Urbex For Railway Enthusiasts
Urbex is an exploration not only of abandoned buildings but also of abandoned vehicles. We find trains are the most interesting of them. Locomotives and wagons have always delighted us with their beauty. We can only imagine how many people traveled by them. Most of us think that traveling by train is pleasant. By train, you are going on a journey on your holiday. It seems to be pretty nice. But we found trains from dark pages of history and travel by them was terrible. For some people, that was the last journey in their lives. These trains are buried in Istvántelek Train Yard also known as a Red Star Train Graveyard.
Red Star Train Graveyard History
After World War II many trains in Hungary were abandoned on various sections of the railway. They were collected in graveyards like this in the north of Budapest. It’s a little bit scary place. We’ve seen a lot of abandoned trains from WWII. Probably some of them were used to transport Jews to Auschwitz. This information is unconfirmed, but we think it may be true. we saw wagons with barbed wire in the windows and no seats inside. Imagining what people experienced here, make us shiver.
The landmark of this place – The Red Star Train comes from the times of Hungary as part of the Soviet Regime. It reminds of the communist era in Hungary. This wonderful part of Hungarian history could be immortalized in a museum. We have heard that there were plans to make an exhibition in the Budapest Railway Museum. As far as we know, it has not happened.
An urban exploration there is a valuable history lesson, but here are a lot of gems for all railway enthusiasts. We mean The Magyar Államvasutak (MÁV) Steam Locomotives. The legendary Red Star Train is classified as MÁV-424. This amazing machine called also “The Buffalo” has two chimneys and a 2′D axle layout (4-8-0 in Whyte notation). You may also find here the engine from the MÁV-301 series, which was used between 1911 and 1914. The MÁV-324, used in World War I is present here as well. We could mention here more and more MÁV engines, but you have to see everything with your own eyes. If you are an urban explorer and the train-lover, you have to put this place on your urbex map.
How To Get To Abandoned Train Graveyard
After our visit to Kelenföld Power Plant, we went to the northern part of Budapest, to see the abandoned trains. We got off the bus near the train station, and we started to look for the entrance. We have read a lot of rumors about the security and the dogs in this area. We were scared and we didn’t know how to get this abandoned place. Actually, not abandoned at all. The train graveyard is owned by operating plant, and people work here. Ok, that’s why all the explorers advice to visit this place on Saturdays. We went there on a working day and it was 4 p.m. and employees were finishing work. But we were not going to run away. We took the risk and we got there by the hole in the fence located in the corner of Elem street. We passed a lot of people, but we behaved naturally and tried not to show any fear. It was a good strategy. Maybe we had a lot of luck, but no one chased us away. Maybe on Sunday, you can meet here the security guard and the dogs. Maybe on a working day, someone will ask you what are you doing here. It’s hard to say, so remember to use caution while exploring.
Photos From The Train Graveyard
We saw a lot of amazing trains here. We hope that one day you will visit Budapest and see this place. It was worth it. Before your trip, we would like to share with you our photos of this unforgettable urbex. Enjoy them!