

During our fall tour, we captured this top cultural background at Velika Nedelja/Großsonntag:

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I removed graffiti on the Fiat railcars virtually.
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It still had been quite foggy an hour earlier, freight from Pragersko approaching on the straight at Osluševci.
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The fog was lifting exactly in time for IC 247 at 10:40 a.m.
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"Citadella" passing Podgorci in tractor country.
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Previously, we had followed Miško in a convoy to Moškanjci, exactly in time for a "Reagan"-meeting. The soundtrack:

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July 17 2007

Not even a year later, and the stationmaster of Moškanjci was a prisoner in his own domain.
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For timetable reasons, I took "Citadella" ahead to Ptuj, then returned by local to Zamušani stop below a road bridge.
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A single GM was approaching on the now telegraph-mast- and semaphore-signal-less line from Moškanjci.
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Yes, it is 664-111 "Roni Reagan"! ;-D
Osluševci stop and the siding being built at Velika Nedelja in the background.
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Worth the wait: IC 516 "Mura" Koper - Hodoš at 8:26 p.m. during sunset.
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I was not alone waiting for the local.
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An old Fiat railcar took me into a short night - more from the following morning next time.
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June 20 2009

Sunset meeting with freight at Moškanjci on the "Slovenian Španka" tour.
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