Cheb train station. Source: Vojtěch Dočkal/Wikimedia Commons

Locomotive derailment in the Czech Republic slows rail freight down

Cheb train station. Source: Vojtěch Dočkal/Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday morning around 9 am a freight train locomotive derailed in the Cheb railway station, in the Western Czech Republic, close to the border with Germany. No one was injured, but traffic from Cheb to Tršnice had to be temporarily interrupted for a few hours.

Starting from 11 am, trains are currently allowed on the line, which is running on only one track and at reduced speed.

The derailment happened on a double-track line running from the German border via Cheb to Karlovy Vary and on to Ústí nad Labem. After the locomotive hit a stub it derailed and ended up in the middle of the bushes. Part of the transiting trains has been redirected to a detour through Františkovy Lázně made available for this section.

The locomotive has been stabilized and actions are being taken to prevent liquid spills. The closed track was expected to be put into operation in the evening hours.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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