Trip to Slovakia - October 1999

including Hungary, and travel via Austria

The main Slovakian parts of this trip were organised by GIL Incentive- und Bildungsreisen, Odenwaldstraße 68, D-69124 Heidelberg, Germany ('phone +49 6221 374069) with the help of České Dráhy - Cestovní Kancelář, Hybernská 5, 1100 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic ('phone +420 2 2421 9805); many thanks are due them and their staff for an excellent weekend.

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Thursday 30th September 1999

Timperley   17:22   Metrolink tram 1024
Altrincham 17:26 17:40   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 17:52 19:05 NG9229 Lauda Air (Canadair Regional Jet) OE-LRG
Wien Airport (VIE) 22:35      
Overnight at Novotel Vienna Airport
New track today: none.

Friday 1st October 1999

Airport   05:32   Taxi
Bruck an der Leitha 05:47 06:10 7601 ÖBB EMU 4020 085 set
Bratislava-Petržalka 06:46 07:05 special ŽSR DR 810 438-2
Via Bratislava-Ústredná nákladná stanica - Bratislava-Nové Mesto - Bratislava predmestie (reverse 07:31/07:40) - Bratislava filiálka (reverse 07:50/08:02) - Bratislava predmestie - Odbočka Močiar - Bratislava-Vajnory (reverse 08:25/08:29) - Odbočka Močiar - Odbočka Vinohrady - Bratislava východ vch. sk. (north side) - Bratislava-Vajnory (reverse 08:46/08:50) - Bratislava východ vch. sk. (north side) - Bratislava-Rača (reverse 08:58/09:11) - Bratislava východ vch. sk. (south side) (reverse 09:19/09:25) - Odbočka Vinohrady - Bratislava hlavná stanica (09:35/09:45) - Devínská Nová Ves - Devinské Jazero - Stupava (reverse 10:20/10:40) - Devinské Jazero - Devínská Nová Ves
Bratislava hlavná stanica 11:18 11:50 607 ŽSR EL 363 144-7
Nové mesto nad Vahom 13:02 13:05 special ŽSR DR 810 392-1 departed 8 late
Via stavědlo 4 - Čachtice (reverse, waiting for crossing and passing moves 13:20/13:31) - stavědlo 4 - south curve to stavědlo 3 - Piešťany - Vrbové (reverse 14:10/14:16) - Piešťany (reverse 14:35/14:37) - Leopoldov (reverse 14:55/15:05) - Zbehy - Lužianky - Zlaté Moravce - Topoľčianky (reverse 16:40/16:47) - Zlaté Moravce - Lužianky
Nitra 18:20      
Razc. Želežnicná Stanica   18:36 '2' SAD Nitra bus NRA 32-44
Hotel Nitra 18:48      
overnight at Hotel Nitra
New track today: Parndorf - Bratislava-Petržalka, Bratislava-Nové Mesto - Bratislava predmestie, Bratislava filiálka - Bratislava predmestie - Odbočka Močiar - Bratislava-Vajnory, Odbočka Močiar - Odbočka Vinohrady - Bratislava východ vch. sk. - Bratislava-Vajnory, Bratislava východ vch. sk. - Bratislava-Rača, Bratislava východ vch. sk. - Odbočka Vinohrady, Devinské Jazero - Stupava, Nové mesto nad Vahom stavědlo 4 - stavědlo 3, Piešťany - Vrbové, Lužianky - Zlaté Moravce - Topoľčianky

Saturday 2nd October 1999

Hotel Nitra   07:30 '2' SAD Nitra bus NRA 27-50
Razc. Želežnicná Stanica 07:40      
Nitra   07:56 5304 ŽSR DR 810 581-9
Zbehy 08:15 08:19 721 ŽSR DL 750 107-5
Prievidza 09:53 10:00 special ŽSR DR 810 626-2
Via stavědlo 3 (at east end of triangle, reverse 10:06/10:09) - Prievidza nákladná stanica (at south-west end of triangle, reverse 10:12/10:17) - onto private colliery/power station system - Baňa Cigeľ (mine, reverse 10:33/10:47) - "BMaE" (reverse 11:00/11:05) - Baňa Lehota (stocking site, reverse 11:10/11:17) - Baňa Nováky (mine) - Elektráreň Nováky (power station) - Zemianske Kostoľany (reverse in station platforms 11:49/12:14) - Baňa Cigeľ (reverse 12:42/12:43) - Prievidza nákladná stanica (reverse 12:58/13:12)
Prievidza 13:16 13:30 5511 ŽSR DR 810 647-8 + T + 810 625-4
Nitrianske Pravno 13:48 14:15 5510 ŽSR DR 810 625-4 + T + 810 647-8
Horná Štubňa 15:25 15:34 7504 ŽSR DL 750 058-0
Martin 16:16 16:28 special ŽSR DR 811 025-6
Via Odbočka Priekopa - Vrútky stavědlo 1 (reverse on main line 16:40/16:41) - into loop alongside Vrútky railway museum for visit (16:39/17:15) - Vrútky - Odbočka Potok - flyover line - via Žilina-Teplička yard lines - flyover line - Odbočka Váh - Žilina (17:43/17:48) - Odbočka Budatin (at north-west end of triangle, reverse 17:50/17:51) - Žilina zriaďovacia stanica (reverse 17:55/18:03)
Žilina 18:08 18:40 611 ŽSR EL 363 144-7
Poprad-Tatry 20:45      
overnight at Hotel Poprad (10 minutes walk from station)
New track today: Zbehy - Jelšovce - Prievidza, Prievidza - Nitrianske Pravno, Prievidza - Horná Štubňa, Odbočka Priekopa - Vrútky stavědlo 1, Odbočka Budatin - Žilina zriaďovacia stanica

