Road and rail transport

Droga Sudecka and "The Turn of Death"

At midday on 17th October 1937 in the presence of authorities from the Lower Silesia, a section of a road between Szklarska Poręba and Świeradów was opened. It was only a part of a big transport investment plan that was called Droga Sudecka. The plan was to start the road in Zittau, then it would go through Świeradów and Szklarska Poręba at the base of the Karkonosze Mountains and then along the next mountain ranges up to the Czech Opava...

Tanvald – Kořenov – Harrachov, Kořenov Rack-Railway Museum

The Tanvald Railway Trust (Železniční společnost o. p. s. Tanvald) operates a permanent exhibition in the Kořenov railway station, which documents one of the most interesting routes in the entire Czech Republic. The section between Tanvald and Kořenov is unique to Czech railways. The line climbs a gradient of up to 58 ‰ and some sections of the line are equipped with Abton rack rails. Rack railways are impressive technical railway achievements both in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in the world. They are built to allow trains to operate on steep gradients...

The 1st motorway, Cheb-Liberec-Görlitz

The origins of motorway construction here are generally linked to the end of the Sixties. The fact is, however, that we began building motorways before the Second World War, the second country in the world to do so. The idea of building a motorway to link the country from west to east appeared in 1935 with the Pilsen-Košice national road project and designs for the Cheb-Košice central road. But, in the autumn of 1938, the First Czechoslovak Republic was living the last few days of its existence...