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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 6 (October 1, 1927)

Continental Railway Grouping

Continental Railway Grouping.

Just nine years ago the kingdom of Czechoslovakia was born, and the foundations laid of the 8,000 mile railway system which to-day has arisen out of the Bohemian, Austrian and Hungarian transportation undertakings given over to the Prague authorities after the world war.

Of the European standard-guage of 4 ft. 8½ in., the Czecho-slovakian railways radiate from the capital city, Prague, northwards to central Germany, southwards to Vienna and Budapest, eastwards to Poland and Russia, and westwards to Nuremburg and south Germany. Locomotives number 3,5000, passenger vehicles 8,000, and goods wagons 96,000. Prague is connected with Paris by fast through trains making the run in twenty-six hours. Czechoslovakian passenger trains closely resemble those of Germany, while stations are everywhere built on generous lines. Train signalling is being rapidly improved by the introduction of automatic and semi-automatic equipment, and it is the proud boast of the Czecho-slovakian railway workers that they provide the safest travel in Europe.

One of the most picturesque of all central European lands, Czecho-slovakia owes much to her far-flung railway system for the remarkably speedy rehabilitation which has been accomplished during the past few years.