According to local mayors, CD has long underestimated or overlooked problems on the narrow gauge railway.
The Tremesna – Osoblaha narrow gauge railway is the only public narrow gauge railway in Moravia and Silesia today and one of the last three operated in the Czech Republic. It was built with a gauge of 760 mm in 1898. The entire track is 20 kilometers long, has a top speed of 40 km/h and the highest gradient is 27‰. It also has the smallest curve on the Czech railroad network with a radius of only 75 meters. Trains can pass through it at a speed of only 20 km/h. Operation has been provided by Czech Railways.
However, Czech Railways stopped operations on Thursday, the day new ECM regulations addressing vehicle maintenance came into force. To comply with the regulations, CD had to stop operations; the units in use on the line do not meet the new standards. The 705.914 and 705.913 locomotives are now both being upgraded, Czech Railways has promised to resume operations in September.
The mayors of the municipalities associated in the narrow gauge railway charitable trust want to negotiate about taking over the operation. Similar plans have been made by municipalities along the line before. Since CD stopped operations, the substitute bus service forced the mayors to act faster.
They say that CD cannot handle the operation. The municipalities now want to negotiate a lease or purchase of units with CD, and are looking for units for sale all over Europe. The mayors want the Osoblaha region municipalities to be able to operate the line themselves.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.