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Hungary

MÁV (Magyar Államvasutak, Hungarian State Railways) operate most passenger train services in Hungary. In the west of the country, some lines are owned and operated by Györ-Sopron-Ebenfurti Vasút (GySEV)/Raab-Oedenburg-Ebenfurter Eisenbahn (ROeEE), an interesting company largely owned jointly by the Austrian and Hungarian governments - for more information see GySEV's own web site. There are still a small number of forestry railways operated by ÁEV (Állami Erdei Vasutak, State Forestry Railways).

Relevant trip reports: March 2002 - April 2002 - September 2002 - October 2002 - July 2003 - September 2011 - May 2012.

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Believe it or not, this train belongs to Hungarian National Railways (MÁV)! This is the 13:55 departure from Somosgyszentpal to Balatonfenyves GV on 27 March 2002, with locomotive 5727 hauling one coach. This is one of the lines of the Balatonfenyvesi gazdasagi vasut (Balatonfenyves Farm Railway) and was built in the mid 1950s at 760mm gauge. Under threat of closure for some time, most of the Balatonfenyves system closed at the end of August 2002, leaving just the section between Balatonfenyves and Pálmajor, some 4km short of Somosgyszentpal, with a seasonal service.
Photograph taken on 27/03/2002 at 14:01
M62 517, one of MÁV's M62s fitted with broad (1520mm) gauge bogies, is seen at Eperjeske (Záhony) on 30 April 2002. The locomotive is pulling a train through the ore transfer plant where loaded broad gauge wagons are emptied for later loading into standard (1435mm) gauge wagons.
Photograph taken on 30/04/2002 at 10:09
Fully restored in original livery, and ready to work an enthusiast's charter train, M62 001 stands at Szolnok depot on 6 September 2002. From 1965 onwards nearly 2500 locomotives of this and similar types were built at Lugansk, now in Ukraine, for Hungary, Poland, the former Czechoslovakia and the former German Democratic Republic. There have been widespread withdrawals from service in recent years, and the type only sees significant usage in Hungary on freight trains. Many more were built for the former Soviet Union's home market, including double versions.
Photograph taken on 06/09/2002 at 08:55
ÁEV (Állami Erdei Vasutak - Hungarian State Forestry Railways) locomotive C50-409 stands with one coach at the end of the line at Marki erdö, the extreme south-eastern end of the Csömödér Forestry Railway, on 11 October 2002. This was a special charter working, organised by Gisbert Siede of Germany, for nearly 30 enthusiasts from around Europe. In three days the special covered all of the available track on the Csömödér and Lenti systems, the largest of the remaining operational Hungarian forestry railways at about 106km route length.
Photograph taken on 11/10/2002 at 14:13
The old and the new - two nearly-new Class 1047 locomotives flank one somewhat older Class V43 locomotive in the stabling sidings at Sopron station on 14 October 2002. Whilst the V43 can only operate on 25kV 50Hz supply, the 1047s can also operate on the Austrian 15kV 16.7Hz system and are intended for use on cross-border services. These locos are operated by GySEV/ROeEE. MÁV also has some 1047s, which are similar to the Austrian Class 1116.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2002 at 16:38
On Thursday 17 July 2003, ÁEV (State Forestry Railways) locomotive MK48.410 hauls a single coach through the village of Fütőház on the line from Lajosháza to Gyöngyös. This was a charter train organised by Jörg Hänsel of Germany: this route normally only sees services on summer weekends.
Photograph taken on 17/07/2003 at 13:13
MÁV diesel railbus Bzmot 374 at the branch terminus of Körösnagyharsány, in eastern Hungary. This route closed to passengers on 12 December 2009.
Photograph taken on 03/09/2006 at 15:03
On this date, the overhead power was isolated in parts of Debrecen station for maintenance. Electric trains were coasting to a halt with pantograph down. At departure time the station pilot - in this case diesel locomotive M44 435 - then pushed the train out of the station to where the wires were live. This happened several times in the half hour or so I was waiting for my train.
Photograph taken on 28/09/2011 at 11:02
ŽSSK (Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko) dual voltage (3kV dc and 25kV 50Hz) electric locomotive 350 018-8 has arrived at Budapest Keleti pu with train EC275 from Praha.
Photograph taken on 20/05/2012 at 16:41
A view of the tram terminus outside the railway station Kelenföld in Budapest.
Photograph taken on 20/05/2012 at 18:49
Co-Co electric locomotive 91 55 0602 001-4 arrives at Budapest-Kelenföld. A former Romanian State Railways class 40, this has been rebuilt and is now operated by open access freight operator MMV (Magyar Magánvasút Zrt.).
