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Budapest Railway Oddities

At the time when this was written, the Children's Railway had no active steam. It was not until June 2019, that James finally got to see one of the locomotives at work.

 


James Waite visited Budapest in May 2006 and has sent these pictures, I (RD) have added a bit of text from the sources given below:

Castle Hill Funicular

The standard gauge (Buda) Castle Hill Funicular originally dates from 1870, it was destroyed in World War II and only reopened in 1986.

The funicular climbs up from the riverside near the Chain Bridge to Castle Hill, the ancient heart of Buda, the part of the city on the west or right bank of the Danube. It starts from Adam Clark Ter, named after the person who designed the road tunnel under Castle Hill and can be identified from afar by the huge ornamental tunnel mouth next to the station. It's open between 07.30 and 22.00 daily except for the first and third Mondays of the month when it's closed for maintenance. As can be seen from the pictures the views from the car over the Danube and over Pest to the east are spectacular. As with most funiculars travel in the lowest compartment of the car for the best view. Castle Hill has a wealth of interesting buildings and inexpensive eateries. It's also mostly pedestrianised, an oasis of peace and quiet after the frenetic levels of traffic and suicidal driving styles prevalent in the rest of the city.

Funimag - http://www.funimag.com/funimag05/BUDA.HTM

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Castle_Hill_Funicular

Cogwheel Tram No 60

Fogaskereku Vasut (Cogwheel Tram No 60) runs from Varosmajor to Szechenyi-hegy.  It's an electrified standard gauge Strub system (formerly Riggenbach) rack railway, it was heavily rebuilt around 1973 and it seems that it then lost a lot of its character - unfortunately it was very run down and the alternative was probably closure.

The rack railway is out to the west of the city. Varosmajor, the lower terminus, is easily reached by the number 56 tram which starts at Moskva Ter, something of a public transport hub in Buda and reached from the city centre by Metro line no. 2. The first of the pictures shows the train approaching the train from the depot immediately to the east. The other picture shows the train approaching Szechenyi-hegy station which is about 5 minutes' walk from the southern terminus of the children's railway - http://www.gyermekvasut.com/english.html (link broken by 29th October 2017). Note that the depot for the children's railway, where the steam locos are kept, is at Huvosvolgy at the other end of the line, 45 minutes' ride away. You can go straight there from Moskva Ter by staying on the no. 56 tram - but then you'd miss the rack railway! Alternatively, of course, you can make a triangular trip by going on the rack railway one way and on the no. 56 tram the other way along with a one-way trip on the children's railway.

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Cog-wheel_Railway

Report - http://hampage.hu/trams/thg2bp/route56.html (scroll down) and http://hampage.hu/trams/fogas/e_index.html (this is an interesting depot visit).


Rob Dickinson

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