Having failed miserably to plan much for the end of the year but with leave to burn, word of a tour using SIX Hungarian M61s for a dayout was too tempting once I’d made the fatal mistake of even taking a look at covering it. With short notice and the need avoid the worse of the pre-Christmas flight ching it just happened that the Sunday Stansted-Ljubljana was available without breaking the bank – oh well I know how to get from there to Budapest!
My luck was well in with 664116 doing the honors on the Citadella and I really hope I can get back before the wires – now looking as good as complete – are energized. Late Spring/Summer 2016 seems to be the claim, but will it really take them that long?
A winter Tuesday (still in thick fog!) probably isn’t the ideal time for a tour to Tapolca, but (big thanks to Ferenc for sorting tickets out) with no fewer than six – six – M61s on the front it was enjoyable if plain silly.
So that left just one more move, 431 271 taking me to Ferihegy for the flight home. My 284th winner of 2015 over nine trips abroad, here’s to many more in 2016 and a big thanks to everyone who has made this an excellent year.
Part 2: Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria
A much needed full week away! There will be a couple of parts to this as I managed to take quite a few photos, by my standards anyway, and as we did a whistlestop tour there is enough variety to (hopefully) keep it interesting.
So having crossed the Danube at Komarno – Komaron, we were in Hungary for until Monday afternoon, when the tension was mounting as a V43 whisked us east towards Hodos. The week basically hinged on this – we were looking for a possible last blast on the Citadella but with two ‘Tony’ 2016 silent junk out and about, would we be bowled? No, 664106! They even found a 363 to work forward, Thanks Very Much SZ! We then pottered around Croatia on 2044s for a couple of days before going for a three-legged 664 move on the Friday – both Citadella’s and the overnight. Once again we’d pleased the right people as all three dropped ‘biblical volume’ 664s – even got the pen out twice taking me to 11 of the 20. Don’t know if I’ll get another though with the wires well on the way now… After the (good for engines, not much sleep!) overnight we had a leisurely day around Lake Balaton then just a long way home on the Sunday, Gyor-Vienna-Brno-Stansted, just to add an extra pair of countries to the week!
Captions on individual photos.
For the previous few days photos from Slovakia please click ‘ere!
This was only a quick weekend hashed together and hopes of more 664 drag action after last year were dashed as the juice was turned back on a week or so beforehand. However we still had the Citadella 664 and MAV’s 2015 Balaton diesel gala with M61 017 joined by a M62 this year.
Captions on the phots
Six day wander around Hungary to pick up some of the summer kick outs this year…
Day 1 was around Debrecen after flying to the local airstrip (it cannot be described as an airport) from Luton
Day 2 popped across to Oradea to spin in a couple of CFR GMs then a long slog west to Gyor via Budapest
Day 3 was the Lake Balaton Ganz fest then the M61 back to Budapest from Tapolca
Day 4 was up to Miskolc for the day – absolutely no sniff of an M62 unlike every other report!
Day 5 bit of a circle to Szombathely out on the 232 but due to no others being out back via Celldomolk and more Ganz
Day 6 just around Budapest as couldn’t hack another early start to do much else!
No full captions (yet, maybe) but loco number and location provided, link to erg post for more gen
As these are very late, I’ll get them up without captions. These will (probably) be added when I get some more time.
Basically – went to Hungary, had lots of dud MAV locos and partook in another most enjoyable Mercia Tour…
After Slovakia, I was off to Hungary for four days based around some interesting workings they were providing for the summer timetable (covered the last weekend so left it a bit last minute!) and a general spin around Budapest and Gyor on MAV and GySev power.
Four day bash for the two day “Pre-Emptive Strike” Mercia Charters Tour which featured the passenger workings for Floyd’s new toy 56101 (now 650001) and also a bit of 86215 and ex-DSB MY1125. Spent most of the rest of the time doing some nedding around Budapest out of Keleti and Nyugati, where blue locos with yellow panels and near enough blue and grey stock abounded, and also a trip on the Children’s Railway.