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 12:25
Highlight of this trip was an authorised ride on a freight train from Budapest-Kelenföld to Hegyeshalom hauled by two of the former British Rail class 86 locomotives. Train 47382, seen here looped at Nagyszentjános, was running from Dunaújváros (south of Budapest) to Pont-a-Mousson in France, carrying Coke for use in the steel production process. The gross train load was 1451 tonnes. Seen here are 91 55 0450 001-7 and 91 55 0450 004-1, formerly 86248 and 86218 respectively. Four of these locomotives are already in service with Floyd Zrt., an open access freight train operator; one more is in Hungary being prepared for use and at least one more is undergoing overhaul in the UK.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 15:24
One of the more obvious modifications to these former British locomotives are the pick-up loops, seen here mounted under the front buffer beam, for EVM (Elektronikus Vonatmegállító), the Hungarian train control system.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 16:14
At Lébény-Mosonszentmiklós train 47382 was looped for several trains to pass, including this local passenger service from Győr to Hegyeshalom.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 16:31
Looped again at Mosonmagyaróvár, train 47382 had to wait for several other freight trains to clear the yard at Hegyeshalom before proceeding. ÖBB 1116 014 went before us, but not until another 1116 had cleared the line going the other way.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 17:23
Finally..... train 47382 first in line at Mosonmagyaróvár.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 17:40
ÖBB railjet locomotive 1116 219 at Hegyeshalom forming train railjet 67 from Münich Hbf to Budapest keleti pu.
Photograph taken on 21/05/2012 at 18:54
Királyéti Erdei Vasút (KEV) is a 760mm gauge former forestry railway, now preserved, about an hour out of Budapest. It is very easy to get to as the KEV and MÁV stations at Kismaros are only a few minutes' walk apart. Mk48 2031 is about to work train 6304, the 12:00 departure to Királjét. The main line can be seen in the background, passing over the road.
Photograph taken on 22/05/2012 at 11:52
Mk48 2031 at Királjét.
Photograph taken on 22/05/2012 at 12:26
KEV diesel railbus M06-401 was used for the return journey from Királjét to Kismaros.
Photograph taken on 22/05/2012 at 12:33
Diesel railbus M06-401 at Kismaros.
Photograph taken on 22/05/2012 at 13:05
MÁV electric locomotives 432 257 and 432 243 stand just outside the impressive roof at Budapest Nyugati pu.
Photograph taken on 22/05/2012 at 14:57
Day 1 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 92 55 0659 001-5, the former British Class 56 56101, at Budapest Keleti station.
Photograph taken on 13/10/2012 at 07:26
Day 1 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 659 001 near Öskü.
Photograph taken on 13/10/2012 at 10:29
Day 1 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 659 001 at the end of the freight line beyond Győr-Gönyű Kikötő.
Photograph taken on 13/10/2012 at 14:07
Day 1 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 659 001 at Győr-Gönyű Kikötő, on a freight-only line a little way east of Győr.
Photograph taken on 13/10/2012 at 14:30
Day 1 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 659 001 at Börgönd, which still has a fine array of semaphore signals.
Photograph taken on 13/10/2012 at 17:37
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 91 55 0450 005-8, the former British Class 86 86215, stands at Budapest Keleti station ready to work the charter train towards Eger. NOHAB 92 55 0459 021-5 (former Danish State Railways MY1125) is dead-in-train.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 07:11
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 450 005 at Füzesabony.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 08:55
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 450 005 and 459 021 at Eger-Felnémet, the limit of electrification on the line north from Eger.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 09:48
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 459 021 at Eger-Felnémet.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 10:09
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. Taken from the remains of the castle walls at Eger, 459 021 is seen at Egervár, with 450 005 bringing up the rear.
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 10:40
Day 2 of Mercia Charters' "The Pre-Emptive Strike" railtour. 450 002 at Eger. The smoke is coming from the restaurant car.....
Photograph taken on 14/10/2012 at 10:58

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