Nadrazi Holesovice Franze Kafky Sign, Prague, CZ, 2009

2009


Since I've made albums for 2007 and 2008, and figured I should make one for 2009 also, even if 2009 wasn't nearly as interesting a year. Maybe the most interesting development in 2009 is that I got my first cameraphone, and while I still consider film far superior, more photos than ever this year (read...any at all) were digital.

Nadrazi Holesovice Franze Kafky Sign, Prague, CZ,…

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This station name actually dates to 2007, if I'm not mistaken. I remember first seeing this sign coming back to Prague in 2008 from Christmas Break, and it must have gone up before the break, of course. Realising their blunder, however (Kafka wrote stories about hellish bureaucracy and mismanagement), Ceske Drahy quickly removed these signs from inside the rail station proper, or covered the name in tape, rather. This sign, at the bus station end, was allowed to stay, however, so although I kicked myself for not getting the signs in the station earlier, I was able to get a photo of this sign as a last resort.

2008 Czech Christmas Cookies, Prague, CZ, 2009

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When I got home from the U.S., these Christmas cookies were still left over, sitting on the kitchen table.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Prague, CZ, 2009

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Soon after I arrived back to Prague, we had a major snowstorm that was cold enough to frost all the trees, and it stayed that way long enough for me to get some photos.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 2, Prague, CZ, 2009

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This is one of my favorites.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 3, Prague, CZ, 2009

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Here's the third shot.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 4, Prague, CZ, 2009

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Here's a closeup of the frosted branches on one of the trees.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 5, Prague, CZ, 2009

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The gloom in this shot isn't bad post processing, as there was some mist in the air, a sure indication that this scene wouldn't last long.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 6, Prague, CZ, 2009

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Here's another frosted tree.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 7, Prague, CZ, 2009

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This tree was so frosted that it looks like an IR shot taken in the summer, but it isn't.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 8, Prague, CZ, 2009

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Here's another branch closeup.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 9, Prague, CZ, 2009

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And a third branch closeup.

Snow in Sidliste Haje, Picture 10, Prague, CZ, 200…

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Here you can see the building with the clock on it, down near the Metro.

OBB #1216237 at Nadrazi Holesovice, Prague, CZ, 20…

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My first international trip after getting back to Prague was to Dresden, which meant that I departed from Nadrazi Holesovice. Since the Schengen agreement took effect, my sense is that the various European railways have been less hesitant to allow their locomotives to operate across international borders, as these Austrian OBB Class 1216 electrics have been turning up in Holesovice quite a bit lately.

CD #362164-6 at Nadrazi Holesovice, Prague, CZ, 20…

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At this point, my train, coming from Budapest (if I'm not mistaken) hadn't arrived yet, but the locomotive that would take the train into Germany, CD #362164-6, was already waiting.

OBB #1216226-1 at Nadrazi Holesovice, Picture 2, P…

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Here's another Austrian locomotive that happened to be waiting in Holesovice, double headed with either a CD 362 or 363 Class electric.

ZSSK #350006-3 Arriving at Nadrazi Holesovice, Pic…

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My train arrived in Holesovice behind ZSSK #350006-3, which would have been added in Slovakia, of course.

Church of St. Mary Tower in Usti nad Labem, Usteck…

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As my train headed north towards the border, I took several shot of the snowy scenes as they went by, but many were limited by poot light and the tinted windows on the train. This one came out better than most. The church is the church of St. Mary.

Ex-CSD #475.179, Decin, Ustecky Kraj, Bohemia (CZ)…

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I originally had no idea what this locomotive was because the photo was so blurred, but eventually I found the info that I needed. This is Ex-CSD 475.179, which is an operable 475 Class 4-8-2 based at Decin, as seen here. I don't have the exact build date, but it would have been sometime between 1947 and 1950. The power rating is 1480kW (1985 horsepower), and the maximum speed is officially 100Km/h, although obviously a locomotive this powerful with medium-size drivers could probably do more.

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