We are on The Children’s Railway located in the Buda Hills in Budapest Hungary. This footage is filmed in April whilst on a long Easter weekend brake visiting the city of Budapest. The Children’s Railway or Gyermekvasút as it is called in Hungarian is one of Budapest’s Top attractions or at last one of the must sees.
The Children´s Railway (Gyermekvasut), built after World War II, is a real life railroad complete with real trains and passengers, run by children between 10 and 14 years old under the supervision of adults. The adults maintain and drive the train engines while the children control the traffic and commercial services on this Budapest train line.
A Children’s Railway is an extracurricular educational activity (much like scouts or cadets) where teenagers learn various railroad jobs or professions. This activity for the teens and youth was developed in the USSR particularly in Soviet times. The first Children´s Railway opened in 1932 in Gorky Park, Moscow. When the Soviet Union broke up there where still 52 Children´s Railways in the country.
Many Children´s Railways in post Soviet countries like the one shown in the footage still exist today and are operational train lines. Children’s railways built in the communist block have a track gauge of at least 600 mm. These train tracks can carry full size narrow gauge rolling stock.
The Budapest Children´s Railway services are operated every day from May to August, and from Tuesday to Sunday the rest of the year.
All train stations along the route of the Children’s Railway are popular spots for recreation. Csillebérc, is where the Challangeland zip-line is located; Normafa is known for its beautiful scenery; János Hill, the highest peak in Budapest; Vadaspark, where there is a zoo; and Hüvösvölgy, the site of a popular restaurant…
Wiki writes about Budapest, “Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces life from Roman times onwards. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views…”
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