Vehicle of many contradictions. Popular and cursed at the same time. Vehicle of many nicknames such as “Skleník” (Greenhouse – windows everywhere), “Autobus” (Bus – the front of the body and side windows resemble Karosa Š11 buses, have the same LIAZ engine and Praga transmission), “Kufr” (Suitcase – for its shape), “RegioMouse” (name from Czech Railways), “Šukafon”, and so on…
We cannot deny it one thing, however – as a successor of “Hurvínek”, which was produced after the war, it dominated local train lines. The home of “Orchestrion” is the Vagónka Studénka plant, which made the first prototype in 1970. Between 1973–1984, the plant sent a respectable total of 680 vehicles to local train lines.
What did the passengers appreciate? Automatically closing doors. What did the driver appreciate? A driver’s station separated from the passenger compartment by a wall.
One of its disadvantages was the water-cooled diesel engine, which was of course a problem in the cold. It had to be either under a roof or heated. It had and will always have a lot of pros and cons. A lot of fans and naysayers. We are rooting for it and that is why it has its place with us.
Classic postcard. Train motif on one side, space for text on the other.
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