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May 2-10, 2022


The Hungary Vampire


On this year’s Hungary enthusiasts railtour we again visit rare lines, use unusual locomotives and travel in vintage stock provided by MÁV Nosztalgia, with two ex-ÖBB first class open carriages, one at each end of the train. A restaurant car and former governmental saloon No. 55, offering a big central table, will be situated in the middle of the train.


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Day 1 Monday Aug 2:

Arrival in Budapest, Hungary’s capital city alongside along the Blue Danube. Transfer yourself to our hotel and check-in. Rest of the evening on your own to relax.


Day 2 Tuesday Aug 3: (B)

After breakfast we have coach transfer to Kőbánya-teher to join our special trains. Our route is Kőbánya-teher – Csömör – Gödöllő – Hatvan – Kisterenye – Kál-Kápolna – Füzesabony – Eger. One of the highlights today is travel on the closed Kisterenye – Kál-Kápolna line we also hope to use two private rail operator locos, diesel haulage on normally electric lines, and night in one of Hungary’s best known wine regions with lots of wine cellars.


Motive Power used today

MÁV-HÉV M44 Kőbánya-teher – Csömör – Gödöllő (in MÁV-HÉV heritage carriages) 

MÁV Nosztalgia M40 219 Gödöllő – Kisterenye

MÁV Nosztalgia M32 2055 or Kárpát 439 015 (modernised M43) Kisterenye – Kál-Kápolna

Kárpát 628 178 or MÁV-Start 628 (M62) Kál-Kápolna – Eger


Day 3 Wednesday Aug 4: (B)

Today’s route is Eger – Füzesabony – Ohat-Pusztakócs – Tiszalök – Nyíregyháza – Nagykálló – Nyíradony – Debrecen. Highlights include – use of private railway locomotives; traveling on two closed lines (Ohat-Pusztakócs – Tiszalök and Nagykálló – Nyíradony); travelling diesel hauled under the wires Eger – Füzesabony; travelling through Hungary’s first national park of the great plains (Hortobágy) and a night in Hungary’s second largest city.


Motive Power used today:

Kárpát 628 178 or MÁV-Start 628 (M62) Eger – Óhat-Pusztakócs 

MÁV M32 Óhat-Pusztakócs  – Tiszalök – Nyíregyháza – Nagykálló – Nyíradony – Debrecen


Day 4 Thursday Aug 5: (B)

Debrecen – Létavértes – Sáránd – Nagykereki – Debrecen – Tiszalök – Nyíregyháza –Vásárosnamény – Záhony – Debrecen. Highlights: use of diesel locomotives normally working freights only; traveling on the closed Sáránd–Létavértes line; hauled train on unit only lines (Debrecen – Nagykereki, Tiszalök – Görögszállás, Nyíregyháza – Vásárosnamény); use of rare 6-axle electric locomotive; another night in Hungary’s second largest city


Movtive Power used today

2 x MÁV-Start 448 (M44.4)* or private locos Debrecen – Létavértes – Sáránd, then, Sáránd – Nagykereki – Debrecen

MÁV-Start 408.300 (M40.3) Debrecen – Tiszalök – Nyíregyháza – Vásárosnamény – Záhony

MÁV-Start 630 (V63) Záhony – Debrecen


Day 5 Friday Aug 6: (B)

Route: Debrecen – Tuzsér – Komoró – Vásárosnamény – Mátészalka – Csenger – Mátészalka – Carei – Debrecen. Highlights:use of rare Class M62 diesel locomotive; first use of Class M41 hauled train on unit only lines (Mátészalka – Csenger, Mátészalka – Carei);  use of standard-gauge freight-only lines in the Záhony trans-shipment area; interlaced track Tuzsér – Eperjeske-rendező (used broad-gauge here in 2017; Eperjeske-rendező – Komoró . passing through two border crossings between Hungary and Romania; a third night in Hungary’s second largest city.


Motive Power used today

MÁV-Start 628 (M62) Debrecen – Tuzsér – Eperjeske-rendező

MÁV-Start 418 (M41) Eperjeske-rendező – Mátészalka – Csenger – Carei

CFR 80 * Carei – Nyírábrány

MÁV-Start 418 (M41) same as above – Nyírábrány – Debrecen


Day 6 Saturday Aug 7: (B)

Route: Debrecen – Valea lui Mihai – Săcueni –  Șărmășag – Jibou – Cluj-Napoca – Oradea. Highlights: use of rare private diesel locomotive in Hungary; use of Sulzer and General Motors powered locos in Romania; use of unit-only line Săcueni – Șărmășag; beautiful scenery in the Mures valley (Cluj-Napoca to Oradea); Night in Oradea in Romania.


Motive Power used today:

Private Sulzer diesel loco Debrecen – Nyírábrány

CFR 60 (requested) Nyírábrány – Șărmășag 

CFR 65 modernised Class 60 (requested) Șărmășag – Jibou – Cluj-Napoca

CFR 62 (requested) Cluj-Napoca – Oradea


Day 7 Sunday Aug 8: (B)

Route: Oradea – Salonta – Kötegyán – Vésztő – Szeghalom – Pöspökladány – Szeghalom – Gyoma –Szolnok – Budapest-Keleti with visit to a freight spur along the way (to be confirmed) or visit to Ferencváros depot. Highlights: use of Sulzer powered locomotive in Romania; passing through the border between Romania and Hungary; use of rare/preserved locomotives in Hungary; hauled train on unit-only lines (Salonta – Püspökladány and Szeghalom – Gyoma) visit to a freight spur or Ferencváros depot (to be confirmed); final night in Hungary’s capital.


Motive Power used today:

CFR 60/62 (requested) Oradea – Salonta

MÁV-Start 478 (modernised M47) Salonta – Püspökladány – Gyoma

Komplex Rail ex-NSB Di3 629 or MÁV 618 017 (M61 017) Gyoma – Ferencváros

MÁV Nosztalgia V42 527 Ferencváros – Budapest-Keleti


In Romania, Romanian railways may opt to provide a different type of locomotive, based on availability


Day 8 Monday Aug 9: (B)

Route: Budapest-Keleti – Csorna – Pápa – Tapolca – Zalahaláp freight spur – Tapolca – Budapest. Highlights: use of ex-DB Ludmilla; covering unit only and freight branches; visit to the Almásfüzitő MOL freight spur (to be confirmed); final night in Hungary’s capital.



MTMG 648 101 (ex-DB 232 055) Budapest-Keleti – Csorna

MÁV-Start 438.200 or 478 (modernised M43/M47) Csorna – Pápa – Tapolca – Zalahaláp – Tapolca


Day 9 Tuesday August 10: (B)

After Breakfast end of tour.


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all prices per person









* 8 meals

* Good hotels

* Fully Escorted

* Border crossings

* Popular locomotives

* On-train restaurant car

* Some non-passenger lines

* Private charter train with vintage carriages


The Hungary Vampire
The Hungary Vampire
The Hungary Vampire


Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.