Tour Date: 2 to 10/11 May, 2022Location: Hungary

On this year’s Hungary enthusiasts railtour we again visit rare lines, use unusual locomotives and travel in vintage stock provided by MÁV Nosztalgia, with on-train catering.

To avoid any long days, we have now extended the special train to be over 7 days (plus an 8th day which is optional).

Availability

Tour Highlights


  • Private charter train with vintage carriages
  • On-train restaurant car
  • Popular locomotives
  • Border crossings
  • Some non-passenger lines
  • Good hotels
  • Four nights in Debrecen
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
  • Booking
  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1 Monday 2 May, 2022

There are expected to be lots of direct flights to choose from. Heathrow, London City, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh to Budapest, Hungary’s capital city alongside along the Blue Danube. Treat yourself to an all you can eat meal and music on board a riverboat or ride the elaborate tram network in town. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 2 (B) Tuesday 3 May

After breakfast, we have coach transfer to Kőbánya-teher to join our special trains.

Kőbánya teher -. Csömör – Kistarcsa – Cinkota – Gödöllő – Kisterenye – Kál-Kápolna – Eger – Szilvásvárad – OMYA iparvágány – Eger

Kőbánya teher – Gödöllő: MÁV-HÉV M44

Gödöllő – Kisterenye: MÁV Rail Tours M40 219

Kisterenye – Füzesabony: Kárpát Vasút 439 015 or suitable locomotive

Füzesabony – Szilvásvárad – OMYA – Eger: MMV M44

Remarks: The Szilvásvárad or OMYA branches may have to be done the next morning depending on available paths, TBA

Night in Eger (bus transfer to hotel)

Day 3 (B) Wednesday 4 May

Eger – Debrecen – Nagykereki – Debrecen

Eger – Debrecen: Kárpát Vasút 628 168 (or Akiem BB36000 if line via Hortobágy is still closed)

Debrecen – Nagykereki – Debrecen: MÁV-Start M44 + MÁV-Start M41 in top and tail formation

Night in Debrecen (use tram to reach hotel)

Day 4 (B) Thursday 5 May

Debrecen – Létavértes – Debrecen – Tiszalök* – Vásárosnamény – Záhony – Debrecen

Debrecen – Létavértes – Debrecen: BoBo M44 + MÁV-Start M44 in top and tail formation

Debrecen – Tiszalök – Vásárosnamény: BoBo M44 (as above)

Vásárosnamény – Záhony – Nyíregyháza: MÁV-Start 408 302

Nyíregyháza – Debrecen: MÁV-Start 630

* If line via Tiszalök not passable, we will do main line Debrece-Nyíregyháza

Night in Debrecen (use tram to reach hotel)

Day 5 (B) Friday 6 May

Debrecen – Eperjeske rendező – Mátészalka – Csenger – Tiborszállás – Carei – Nyírábrány – Debrecen

Debrecen – Eperjeske rendező: MÁV-Start 628 127

Eperjeske rendező – Mátészalka: MÁV-Start 408 303

Mátészalka – Csenger – Carei: MÁV-Start M41

Carei – Nyírábrány: suitable CFR locomotive

Nyírábrány – Debrecen: FoxRail Sulzer locomotive

Night in Debrecen (use tram to reach hotel)

Day 6 (B) Saturday 7 May

Debrecen – Valea lui Mihai – Săcueni – Șărmășag – Jibou – Cluj Napoca

Debrecen – Nyírábrány: Petrolsped or Komplex Rail Class 740/742 diesel locomotive, TBA

Nyírábrány – Cluj Napoca: CFR Class 60/62 locomotive

Night in Cluj (bus transfer to hotel)

Day 7 (B) Sunday 8 May

Cluj Napoca – Oradea – Săcueni – Oradea suitable CFR Class 60/62 locomotive

Night in Oradea (bus transfer to hotel)

Day 8 (B) Monday 9 May

Oradea – Salonta – Kötegyán – Vésztő – Püspökladány – Bimex freight spur – Szeghalom – Gyoma – Szolnok yards – Budapest-Keleti

Oradea – Salonta: suitable CFR locomotive

Salonta – Kötegyán – Szeghalom – Püspökladány: MÁV-Start 478 1200

Püspökladány – Bimex – Szeghalom – Gyoma – Budapest-Keleti: Komplex Rail 618 629 (ex-NSB Di3 629)

Night in Budapest (use metro M4 for one stop or walk to hotel)

Day 9 (B) Tuesday 10 May

Fly home today or stay on for the additional day. This day has been added to cover some lines missed on our October 2019 trip.

Budapest-Keleti – Almásfüzitő, MOL freight spur (if permitted) – Csorna – Pápa – Tapolca – Zalahaláp freight spur – Tapolca – Budapest-Keleti

Budapest-Keleti – Csorna: MTMG 648 101 ‘Ludmilla’

Csorna – Pápa: MÁV-Start 438 201 or 438 202

Pápa – Zalahaláp – Tapolca: suitable MÁV-Start locomotive

Tapolca – Budapest-Keleti: suitable route and locomotive

Night in Budapest (use metro M4 for one stop or walk to hotel)

Highlights: use of ex-DB Ludmilla; covering unit only and freight branches; visit to the Almásfüzitő MOL freight spur (to be confirmed); final night in Hungary’s capital. This day is designed to cover two lines missed on our October 2019 tour with a special, discounted pricing.

Traction

MTMG 648 101 (ex-DB 232 055) Budapest-Keleti – Csorna

MÁV-Start 438.200 or 478 (modernised M43/M47) Csorna – Pápa – Tapolca – Zalahaláp – Tapolca

Available loco Tapolca – Budapest*

*exact route to be decided by MÁV Nosztalgia

Day 10 (B) Wednesday 11 May

Road transfers to the airport for those returning to the UK.

Place(s) available

Holiday Prices (per person) – based on a minimum of 60 participants

  • Flight price confirmed at time of booking: allow £140-£250 including luggage
  • Special trains only: £1,675 for the full seven days (3-9 May) or £290 for individual days
  • £150 for 10 May train, or £75 if you travelled on the October 2019 tour
  • 8-night hotel and transfer package: £325 (twin/double), £450 (single)
  • extra night in hotel on 9 August: £42 (twin/double), £70 (single)

Deposit

  • £500 with flights included
  • £300 if joining in Budapest

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