Snowy winter might be a beautiful time of a year, but for permanent way gangs, it’s rather less enjoyable. On a frosty January morning, the side road in Staré Město pod Sněžníkem is being cleared of snow and ice that have built up overnight while an 810 awaits its next duty carrying tens of skiers.
460 061 enjoys a short pause in Horní Lideč as it awaits to be overtaken by a Slovakia-bound EuroCity train. An interesting feature of smaller Czech junctions that is now fading into oblivion is small boards showing the direction of the train placed directly on the platforms.
Vlárský průsmyk has this unique feeling of being located in a very remote spot. The formal border with Slovakia is in proximity of the station, however since both countries joined the Schengen Area in December 2007, all the border infrastructure is now defunct. There is only a handful of dwellings nearby, however, typically for Czechia, there’s also an inn.