|M41 (418 313) arrives into Kelenfold with a train from |
Tapolca to Budapest Deli
Flew from Stanstead to Budapest on the 11:55 Ryanair flight- once again no issues with Ryanair what so ever. Landed to find that it was, as expected, hot. Took the bus to Kobanya Kispest to pick up the Metro to Budapest Nuygati the closest stop for the hotel for the next few days. We were not sure at the time if the 7 day transport ticket was valid on local MAV trains (it is), and anyway, it was nice to see the Soviet metro cars on line 2.
|M61 006 is stabled at Kelenfold|
On another note- the current construction work seems to have added extra masts in the view of the freight lines and the station generally seemed less photogenic than in the pictures I had researched!
|The first of many thosand- M62 001 pauses at Szolnok|
|432 293 on a push-pull set at Budapest Nyugati|
With some uncertainty about freight levels west of Budapest as we were not sure if the line between Gyor and Budapest had re-opened at Komarom from flood damage [it hadn't] we decided to do our long excursion out east towards Debrecen.
|DB Schenker 0496 106-6 passes through Szolnok|
On arrival at Szolnok DB Schenker loco 0469 106-6 instantly appeared with a tank train.
Fortunately most of the interest here could be covered from under the canopy at the station- it was far too hot to be standing on the ends of platforms and running around. This was the hottest day of the trip with the mercury hitting 35 degrees!
|Romanian 477 753 heads towards Budapest from Szolnok|
A couple more freights appeared under Taurus locos or V63's to break up the procession of V43's on passenger. This seems to be the furthest reaches of the push-pull sets from Budapest with conventional trains continuing through.
Before moving on we sighted probably our star loco of the entire trip with M62 001 appearing light from the east. Despite the heat this was one thing worth running for- shots were achieved before the loco went off onto the depot.
431 138 was our power on to Debrecen- This was not an IC, therefore not requiring reservation and having the delights of opening windows. The train was hot, but not noticeably any more uncomfortable than the air conditioned IC.
|418 303 with a short train at Puspokladany|
|Original condition 418 133 at Debrecen|
|Cab car 114 is pushed into Dombotstanya by 418 188|
|A very clean looking M62 628 163 arrives into Debrecen|
431 219 powered us back to Budapest in warm air con stock. Excellent... my 3rd trip behind a V43 and I've already got a dud!!!
|628 324 is a pleasing sight as it rolls into Debrecen with a freight train|
|MAV's 431 135 meets ZSSK 350 008 at Budapest Keleti|
A reasonably early start to get over to Budapest Keleti in time to see the Romanian class 477 leave with the morning train to Bucharest- 477 742 doing the hours. Plenty of activity at Keleti (and more would have been covered had it not already been too hot to think about running around!) including ZSSK class 350's, OBB Taurus on Railjet as well as MAV V43's, Traxx and Taurus locos. Plenty of 448 and 460 on shunting duties.
|Rare traction indeed- 460 053 works the 10:05 to Kelebia|
|M40 locomotive stabled at Ferencveros|
|628 330 appears at Szekesfehervar with a dead V63 and train|
|418 333 detaches from a Tapolca - Budapest train|
|628 316 is put away into the depot at Szekesfehervar.|
We bailed at Kelenfold as the light looked nice, and more importantly ANOTHER M61 had appeared in the shape of M61 019. We had seen this together with 006 earlier in the day when we passed- both on construction trains. While the light was still good we were treated to CFR 40 0017 leading a freight with 0609-003 tucked inside.
|240-088-5 is passed as we head back to Budapest- |
well it is almost a working 'Laminatka'.
While waiting for a train back into Keleti a red loco was spotted in the distance... to my great surprise this turned out to be M61 017 which headed through the station towards Budapest Keleti with one coach in fine style! Less than 5 minutes later M61 020 appeared heading light in the opposite direction. 3 NoHAB's (two moving) in a matter of minutes- lovely!!
|M61 020 makes a surprise appearance at Kelenfold|
|40 0017 pulls a freight into Kelenfold|
|470 010 waits at Tatabanya- temporarily the end of the line|
|418 197 departs Gyor Gyarvaros|
|628 331 rounds the corner with a diverted freight|
|418 305 pauses at Gyorszabadhegy|
Feeling slightly drained with that disaster so took 418 305 on the 16:40 Gyor- Celldomolk to Gyorszabadhegy to pick up what must have been a late running 15:56 Bakonyszentlaszlo- Gyor with 418 197 which put up a spirited performance. I was expecting the 16:08 Celldomolk- Gyor to turn up first with 418 318 + 202 which had gone south on Gysev stock earlier- I've no idea what happened to these.
|Gysev 'Ludmilla' 92 530 651 004 departs Csorna|
Having spoken to the British crowd on the platform at Gyor we knew that the 92 530 651-004 was on the 'other' diagram which meant I couldn't have a ride. It was photographed leaving Csorna on the 18:07 to Szombathely. 430 321 was then taken back to Gyor where we re-met the other British group for the bus to Tatabanya. 1116 213 was the final winner for the day on the Railjet back to Budapest Keleti. The bus added a good hour to the journey so it wasn't an early night.
|M61 017 waits to begin the tour from Budapest Nyugati|
Today was to be a little less hectic than those previously- a full day and night on board MAV Noztalgia's 'Midsummer Night Dream Express' railtour.
|A pair of ex-british class 86's (now working for FLOYD |
are passed in the yard at Hegyshalom
The accommodation we had chosen was 6 berth couchette- though in reality there were only 4 of us in the compartment which made things much more comfortable.
|M61 017 has reached Durnstein in Austria|
|Steam loco 109.13 heads along the Danube valley|
This was a fantastic tour with a top engine, good quality rolling stock and a run very competently by MAV Noztalgia- as an aside for many miles of NoHAB haulage the price was a bargain at approximately £55 in a couchette.
|M61 017 waits to head back to Budapest from Spitz an der Donau|
|Mk45 2004 in action on the Budapest 'Children's Railway'|
The last day of the trip started early with our pre-7am arrival back into Nyugati. In the morning we headed to the Children's Railway where Mk45- 2003, 2004 and 2006 were in service. Following this I took some time out for a bit of sightseeing.
My final loco of the trip was to be 432 184 to Ferihegy (Budapest Airport) from Nyugati.
I spent about an hour here which included two freights (630 031 and class 1116 011 Taurus).
Flew home with BA to London Heathrow on the 18:55 flight.
|630 031 leads a freight train through Ferihegy|
My first time in Hungary and as far as I am concerned a very successful trip. I managed to see virtually all that I had intended and the number of M62 hauled freights was certainly pleasing. There is plenty of M41 passenger action to be had across the country and these locomotives are fairly rateable- particularly those in original condition. The weather throughout the trip was hot and sunny- really quite a bit too hot making railway activities somewhat uncomfortable- the virtually unbroken sun did at least make up for this photographically. Levels of freight seen generally were disappointing- how much of this was due to the main route between Budapest and Gyor being closed I do not know but there was certainly a significant impact.
Travel for the week was with an Interrail pass with a 7 day Budapest transport ticket for local transport.
We did encounter problems with photography at several locations (though others were no problem at all!). Nobody was unfriendly but we were asked more than once to produce a photo permit which we did not have. It may be worth others considering a photography holiday to Hungary to obtaina permit before leaving home.