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Horse-drawn Railway

Horse-drawn railway, remains of tracks in Holkova u Velešína

nám. J. V. Kamarýta 76
38232 Velešín
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Location: Region of Český Krumlov
Type: Nature, technical, military monuments

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The main reason for the building of the railway from Linz to České Budějovice was the transport of salt from Salzburg to Bohemia. The salt was transported from long ago on the Travna and Dunaj rivers to Linz, where it was transferred to teams of horses, to take it across the Šumava ridges to České Budějovice and to the Vltava river.

Remains of the horse-team route :
Holkov (no. 8) horse exchange
Holkov (no. 20) - former carriage-house
embankment with stone bridge

Basic technical and historical information :

Length: 120 km
Gauge: 1106 mm
Initiation of the operation: České Budějovice – Kerschbaum September 30, 1828
Kerschbaum – Linec June 1, 1830
Initiation of steam power operation: September 1, 1872

Accessibility by road:
Autobus: Český Krumlov, Zubčice, Markvartice, Velešín