Skoda S190E


I was hoping to see this new loco before leaving Czech Republic; sadly it was not to be. However, I happily read that the first demo unit has been shown to the public and was exhibited at Innotrans 2008, held in Berlin. Whilst there have been arguments as to whether or not this was a huge waste of money, the fact that it was devloped and built by Skoda in Plzen demonstrates their tradition of building locos is still going strong and, hopefully, they will be able to compete with the German, French and other loco offerings. I wish them luck, seeing Skoda built locos going past the apartment in Prague every day for two years you develop a soft spot for them (especially the double decker City Elefants).