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Locality:Hungary
Date:9/4/2014
Narrow Gauge Railways
Though there are many great places to visit by rail in Hungary, sometimes it is not about the destination, but the journey itself, and what better way to see the world than in good company from the seat of a not-too-fast moving train?

There are a great many tourist trains in Hungary. Most of these are narrow-gauge rail lines that originated for commercial use that has since declined. As recently as the 1950s, Hungary's hundreds of lines covered 4000km of the country. The narrow gauge (760mm distance between the two rails) was perfect for hauling goods, such as timber from mountain areas, because the trains tracks fitted through dense woodland areas or narrow mines and also construction costs were less than that of full size rail lines. In modern times 400km of rails are still in use, a total of 45 routes, of which 23 of these have been given a new lease of life as tourist attractions, carrying passengers* through areas of outstanding natural beauty. (source: narrowgauge.hu)
 
 

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