Nostalgic rail journey
Křižík´s electric railway was the first electric railway in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The intention to establish a railway from Tábor to Bechyně was submitted to the Czech Diet in 1896. František Křižík took the greatest credit for the fact that the railway was electrified.
The construction of the very beginning of the railway was technically very interesting, because the river Lužnice had to be spanned. Electricity was supplied by a power plant situated near the constructed bridge. Another technical challenge was the construction of a bridge in Bechyně. It was finished 1928 and only then was the track extended to the town where a new railway station was built. However, these were not the only technical and operational peculiarities designed along the route. Because the Bechyně railway was intended to be a local one, various compromises on technical parameters were made (such as smaller diameter of curves, lighter tracks, terrain inclination up to 35%) which brought about the reduction of construction costs. The first train set off on the 24 km long journey to Bechyně on 1 June 1903.
Timetable from 16. 6. to 16. 9. 2018
The line is operational even these days; however, you can board on historical wagons just a couple of times throughout a year – e.g. in the summer season, and another very popular occasion comes on St. Nicholas Day.
Historical train BOBINKA
Every Saturday and Sunday at 9:06, 11:06, 13:06 and 15:06 from Tábor to Bechyně and at 10:03, 12:03, 14:03, 16:03 from Bechyně to Tábor.
Tickets - normal tariff of České dráhy company
Reservation - not necessary
Historical train ELINKA
- 16. and 30. 6.
- 5., 14. and 28. 7.
- 11. and 25. 8.
- 8., 15. and 16. 9.
- from Tábor to Bechyně at 9:39 and at 13:39 from Tábor
- from Bechyně to Tábor at 11:24 a 15:24 from Bechyně
Tickets: adults – one way: 200 CZK, children 6–15 years 100 CZK, children 0–5 years – free
Reservation: necessary - the place can be booked at any ČD cash desk, but not earlier than 60 days before the departure of your train
Due to failure of the electric car EM 400 Elinka, trips originally planned on 15 and 29 June, 5, 13, and 27 July, 10 and 24 August and 7, 14 and 15 September will only start after completion of repair (from the date of announcement).