Hungary - Diesel locomotives and multiple units

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These days quite a lot of cargo traffic in Hungary is handled by private operators. This picture from the yard of Komárom shows (from far away; sorry for the bad picture quality due to the +37C temperature) a private locomotive of the company Metrans. This machine of class 761 is a Siemens made so called Hercules, similar to the Austrian class 2016. Picture from Komárom 30.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Two foreign cargo operators side by side. On the left the huge Siemens "Hercules" diesel of Metrans and on the right an Austrian ÖBB Br 1116, also made by Siemens, presumably operating here on behalf of ÖBB's Hungarian subsidiary Rail Cargo Hungary. Metrans is a large international intermodal cargo operator operating to and from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with services to Austria, connecting this territory by rail with major European ports, including Hamburg, Bremerhaven, to Rotterdam, Duisburg, Koper, Trieste and Rijeka as well as new shuttle train services to Istanbul. Picture from Komárom 30.6.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


MAV class 117 railbus with an unmotorised coach attached, waiting for its departure time at the station of Fonyód. These railbuses were made by Vagonka Studenka in what then was Czechoslovakia. Similar railbuses are common in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia as well. Some were also sold to what then was Yugoslavia and after Yugoslavia broke up, these railbuses ended in small numbers all over the former Yugoslavian area as well. It was a succesful model. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A closer look at the unmotorised coach attached to the same railbus pictured above. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Inside view of the same railbus coach as shown above. What was luxury in the 1970s, works fine even now. But when for example on the day when this picture was taken, the outside temperature was 36-37C, air conditioning would have been nice. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The motorised railbus wagon of class 117. This class was taken into service in 1977 and most wagons were modernised in 1997. It has 40 seats, a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a power rating of 206 kW. Previously these were called class "Bzmot". 258 motorised cars were originally built for Hungary. Many have now been heavily modified/modernised and even converted to long "double" railbuses. This one is still seen here pretty much like they used to be when they were new. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same railbus seen from the other end. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Inside of the same class 117 railbus has a certain 1970s charm. Luckily the wagon has been kept clean and nice. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A second view of the inside of the railbus shown above. Everything in perfect shape, clean and neat, but it looks like this picture would be from the 1970s. And the airconditioning system = all windows open, was not nearly enough for a day when outside temperatures peaked at +37C. Picture from Fonyód station in Hungary 1.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Two similar class 117 railbuses at the station of Pécs.
Picture 4.4.2018 by Markku Salo.


MAV Nohab-GM No. M61-002 has just arrived at Tapolca with a train from Budapest Deli in June 1993. All the remaining M61s were based at Tapolca depot in the background, and worked passenger trains up the north side of Lake Balaton. The Nohab roundnoses were US General Motors' locomotives which the Swedish company Nohab (Nydqvist & Holm AB) modified to suit European requirements and sold to many countries in the 1950s. Still in 2017 as this text is being written, many Nohabs are in use. Hungary was the only Soviet block country which bought these western locomotives. Photo by Andrew Cooke Uploaded Dec 14, 1995


The Nohab roundnoses were and still are famous locomotives. The basic design is from pre-WWII USA, from General Electric Electromotive division GE EMD. The European machines were built under GM's license in Sweden by Nydqvist & Holm Ab Nohab in Trollhättan. They were sold initially to Denmark, Norway and socialist Hungary. Finland would also have wanted them. Today there are still many Nohabs in use in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Kosovo. In Hungary they were called class M61.
Picture from Komarom station 8.6.2018 by Otto Tuomainen.

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