The BVmot (at the end of the train – initially designed for interurban intercity trains) and BVhmot (at the front – meant to be the successor of loco-hauled commuter trains) classes could have been a new beginning for the Hungarian rail vehicle production after the regime change. Both equipped with identical, back then ultramodern computer-directed electronic systems which allow EMU’s from different classes to work together (as pictured), they set a new standard for Hungarian rail vehicle designers. However, immature technology and the lack of money in the mid ‘90s continuously led to breakdowns. Despite the fresh new design and the modern technology, BVmots and BVhmots are rather unreliable. Today, the last operational BVmot and BVhmot is working long-haul passenger trains on the line Budapest-Kelebia, travelling at a mind-blowing speed of 80 km/h…
One of the very last Ganz EMUs in the Budapest area
An unknown Laminátka working the R Sitno near Beša
It is always a pleasure when British railfans come to visit Hungary. They tend to visit interesting places with their special trains, sometimes hauled by locos that usually do not work passenger trains. With focus on private operator Floyd's ex British Rail locomotives, they travelled across Hungary in early July 2015, visiting lines with no regular passenger operations. In this picture, the special train rolls on the abandoned line 77 (Vácrátót-Galgamácsa), which has been out of service since 2007.
Sadly, the locomotive suffered critical damage in an accident last autumn near Nyúl, in which the engineer passed away.
Special train of British railfans on the abandoned line 77
630.048 vacating at Nagymaros
480.007 "II. Rákóczi Ferenc" working an IC bound for Budapest
628.265 vacating at Rákos
Beautifully refurbished M62 working a rapid train to Tapolca
ČD 380.009 working the detoured EC Varsovia