JHMD - Town train of Jindrichuv Hradec

JHMD - Town train of Jindrichuv Hradec

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John Robson
Luton, UK10 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
The two railways run by JHMD from Jindrichuv Hradec (itself a very attractive and unspoiled town) feel as if they haven't changed in the last fifty years or more. They are still REAL country railways serving a lightly populated area.

The best trains to travel on are those hauled by their diesel locomotives, which pull a single coach (maybe two coaches if it is really busy). The "submarines" (Railcars) are interesting unique vehicles, but rather noisy.

Both lines are very attractive scenically passing through woods and fields in generally hilly terrain. There is a small, but very interesting museum at Nova Bystrice which has a good collection of Edmondson ticket issuing equipment (the best I have seen outside of the museum in Lancaster, England where Edmondson was born). The history of the railway is also well illustrated. Jiri, the company lawyer kindly gave us a guided tour of the museum in English.

The line to Obratan is also worth a trip, and many trains stop for a break at Kamenice, where there is a nice cafe on the station, and an interesting collection of rolling stock. On the evening trains the cafe may be shut, but there is a very pleasant pub/restaurant next to the station which serves good Czech beer and good food.

I was leading a group from Ffestiniog Travel (ie the Ffestiniog Railway in England's associated travel booking service), and everyone was very impressed by these two lines, which although they provide a useful transport service to the local community, are unspoilt and probably unchanged for decades.

Few staff speak English, but all are very helpful. Whilst most of our visit had been carefully preplanned, they were very helpful in additionally organising a visit to their workshops and footplate rides. We travelled with a young lady who was newly qualified as a driver. We were very impressed with both her knowledge of the line, and the vigilance of her driving. Whilst the lines are remote, there are many ungated crossings, and a lot of wildlife (especially deer), so constant attention is essential.

Do take the time to visit both lines, which can be done in a day, but it's better to spend a day on each.

If you wanted to visit, the staff at Ffestiniog Travel in Tremadoc, Wales could book you hotels and make any necessary arrangements (they take international bookings). They have good relationships with JHMD, and expertise booking train tickets (or air if you wanted to fly).

These railways really are gems. Most of our group thought them to be the highlight of a tour which covered Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. Go soon, whilst they retain their immense charm.
Written July 5, 2019
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Jiří D
1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Family
It was very a nice day we spent on narrow-gauge train. I recommend steam train to visit, but better reserve tickets.
Written August 13, 2018
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia26,232 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
The JHMD is a private narrow gauge railway that serves Jindrichuv Hradec, connecting it to Obratan and to Nova Bystrice. It connects to mainline services here. In the Summer it has steam-hauled tourist trains, but even the daily service at other times has heritage loco-hauled or diesel rail motor services with the famous Nautilus railcar. It is quite inexpensive to use and you buy tickets on board. On the service to the South to Nova Bystrice (near the Austrian border) it passes through forested areas. There is a railway museum at the station building at Nova Bystrice.
Written October 29, 2017
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Tereza G
5 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This attraction is really only for rich people because if you plan to make a trip with whole your family you'll spend incredibly high amount of money. Since the new owner started to change this company everything is getting terribly wrong. The servis is worse and worse every year and the prices are crazy. If you're not a true steam train fan, think over carefully before you get on the board...
Written July 15, 2018
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