Trip to Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia - March & April 2002

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Tuesday 19th March 2002

Timperley   17:09   SM tram 1011
Altrincham 17:13 17:24   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) 17:40 19:15 OS3478 Lauda Air OE-LRE Canadair Regional Jet
Vienna Airport (VIE) 22:40 22:50   Airport Bus
City Air Terminal 23:10      
Wien Mitte   23:13 'S1' ÖBB EMU 4020 041 set
Wien Nord 23:16      
New passenger track today: none.
Overnight at Hotel Ibis Wien Messe

Wednesday 20th March 2002

Wien Nord   07:21 'S1' ÖBB EMU 4020 053 + 061 sets
Wien Südbf 07:31 07:58 IC151 ÖBB EL 1044 036-0
via yard lines north of Bruck a d Mur, due to engineering works on main line
Speilfeld-Straß 11:09 11:14 4135 ÖBB DR 5047 046-7
Bad Radkersburg 11:54 12:08 4136 ÖBB DR 5047 046-7
Speilfeld-Straß 12:50 13:33 4166 ÖBB EL 1142 679-8
Graz Hbf 14:17 14:22 8573 GKE DMU VT70.11 + VT70.10
Wies-Eibiswald 15:40 16:00 8586 GKE DMU VT70.11 + VT70.10
* Deutschlandsberg       + GKE VT70.07 on front
Lieboch 17:00 17:01 8423 GKE DL 1500.5 P (2 double-deck coaches)
Köflach 17:26 17:35 8432 GKE DL 1500.5 (2 double-deck coaches)
Graz Hbf 18:27      
Jakominiplatz   20:01 '7' Graz tram 523
Roseggerhaus 20:07      
New passenger track today: Graz Hbf - Speilfeld-Straß - Bad Radkersburg, Graz Hbf - Lieboch - Wies-Eibiswald, Lieboch - Köflach
Overnight at Hotel Ibis Graz, outside station

Thursday 21st March 2002

Graz Hbf   08:39 4706 ÖBB DL 2143 062-4
Feldbach 09:35 09:40 8603 SLB ER ET.1
Bad Gleichenberg 10:15 10:25 8602 SLB ER ET.1 Photo available
Feldbach 11:00 11:11 4708 ÖBB DL 2143 057-4
Fehring 11:21 12:14 4715 ÖBB DL 2143 057-4
Gleisdorf 12:48 12:51 8651 ÖBB DR 5047 037-6
Weiz Stadt 13:13      
Weiz   13:30 - SLB DR 5047 401 + 402 + ÖBB DR 5047 037
Weiz Stadt 13:31 13:35 8654 ÖBB DR 5047 037 + SLB DR 5047 401 + 402
Gleisdorf 13:57 14:03 4717 ÖBB DL 2143 026-9 + 2143 027-7 on rear
Graz Hbf 14:36 14:48 IC518 ÖBB EMU 4010 018-2 set
via Bruck a d Mur avoiding line
Leoben Hbf 15:31 15:41 4219 ÖBB EMU 4030 244-2 set
via Leoben Hinterberg old route - St Michael (reverse)
Zeltweg 16:27 16:56 E1973 ÖBB EL 1142 569-1
Villach Hbf 19:30      
New passenger track today: Graz - Gleisdorf - Feldbach - Fehring, Feldbach - Bad Gleichenberg, Gleisdorf  - Weiz Stadt, Bruck a d Mur avoiding line, Leoben Hbf - Leoben Hinterberg old route - curve to St Michael station - curve towards Kraubath
Overnight at Hotel Goldenes Lamm, 5 minutes walk from station (3 nights)

