Last day on JHMD narrow gauge railway
As of October 2, Jindřichohradecké místní dráhy must cease operation. The company's safety certification has expired.
Passengers and employees said goodbye on Sunday to the operation of the local narrow gauge railway in Jindřichův Hradec. The last train to Obrataň at 5:06 p.m., which the employees turned into a farewell train, was the center of attention. Jindřichův Hradec Local Railways (JHMD) have to cease operation as the operator’s safety certification has expired.
It is impossible to estimate the duration of the pause in operation. In addition to the red tape, the company is also struggling financially. It has been in insolvency proceedings since the beginning of September and its future is uncertain. Following service termination, the company must provide substitute bus service from October 3.
JHMD is a narrow gauge railway operator with lines from Jindřichův Hradec to Obrataň and Nová Bystřice. The company owns three steam locomotives, three diesel locomotives, eight passenger cars, and one freight car. It employs about 80 people.
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Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková