An eighteen-car train from Prague will head to Banat again, and Kladenská dopravní a strojní will arrive on the way
This year, the train will untraditionally depart from Holešovice, stopping in the Czech Republic only in Brno-Králové Pole.
After a one-year break, one of the longest trains on the Czech Railways will set off again. On August 17, a special train for the participants of the Banat Festival will depart from Prague to Oršava, Romania. It should have up to 18 cars. As before its organization, Kladenská provides transport and machinery (KDS) for the festival organizers. Capacity will be around 1200 passengers.
According to KDS executive Romana Šauerová, it should be a similar composition of cars as two years ago: it will be a mix of KDS cars, Czech Railways and ČD Cargo accommodation cars. “It is currently being decided whether there will be seventeen or eighteen,“Help Shauer.
Due to the closures on the corridor, the train will depart from Prague – Holešovice this year, stopping in Brno only in Králové Pole and then only in Romania. The Siemens Vectron locomotive should pull the train to the Hungarian-Romanian border, in Hungary it will be the MÁV-Start carrier, in Romania the CFR.
From Oršava, the last fifty following will be surpassed by local buses and boats across the famous Danube Strait of Cazanele. The half-kilometer-long train will carry 1,200 passengers across four states for fifteen hours, and already during the 1,100 km long journey, the first concerts of the bands that decide to support this project will take place on board the express.
Support of the Czech community in the area
An extraordinary connection takes passengers to the Banát Festival, which is to support the Czech community in this area. At the foot of the Transylvanian Carpathians, over a thousand people live in six Czech villages in the Banat region, who left here around 1823 from the then Austrian monarchy. Thanks to complete isolation and linguistic and cultural identity, Czech compatriots have retained a unique community in hard-to-reach wildlife for several reasons above the Danube. For the tenth time, the main part of the cultural festival, which is traditionally produced by fans from the Czech Republic, is operating in one of the Czech villages, Eibentál.
In 2020, the organizers hastily moved the festival to the Rychlebské Mountains, where the ninth year of this event took place around the repaired Dance Hall in Račí údolí. This year, however, the festival traditionally returns to its place, ie to the Czech region in Romania, and in addition to Serbia. The main part of the festival will take place in the Czech village of Eibentál. The program will be complemented by Friday’s “Hellenic Night” in the village of Svatá Helena and in the Serbian expatriate village of Česko Selo, where a competition in cooking traditional paprika goulash will take place, which takes place on the Saturday before the festival.
“This year’s preparations were by far the most difficult for us, we went through a very difficult period, when we first canceled last year and then moved the completely prepared event to the Czech Republic and now we have to deal with many financial difficulties that we have left after the last wild year. With our banana project, which includes a festival of key events, we have suffered a significant loss, and for the next two years, our goal is to restore the entire project so that we can further develop,”It introduces the organizational difficulties Štěpán Slaný, the main organizer.
The organizers hope that the epidemiological rules must not change and due to the large number of people in the area and the high vaccination coverage in Romania.