Friday 22nd March 2002

Villach Hbf   07:09 E1911 ÖBB EL 1142 687-1
Klagenfurt Hbf 07:33 08:03 special ÖBB DR 5047 041-8
via Maria Saal - St Veit a d Glan - Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz - Brückl (09:04) - Wietersdorf km19.7 (rev 09:21/09:26) - Brückl (rev) - onto chemical works branch (rev) - Brückl (10:32/10:47) - Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz - St Veit a d Glan - into sidings north of Glandorf station (rev 11:13/11:17) - via curve - St Veit a d Glan Westbf - Feldkirchen im Kärnten - Villach Hbf Ost - goods line - Villach Westbf (rev 11:58/12:19) - via goods line - Gummern (rev 12:27/12:31) - via goods line - Villach Westbf - Fürnitz - Fürnitzer Schleife - Villach Süd Gvbf - Nordausfahrt - Villach Westbf (rev 13:01/13:06) - Faak am See (rev 13:22/13:32) - Gödersdorfer Schleife - Fürnitz - Fürnitzer Schleife - Villach Süd Gvbf - Südausfahrt - Fürnitz - Arnoldstein (rev 14:04/14:19) - Neuhauser Schleife - Villach Süd Gvbf - Ostausfahrt - Faak am See - Rosenbach (rev 14:55/15:02) to
Weizelsdorf 15:32 ? special DR
to Ferlach and museum line, and return
Weizelsdorf ? 17:07 special ÖBB DR 5047 041-8
Klagenfurt Hbf 17:20 17:26 EC190 ÖBB EL 1044 288-7
Villach Hbf 17:58      
New passenger track today: none.
Overnight at Hotel Goldenes Lamm

Saturday 23rd March 2002

Villach Hbf   07:09 E1911 ÖBB EL 1142 576-6 P
Klagenfurt Hbf 07:33 08:20 special ÖBB DR 5047 041-8
via Bleiburg (rev 09:12/09:26) - shunt to works (rev 09:36/09:37) - Bleiburg (09:46/10:09) - Wolfsberg (11:18/12:06) - Franstschach-St.Gertraud (12:11) - shunt with paperworks loco to paperworks branch - Franstschach-St.Gertraud (13:06) -Zeltweg (rev 14:01/14:10) - Pöls (14:31) - to paperworks sidings km7.6 (rev 14:38/14:43) - Pöls - Zeltweg (15:03) - shunt to VAE works gate (15:44/15:49) - shunt to Flugplatz gate (16:11/16:19) - Zeltweg (16:29) - Knittelfeld (16:35) - shunt to depot area for visit (16:44/17:15) - Knittelfeld (17:22/17:40) - Zeltweg - St Veit a d Glan (19:00)
Klagenfurt Hbf 19:17 19:28 D1128 DB EL 113 311-5
Villach Hbf 20:01      
New passenger track today: none.
Overnight at Hotel Goldenes Lamm

Sunday 24th March 2002

Villach Hbf   08:11 EC114 ÖBB EL 1116 011-6
* Spital-Millstättersee       + ÖBB EL 1044 063-4 on rear as banker
Salzburg Hbf 10:48 12:10 IC643 ÖBB EL 1044 026-1
via Lambach avoiding line (also noting new alignment almost ready for use at Haag)
Amstetten 14:14 14:21 3520 ÖBB EL 1141 010-7
Kleinreifling 15:24 16:18 3556 ÖBB EL 1141 010-7
Selzthal 17:39 17:43 IC611 ÖBB EMU 4010 025 + 027 sets dep 8 late
via Leoben new tunnel and Bruck a d Mur avoiding line
Graz Hbf 19:13     arr 6 late
New passenger track today: Waidhofen a d Ybbs - Kleinreifling, Selzthal - St Michael
Overnight at Hotel Ibis, Graz

Monday 25th March 2002

Graz Hbf   07:58 4014 ÖBB EL 1142 615-2
Peggau-Deutschfeistritz 08:16 08:18 8755 SLB EMU ES24 + ET14
Übelbach 08:38 08:44 8756 SLB EMU ET14 + ES24
Peggau-Deutschfeistritz 09:04 09:07 - ÖBB EL 1142 552-7
Graz Hbf 09:24 09:46 '3' Graz tram 533
Jakominiplatz 09:57 09:59 '3' Graz tram 609
Graz Hbf 10:11 10:38 IC151 ÖBB EL 1044 046-9
* Speilfeld-Straß       SŽ EL 362-026
Maribor 11:39 14:37 4004 SŽ DMU 814-021 + 813-021
Bleiburg 16:45 17:12 4011 SŽ DMU 813-021 + 814-021
Maribor 19:12      
New passenger track today: Speilfeld-Straß - Maribor, Maribor - Bleiburg
Overnight at Hotel Piramida, Maribor (5 minutes walk from station)

