This outing on the children’s railway was memorable, both from its concept of school kids managing the ‘business’ but also the very scenic journey up the Buda Hills.
We took Tram 4 to Moszkva ter and then walked the short distance to the start of the Cogwheel Railway (Tram 60) opposite the cylindrical multi-story Budapest Hotel. This chugged and rattled its way to the end of the line, from where it was a short walk to Szechenyi-hegi, the beginning of the Children’s Railway. The tickets were sold, checked, train waved on, etc by school kids.
The trip on the single track to the last station of Huvosvolgy took about 40 minutes. It stopped at most stations along the way, sometimes pulling in for a few minutes to let an opposite train pass. At one of the stops a group of school children with teachers got on and packed out the train. It is extremely quiet and peaceful countryside. One of the ‘conductors’ had good English and he chatted to some of the tourists. He said he plays the violin at school and tours with the youth orchestra.
At the end we walked the impressive art-deco stairway to the nearby ornate bus station. The stairway has paintings at each stage.
We took Tram 61 back to the terminus, which was a lovely return journey through the wooded Buda Hills and Huvos Valley.
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