Iron Monument Club Plzeň
Iron Monument Club Plzeň
Iron Monument Club (IMC) Plzeň is a basic organization of the Czech
Association of Monuments Protectors. IMC Plzeň associates persons interested
in technical monuments and history of the railways. The unofficial
activities of these people have started in the first half of the 80s. During
its existence, the IMC found and saved a number of the steam
locomotives, historical coaches and wagons and stationary steam engines.
The collection of the IMC today consists of these exhibits:
Steam locomotive for fast trains class 475.111, built by Škoda Works
Plzeň in 1947. The locomotive is in operational state. The engine is
used for the special trains in the co-operation with the Czech Railways.
Industrial steam locomotive class CS 400, built by ČKD Praha in 1956.
Locomotive is in non-operational state but visually repaired. The
locomotive represents the IMC in the traffic exposition of the Pilsner
Urquell Beerworld in the brewery of Plzeň.
Tank locomotive class 433.025, built by ČKD Praha in 1948, unable to
operate. The IMC would like to make general overhaul of the locomotive
and put it to the operational state.
Steam locomotive for freight trains class 556.0210, built by Škoda Plzeň
in 1953, unable to operate. The locomotive waits for the overhaul in the
Motor coach class M 133.005, built by Škoda Plzeň in 1943, the wood
gas was used as a fuel. Only carbody with the chassis, but very
Four two-axle coaches class Ci from the years 1910 – 1925. The coaches
are waiting for the overhaul.
8 four-axle fast train coaches class Bam from 50s of 20-th century.
Today in non-operational state. The IMC plans to make historical
train-set from these coaches for the use with the locomotive 475.111.
Two-axle train crew wagon (caboose) class Dd from the 20s of the 20-th
century in non-operational state.
Two-axle train crew wagon class Dsd from the 40s of the 20-th century in
Two-axle post wagon class Fk from the 30s of the 20-th century in
Four-axle fast train coaches class Ca from beginning of the 20-th
Two stationary steam engines, which were used in the distillery.
Two stationary steam engines for the water pumps drives of the railway
waterworks. The engine from the waterwork Staňkov is donated to
Eco-technical museum Praha. Together with the steam boiler and the water
pump equipment they are placed in the public exposition in Praha
Bubeneč. The engine and steam boiler from the waterwork Pocinovice are
installed in the Museum of the Škoda Works Plzeň (Techmania).
The IMC activities club lead up to continuous extension of the collection.
The IMC Plzeň together with the ŠKODA Bus Club Plzeň own the historical
luxury bus Škoda 706 RTO Lux built in 1961.
The IMC organizes special nostalgic trains for the open public in the whole
region of the West Bohemia.
These movements are very popular and they have their good traditions. IMC
co-operates with other clubs in Czech Republic and abroad, too.
The organization of rail-fan meetings is the next activitiy of the IMC
Plzeň, as well as editing of postcards, posters and other propagation
The Museum of the Škoda Works Plzeň (Techmania) and the Railway Museum in
Lužná are partners of the IMC. The main point of the co-operation is the
mutual guidance in the array of historical railway vehicles and steam
In April 2006, historical expert division of CS IMC was established. The
main goal of this division is to organize social events focused on
discovering the history and contemporary of railway traffic and railway
lines, their documentation and creating the touristic museum railway line at
Soos-Kateřina in Cheb district (West Bohemia).
The target of the IMC is the saving and presentation of the historical
railway monuments, enlargement of the number of vehicles in operational
state and their using for public. Repairing, service and operation of the
historical exhibits are not possible without the financial provision.