Tuesday 26th March 2002

Maribor   09:10 2907 SŽ EMU 315-004 + 311-002 + 315-003
Pragersko 09:30 09:47 IC247 SŽ DL 664-106
* Hodoš       MÁV DL M41 2210 delayed at Oriszentpéter crossing IC244
Zalalövő 11:49 12:25 39125 MÁV DR Bzmot 295 arr 18 late / dep 12 late
Körmend 13:00 13:21 9125 MÁV DR Bzmot 184 + 2T
Szombathely 13:58 14:33 9834 MÁV DR Bzmot 390 + 4T + Bzmot 277
* Vasvár       MÁV DR Bzmot 390 + 2T
Zalaszentiván 15:41 16:08 9856 MÁV DR Bzmot 274 + 1T
Nagykanizsa 17:10      
New passenger track today: Maribor - Pragersko - Hodoš - Zalalövő - Körmend, Szombathely - Zalaszentiván - Nagykanizsa
Overnight at Hotel Central, Nagykanizsa (15 minutes walk or bus ride from station) (two nights)

Wednesday 27th March 2002

Nagykanizsa   10:39 205 MÁV EL V43 1150
* Balatonszentgyőrgy       MÁV EL V63 018
Balatonfenyves 11:38      
Balatonfenyves GV   13:00 31844 MÁV DL 5727 + 1C dep 11 late
Somogyszentpál 13:52 13:55 31845 MÁV DL 5727 + 1C arr 8 late / dep 7 late Photo available
Balatonfenyves GV 14:47 16:00 31826 MÁV DL 5727 + 1C
via Táska (loco run-round, reverse)
Csiszta gyógyfürdő 17:36 17:40 31821 MÁV DL 5727 + 1C
via triangle avoiding Táska
Balatonfenyves GV 18:29      
Balatonfenyves   19:36 8506 MÁV EL V43 1060
Nagykanizsa 20:45      
New passenger track today: Nagykanizsa - Balatonfenyves, Balatonfenyves GV - Somogyszentpál, Központi főmajor - Táska elágazás - Táska - Csiszta gyógyfürdő  - Központi főmajor
Overnight at Hotel Central, Nagykanizsa

Thursday 28th March 2002

Nagykanizsa   10:58 8235 MÁV EL V43 1073
Gyékenyés 11:29 11:33 8914 MÁV DMU Btx001+ 3C + MDmot 3023
Barcs 12:35 14:00 38114 MÁV DR Bzmot 165
Sellye 15:25 15:50 38223 MÁV DR Bzmot 164
Szentlőrinc 16:20 16:50 8066 MÁV EL V43 1075 + 3C + DMU Btx018 + 3C + MDmot 3018
Pécs 17:13      
New passenger track today: Nagykanizsa - Gyékenyés - Barcs - Sellye - Szentlőrinc
Overnight at Hotel Pátria, Pécs (10 minutes walk from station) (two nights)

Friday 29th March 2002

Pécs   07:25 8067 MÁV EL V43 1058
Szentlőrinc 07:49 07:52 38222 MÁV DR Bzmot 166
Sellye 08:22 09:17 38112 MÁV DR Bzmot 199
Villány 11:40 12:05 30814 MÁV DR Bzmot 199
Mohács 12:35      
Mohács aut.   13:40 - Pannon Volán Rt. bus GSG-352
Bátaszék village 14:22      
Bátaszék   15:56 - MÁV DR Bzmot 185
shunt via east end of station layout (reverse)
Bátaszék 15:59 16:00 38053 MÁV DR Bzmot 185
Palotabozsok 16:50 16:55 38033 bus EKG-875
Pécsvárad 17:50 18:00 38011 MÁV DR Bzmot 187
Pécs 18:50      
New passenger track today: Sellye - Villány - Mohács, Bátaszék - Pécs-Külváros
Overnight at Hotel Pátria

Saturday 30th March 2002

Pécs   10:50 8112 HŽ DMU 7121-105 + 7121-106
Osijek 12:58 13:30 6013 HŽ DMU 7121-030 + 4121-030
Erdut 14:16 14:32 6014 HŽ DMU 4121-030 + 7121-030
Dalj 14:41 14:48 2903 HŽ DR 7221-009
Vinkovci 15:40 15:50 746 HŽ EL 1142-011
Strizivojna-Vrploje (photo) 16:11 16:30 6406 HŽ DMU 4121-019 + 7121-019
Osijek 17:24      
Kolodvor   17:30 '1' Osijek tram 6806
Trg Ante Starčevica 17:35 18:03 '2' Osijek tram 7217
east end 18:16 18:20 '2' Osijek tram 7217
west end 18:46 18:47 '2' Osijek tram 7217
Trg Ante Starčevica 19:00      
New passenger track today: Osijek - Dalj, Vinkovci - Strizivojna-Vrploje - Osijek
Overnight at Hotel Central, Osijek (in main square Trg Ante Starčevica, tram ride from station)

