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Along the Vlara Railway

Bylnice / Railway nostalgia

The station in Bylnice serves as a marshalling yard; from here you can continue further in direction of the Vlara Pass (Vlarsky prusmyk) or take the railway line 283 to Vsetin. The line, called the President Masaryk Railway, was built between 1923 and 1928 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak Republic (1918). There are several interesting technical features (e.g. the almost 1km-long Navojna tunnel and several railway viaducts), which make this particular line interesting for railway fans.

In 1995, the Czech TV made a short documentary – From Vsetin to Bylnice in 20 minutes. Inspired by a historical film material from 1928, the crew hired a draisine (handcar) and followed the journey of the original filmmaker Karel Anton, offering a unique opportunity to see what the railway and the region looked like in 1927 and some 70 years on.

The Vlara and the President Masaryk Railways are often used for “nostalgic journeys” organized by Czech Railways – Ceske drahy (CD). The individual routes may very from year to year and can be usually found on the internet. Look for: CD Nostalgic journeys.

GPS position

N 49° 4.071', E 18° 0.839'



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