The Slovak missile returned to Prague after dozens. Driving in a unique historic car will surprise the contemporary
And yet no one will call him anything other than Slovenská strela, the official designation is “Motor car M 290.0”. It first appeared on the Czechoslovak Railways 85 years ago, when it was used for fast transport across the then republic.
“The reconstruction itself took over two years, but another six months for a permanent test drive,” performs Jiří Střecha, an expert on historic railway vehicles and the guarantor of the Slovenská strely restaurant, at Prague’s main railway station. During the test runs, the brakes and drive, ie the engine and transmission system, were tuned.
These key components also remained original on the train. The power unit consists of Tatra six-cylinder petrol engines with an output of 121 kW, thanks to which the train, in its heyday, started up to 130 hours per hour. The power unit also includes an electric motor, which helps the train to start.
The electromechanical power transmission was a patent of the Vsetín designer Josef Sousedík. But the unique solution was also one of the biggest challenges in repairing a car that had been dilapidated until recently.
“Throughout the reconstruction, I remained optimistic, but it was with the Neighbor’s system that I was worried about how it would be reconstructed. It was never used again and there was no one alive who knew it from the construction site, “for now, Roof.
Thus, the preserved schemes were used during the renovation, the entire process of dismantling the system must be described in detail at the same time so that it is possible to put the restored parts back together.
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At the same time, the neighbor’s system had great potential at the time. It was to be used in the successor of Slovenská strela, three-car sets, which were also designed for long-distance routes. However, its commissioning did not take place in the end, production ceased with the events of 1948 and the planned train was, like the second exception of the Slovak missile scrapped.
The reason was a change in the orientation of Czech industry, which had to leave room