Sunday 3rd October 1999

Poprad-Tatry   07:52 8307 ŽSR DR 810 158-6 + T + 810 671-8
Plaveč 09:20 09:22 special ŽSR DR 810 158-6
Via Odbočka Plaveč (reverse 09:26/09:29) - Plaveč avoiding line - Orlov (reverse 09:31/09:32)
Plaveč 09:36 09:47 8308 ŽSR DR 810 671-8 + T + 810 158-6
Kežmarok 11:02 11:07 special ŽSR DL 731 052-7 (attached due to gradient) + DR 810 158-6
Via Spišská Belá horné nádražie (reverse 11:33/11:47) - waited just short of junction with main line 12:00/12:12 due to diversion of train 421 via Kežmaraok & Plaveč away from Spišsá Nová Ves route due to a bomb scare - Kežmarok (detach DL 12:22/12:29) - Poprad-Tatry (pass 12:46) - into depot adjacent to TEŽ depot
Rušňové depo Poprad 12:55 13:15 special ŽSR EMU 420 951-6 (TEŽ, metre gauge)
Via depot connecting line - reversal at high level junction 13:19/13:20
Poprad-Tatry TEŽ 13:25 13:40 special SAD bus
Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa 14:30 14:48 7456 ŽSR DL 731 036-0 + T
Červená Skala 15:14 15:24 7426 ŽSR DR 811 017-3
Brezno 16:17 16:25 7693 ŽSR DR 811 016-5
Tisovec 17:39 18:10 7643 ŽSR DR 811 006-6
Rimavská Sobota 19:03 19:10 special SAD bus
Hotel Reduta, Lučenec 19:50      
overnight at Hotel Reduta, Lučenec ("Best Western", 1km from station)
New track today: Plaveč avoiding line, Spišská Belá horné nádražie branch, Poprad TEŽ depot connection to TEŽ main line

Monday 4th October 1999

Hotel Reduta, Lučenec   06:50 special SAD bus
Fiľiakovo 07:20 07:30 special ŽSR DR 810 610-6
Via Výhybna Urbánka (reverse 07:39/07:40) - via non-passenger curve direct to Fiľiakovo Stavědlo 3 - Prša (cross train 07:48/07:58) - Holiša (cross train 08:03/08:08) - Lučenec (reverse 08:13/08:46) - border at km100.728 with Hungary 09:00 - Ipolytarnóc 08:53 - Nógrádszakál 09:28 - border at km2.442 with Slovakia 09:38 - Bušince 09:41 - Malé Straciny 09:53/10:07 - Veľky Krtíš 10:19(passport control) - to end of line - depart 10:54 - Malé Straciny 11:01/11:11
Nógrádszakál 11:30 12:01 33545 MÁV Bzmot 151 departed 8 minutes early - see note below
Balassagyarmat 12:45 12:53 33505 MÁV Bzmot 313 + 2T + 342 departed 12 minutes early
Aszod 14:06 14:15   reverse - departed 10 minutes early
Budapest-Keleti pu 15:00     arrive 12 minutes early - note all this early running reportedly due to engineering works at Aszod
Baross Tér   15:41 '73-76' BKV trolleybus 952
Podmanicky Utca 15:56     walked last 400m due to traffic jam!
Bupapest-Nyugati pu   16:30 234 MÁV EL V63 042 via Štúrovo
Bratislava hlavná stanica 19:20      
Hlavna Stanica   19:22 '208' DPHB trolleybus 6229
Autobusovy Stanica 19:36 20:30   bus BA 271 AT - long delays at Austrian border
Wien Schwechat Flughafen 21:40     arrived 33 minutes late

Overnight at Novotel Vienna Airport

New track today: Fiľiakovo - Výhybna Urbánka - Lučenec; Lučenec - Nógrádszakál - Veľky Krtíš; Nógrádszakál - Balassagyarmat - Aszod - Budapest-Keleti pu; Bupapest-Nyugati pu - Sturovo - Nové Zámky; Galanta - Bratislava-Vajnory; Odbočka Močiar - Bratislava hlavná stanica.

Tuesday 5th October 1999

Wien Airport (VIE)   07:05 NG9226 Lauda Air (Canadair Regional Jet) OE-LRB
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 2 08:35      
Manchester Airport   08:55   NWT DMU 156 455
Manchester Piccadilly 09:10 09:22   Metrolink tram 1023
Timperley 09:45      
New track today: none.

Tickets used: Group Travel + individual tickets + one day of Euro Domino ticket for Slovakia remaining from September.

Copyright © 1999, 2011 Paul Steane.

This page last updated on 23 October 2011 at 16:10.