trains in 20th Century Europe
Balt Orient route to 1939
With the elevation of Praha to the capital city of the new state of Czechoslovakia in 1918, this route increased in importance. Berlin’s route to Praha varied only in Germany after 1918 -
From Praha two principal routes connected it to Wien-
After 1920, for the first time, through trains ran between Praha and Budapest via Břeclav. Hitherto, eastern destinations from Praha were served through Wien often with a change of train.
With the new Czech-
There was another alternative for the Berlin-
Balt Orient route 1946-
The period immediately after 1945 saw a slow resumption of services. Firstly boundaries in Central Europe were reset to the way they had existed pre-
Meanwhile, Berlin had been reconnected with Budapest and Beograd four times weekly on 1 August 1946. A further service from Berlin to Praha commenced 14 July 1947. A service linking Praha with Budapest and Beograd was started in 1946 running four times weekly.
The flagship service on this route was the Baltic, later the Balt Orient Express which linked Scandinvaia with the Soviet bloc states from Berlin to Bucureşti. This is described separately.
Balt Orient route 1989 on
The political changes after 1989 affected the route and started to change its traffic patterns. The independence of Slovakia in 1993 meant that Bratislava became a capital city for the second time and the Praha-
A combination of rationalisation and new borders brought frontier crossings down to two by 1950 -
B2: Balt Orient routes
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