Stumbling upon a heritage train in Hungary

I spent a couple of days in Budapest on my trip across Europe, and on one of them I was lucky to stumble upon a heritage train parked at Budapest Keleti railway station.

MÁV heritage train at Budapest Keleti pályaudvar

MÁV (Hungarian State Railways) is the national rail operator, and their ‘MÁV Nosztalgia‘ division maintains a fleet of historic locomotives and carriages, as well as operating tour trains across the Hungarian countryside.

The train I saw appears to have been transferred by MÁV Class V43 electric locomotive 1127.

MÁV Class V43 locomotive 1127 at Budapest Keleti pályaudvar

On the other end was diesel locomotive A25.016 – formerly owned by an industrial railway operator, it is of the same design as the MÁV Class M44.

As for the single carriage, the data plate at floor level tells you everything you need to know.

MÁV passenger carriage 61 55 99-40 051-7

For those who have not memorised the UIC numbering scheme – here is a translation:

61 55 99-40 051-7

61 = EuroCity coach, fixed gauge
55 = H = Hungary (MAV)
99 = Exposition/Measurement/Special cars
40 = 140 km/h, steam & 1000V~17Hz & 1500V~50Hz & 1500V= & 3000V=
051 = carriage number
7 = Check digit

The Hungarian-language ‘Vonatösszeállítás’ (‘train composition’) website has a full listing of the MÁV Nosztalgia fleet – it says that number 051 is a ‘Kádár szalon’ carriage.

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