Day of Railways 2014

| 29/10/2014 | 0 Comments

Czech Railways celebrated 175 years of railways in the Czech lands.

Rail transport in the territory of the Czech Republic has 175 years of tradition. The first railway line was opened from Vienna to Břeclav, June 6th, 1839 and July 7th, 1839 was a festive day with inauguration of a firts train from Vienna to Brno. Distinguished guests and the public remembered this anniversary on a Day of Railways, this year held on September 27th.

On the occasion of the traditional Day of Railways and celebrations of 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first train to our territory, rich cultural program was held in Břeclav. A number of historic and modern vehicles ranging from centuries-old steam beauties to advanced Railjet and Pendolino were presented. On the same day new public transport terminal was inaugurated. Exceptional event attracted the attention of 30,000 visitors from all over the Czech Republic and abroad.

The fact that railways is not at its 175th  birthday outdated and obsolete vehicle is clearly evident by its widely penetrated usage. Czech Railways, with almost 170 million passengers carried per year, approximately 17 journeys per 1 inhabitant, holds one of the first rung among the new EU member countries and an important place in the whole European Union. In addition, interest in traveling by train in the last three years continues to grow, unlike bus service.


Daniel Kurucz, Chairman of the Board
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