In this programme we visit: Slovakia - lines around Zvolen; Ukraine - superb time-warp style narrow gauge line; Poland - the steel and sulphur railway; Czech Republic - lines south of Plzen and around Karlovy Vary and Slovakia - the Iron Ore line east of Kosice.
Slovakia: We take a look at two diesel operated lines to the north and east of Zvolen. A wide variety of diesel units and locomotives are seen on passenger and freight duties.
Ukraine: The country's narrow-gauge lines are quite simply from an era where time has stood still. We visit one such example to the north of Vinogrodov where TU-2 diesels and 1950s rolling stock rule the day, creating a sight difficult to comprehend - an amazing selection of video material!
Slovakia: We travel to east of Kosice to witness activity on the 1524mm-gauge Iron Ore line into the Ukraine as well as the parallel ZSR standard line. Classes 125.8, 163, 721, 752, & 183 all feature.
Czech Republic: We sample traffic to be found on two lines close to the busy railway centre at Plzen; one on the route to Prague and the other to the south on the main route to Ceské Budojovice. Class 363 and 242 dominate.
Poland: The Russian 1520mm freight line known as the 'Steel and Sulphur railway' links the Polish industrial region around Katowice with the Ukraine and beyond. Cameraman Ian Wilson visited the line in June 2006 where we see and hear the dedicated ST44 locos working the heavy freight trains.
Czech Republic: We survey diesel and electric traction at work around Karlovy Vary, including the diesel line to Kadan. Unsilenced class 749 & 750 diesels feature as well as 242, 742, 751, 753 and 754.
Hungary: Snow scenes from February 2005, featuring M41, M62 and V43 locomotives on a variety of passenger turns: including cab-ride scenes from on board an M62 diesel.
Produced by - Lineside Video Productions
Running time - 70 Minutes
Format - 4:3