Budapest Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút)

26 July, 2009

Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút)

From the Cogwheel Railway stop at Szechenyi-hegy (last stop), you can take a 5-minute walk to the Children’s Railway. Follow the crowd if you are not sure. 🙂

Group of teenagers reporting for work at the Children’s Railway?  No.  Just a school excursion.

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Budapest

Children aged 10 to 14 control the traffic and commercial services provided but strictly according to regulations of any other railway line of the State Railways of Hungary (MÁV Zrt).

The engines are driven by adult engineers, and children on duty, are continuously supervised by adult railway employees.  Apart from that, children do their jobs, operate the switches and signals, print tickets and keep passengers informed, on their own.  To save time waiting, do check the Gyermekvasut website for train timetables .

Being detained at the Children’s Railway for not buying tickets or 2 very overage tourists trying to join the Children’s Railway or.. u decide…
Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Child at Work

BKV tickets are not valid here.  It cost 450 HUF to go to János-hegy station where we will alight for according to Lonely Planet Budapest “a more interesting way down from the hills – the chairlift (libego)”

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Ticket Office

Boarding the train to Janos-hegy; there happened to be a kindergarten excursion which took up a section of the train.

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Train

The kids were supposed to sit in the open section but the weather was too cold -> ended up shifting to the covered section of the train; they are sort of the VIPs of this ride – only after they had settled down, then can the adult passengers take their place which left us with only the open train section exposing us to the cold… but the views are better 🙂

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Passengers Staff

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Passengers

Staff at each railway station waving us off:

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Station Staff

Ticket please… Conductors on the train.

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Conductor

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Train Conductor

A ride on the Children’s Railway

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Train Interior

Gyermekvasut Children's Railway Train Line

Check out this video on the Children’s Railway:

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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