Sunday 31st March 2002

Trg Ante Starčevica   09:17 '1' Osijek tram 6808
Kolodvor 09:21      
Osijek   10:02 6012 HŽ DMU 7121-023 + 4121-023
Našice 11:10 11:15 6652 HŽ DMU 7121-019 + 4121-019
via Pleternica (reverse) (photo)
Velika 13:41 13:50 6606 HŽ DMU 7121-019 + 4121-019 (See ticket below)
Nova Kapela-Batrina 14:56 15:46 Ex414 HŽ EL 1142-013
Zagreb Gl. Kol. 17:41      
New passenger track today: Osijek - Našice - Pleternica - Velika, Pleternica - Nova Kapela-Batrina - Zagreb Gl. Kol.
Overnight at Hotel Central, Zagreb (outside station)

Monday 1st April 2002

Glavni Kolodvor   09:15 '2' Zagreb tram 326
Črnomerec 09:26 09:39 '11' Zagreb tram 169 + 617
Draškovičera 09:53 09:59 '14' Zagreb tram 477 + 884
Mihaljevac 10:09 10:12 '15' Zagreb tram 472
Dolje 10:18 10:22 '15' Zagreb tram 472
Mihaljevac 10:28 10:35 '14' Zagreb tram 401 + 846
Zapruđe 11:12 11:28 '6' Zagreb tram 404 + 816
Glavni Kolodvor 11:44      
Zagreb Gl. Kol.   13:05 IC290 HŽ EL 1142-013
* Dobova       SŽ EL 342-022
via Ljubljana then via Škofja Loka station
* Jesenice       ÖBB EL 1110 505-3
Villach Hbf 17:58      
New passenger track today: Zagreb Gl. Kol. - Dobova - Ljubljana - Kranj
Overnight at Hotel City, Villach (outside station)

Tuesday 2nd April 2002

Villach Hbf   08:22 IC534 ÖBB EL 1044 257-2
Wien Südbf 13:01 13:37 'S7' ÖBB EMU 4020 024 set
via main line to north of Kledering station, then west side line of Zvbf to Zvbf Ost
Groß Schwechat 13:54 14:12 'S7' ÖBB EMU 4020 080 set
via Zvbf Ost then via west side lne of Zvbf all the way to Simmering Ostbahn station
Wien Südbf 14:31 14:37 'S7' ÖBB EMU 4020 080 set
via main line to south of Kledering station, then west side line of Zvbf to Zvbf Ost
Wien Schwechat Flughafen 15:02      
Vienna Airport (VIE)   17:20 OS3477 Lauda Air OE-LRH Canadair Regional Jet
Manchester Airport (MAN) 18:50 18:55   Taxi
Timperley 19:04      
New passenger track today: none

Tickets used: 4-day Euro Domino for Austria, otherwise single journey tickets throughout.

Notes about tickets

Some of the tickets purchased in Hungary and Croatia were of the "Edmondson" type, that is pieces of card with the ticket details pre-printed on them. These are getting very rare now with the installation of computer-based ticket issuing machines all over Europe. Probably the most interesting ticket purchased was this one bought for the journey from Velika to Nova Kapela: note the old price of 605 Croatian Dinars, overwritten by hand with the new price (about HRK19, I'm not sure).

It is worth noting that whilst travelling within these countries can be quite cheap (on several days I only spent the equivalent of about GBP4 in train fares), cross-border travel can be expensive due to the fixed per-km rate of CIV fares. The worst example of this was when I wanted to buy a return ticket from Maribor to Bleiburg: the fare quoted was over SIT5500 - about GBP15. I saved a lot of money by buying single tickets between Maribor and Holmec (the border station in Slovenia) and back, and just buying the cross-border ticket locally.

However many pairs of countries have "cheap deals" where the cost is very much reduced. For example, Pécs to Osijek was HUF1350 - about GBP2.50 - for a return ticket over a similar distance to Maribor - Bleiburg. This is advertised as a 65% reduction; details can be found in both the Hungarian and Croatian timetables.

Copyright Š 2002, 2007, 2011 Paul Steane.