Enthusiast

Hungary for More

17 to 22 May 2018
Hungary

After our very successful tours of Hungary in 2013, 2015 and 2017, we return in 2018 to sample more of the indigenous locomotive classes of the country and to travel on rare or freight only lines. All of which is on our own private charter train. We plan to use two rare border crossings into Croatia. There really is something for everybody on this trip, a wide range of rare and interesting locos, including GM diesels, rare freight only lines, photographic opportunities, depot visit, and great scenery.

Operated by MÁV Nosztalgia for PTG, the stock of our train will be the same as in 2017: one first class open car with tables; one air-conditioned restaurant car with a full dining service, bottled craft beers and also beer on tap; one saloon car with sleeping cabins for train crew and one open car at the rear that has only small tables and allows better access to the window.

Tour Manager: Ferenc

Itinerary

Thursday 17 May  Flight departures from the UK direct from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Bristol (Tue/Thu/Sat), Glasgow (Tue/Thu/Sat), Birmingham (Tue/Thu/Sat), East Midlands (Mon/Wed/Fri), Liverpool (Tue/Thu/Sat) and Manchester (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun) to Budapest, Hungary’s capital city. This is a bustling metropolis at any time of the year and there are too many sights to list them all. The riverside on both the east and west banks of the Danube are listed by Unesco as a World Heritage, including the view of Buda castle district. A second World Heritage site is Andrássy avenue that runs above the first electric underground line of the World, opened in 1896. Budapest boasts several thermal baths, seven food market halls, four metro lines and an amazing system of trams. The city also has three big railway termini. If you book your hotel through PTG, you will be based close to Keleti station where the tour will depart from and return to on the days when we stay the night in this amazing city.

Tourists from all over the World enjoy the hundreds of restaurants and nightlife, and several craft beer bars are also located in the city. The Danube carries river freight from Rotterdam to the Black Sea and cruise line boats also dock in the city which has also many festivals and museums to choose from. You can ride along the Danube on tram lines 2 or 17, take the cog wheel railway to see the Children’s Railway or ride the underground line to Heroe’s Square (Hősök tere) where the Millenium monument is located. The Houses of Parliament now have a visitor’s centre. This neo-gothic style building was modelled in style on Westminster. Szent István basilica, named after the first king of Hungary (St. Stephen, crowned on Christmas Day in the year 1000), is the second largest in Hungary, only topped by that in Esztergom.

Friday 18 May (B) Today we visit the largest refinery in Hungary where no passenger train is known to have travelled before. We then continue along main and secondary main lines (including a couple of hours without electrification) and along three tunnels to Pécs, the most Mediterranean city of Hungary with Unesco World Heritage sites. En-route, we use some of the curves at Dombóvár where we also requested to visit the depot.

Kárpát Vasút Szergei 628 168: Budapest -Keleti – Székesfehérvár – Szabadbattyán (reverse) – Börgönd – Pusztaszabolcs – Dunai Finomító – „DUFI” refinery visit (industrial loco?, reverse) – Dunai Finomító – Pusztaszabolcs – Sárbogárd – Rétszilas – Szekszárd – Bátaszék (reverse) – Dombóvár-alsó (reverse) – Dombóvár (depot visit, reverse)

MÁV-START Gigant Class 630 electric: Dombóvár – Szentlőrinc – Pécs

Saturday 19 May (B) Our Saturday is designed to utilise two border crossings between Hungary and Croatia that currently see no passenger services. Within Croatia, we requested to use a Class 2062 diesel locomotive. We return to Hungary via a secondary main line, meaning we travel for 90% of the day on unelectrified sections. Our plan is to use the sole remaining Ludmilla (ex-DB Class 232 locomotive) remaining in Hungary back to Pécs in the afternoon. Time allowing, we will visit the small depot here.

private ex-CFR Sulzer or other suitable loco: Pécs – Magyarbóly (H)

HZ 2062: Magyarbóly (H) – Beli Manastir (HR) – Osijek – Koprivniza – Varazdin – Cakovec – Kotoriba (HR) – Murakeresztúr (H) (reverse)

GySEV 651 002 (ex DB 232 543) or suitable loco: Murakeresztúr – Gyékényes – Barcs – Szentlőrinc – Pécs

Sunday 20 May (B) We retrace our steps from Friday as far as Bátaszék, doing different curves at Dombóvár. The remainder of the trip to Kiskőrös will see us crossing the Danube and visiting the port branch at Baja, then a rare hauled train across the plains. From Kiskőrös we will be in the hands of DB Cargo for our visit ont he freight-only Kalocsa branch and we plan to visit the vegetable oil factory at Foktő, where a freight spur can be found thaht opened only 5 years ago. Back on the main line, we will use the last servicable MDmot power car for the trip back to Budapest along the Budapest–Kelebia line, to be modernised in a few years from a Chinese bank loan.

private ex-CFR Sulzer or other suitable loco: Pécs – Szentlőrinc – Dombóvár-alsó (reverse) – Bátaszék – Baja (reverse) – Danube port branch (reverse) – Kiskunhalas – Kiskőrös (reverse)

DB Cargo ex-DB 290: Kiskőrös – Kalocsa – Foktő vegetable oil factory (reverse) – Kalocsa – Kiskőrös

MÁV-Nosztalgia MDmot: Kiskőrös – Kunszentmiklós-Tass – Budapest-Keleti

Monday 21 May (B) Today is Pentacost Monday and we will travel on a slightly different route than on Friday as far as Pusztaszabolcs, as the main line via Százhalombatta is planned to be blocked for rebuilding in May 2018. We now change direction to Dunaújváros, where we cover the system of the vast Dunaferr steel works with a local industrial locomotive. We then continue south to Részilas and change ends for the trip to Székesfehérvár, using a Hungarian-built shunting locomotive all the way from Budapest (with a Ganz engine) from Kárpát Railway (or NOHAB 459 022 ex Danish DSB MY 1156, if available). After a depot visit, we depart north on more diesel lines and behind more private railway operated diesel locomotives. From Komárom, we return to Budapest via the main line where diesel hauled passenger trains are very rare.

MÁV-START Szergei 628 001: Budapest-Keleti  – Budapest-Ferencváros yards (reverse) – Kelenföld – Székesfehérvár (reverse) – Börgönd – Pusztaszabolcs (reverse) – Dunaújváros – „Dunaferr” steel mill visit (industrial loco) – Mezőfalva – Rétszilas (reverse) – Sárbogárd – Börgönd – Székesfehérvár (depot visit)

private ex-CSD Class 740/742 or ex-CFR Class 60 diesel: Székesfehérvár – Komárom (reverse) – Tatabánya – Kelenföld – Budapest-Keleti

Tuesday 22 May (B) Road transfers to the airport for those returning to the UK.

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  • Full 6 day holiday including flight from most UK airports staying at the standard hotels: £1,120
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  • Full 6 day holiday joining in Budapest and staying in the standard hotels: £920
  • Special trains only: £180 per day (£720 for the full 4 days)

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  • Private charter train
  • Unusual locomotives
  • Non-passenger lines
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