Thu May 23rd, 2013 at 03:13:09 AM EST
I visited the Kismaros–Királyrét narrow-gauge railway again today [Monday 20 May]. I showed a diesel railcar in mid-April and a solar-powered railcar in early May, but today, the spectacle was steam traction.
The train is at capacity as it arrives in Morgó station. The blob on the lower left is a dog of the Puli breed who rushed out of a weekend home's garden to bark at the train.
The locomotive was 490 2004 "Morgó" (formerly CFF 764 375), a tender locomotive with wheel arrangement D (for Americans: 0-8-0T) built by Reica Works in Romania 60 years ago and brought here ten years ago.
Road crossing at Hártókút station. This railway used to be a
pioneers'children's railway, and the original station name was Krónikás (Chronicler), referring to a function in patrols (pioneers' units), which of course had to go in the post-1990 iconoclasm.
Between Szokolya and Paphegy, the valley bottom is wider.
Steam locos may be romantic, but let's not forget the biggest negative of regular steam traction: air pollution.
A diesel loco came from Paphegy with a single car (it would pick up three more for another full train on its return trip).
The same train on the edge of Szokolya.
40 minutes later, the returning steam train leaves Szokolya. The mountains in the distance are the highest peaks of the Börzsöny mountains and used to form the rim of the third and final central crater of a Mount-Vesuvius-size volcano active until 13.7 million years ago.
I close it with another view of the train and Szokolya.
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