Regional Rail Express - 54: Lake Balaton I/Istria IV (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Regional Rail Express - 53: Istria III (50 p.)



June 30 2018

I had reached Börgönd station at 2 p.m. by bus but still managed to capture some kind of passenger traffic with 478 328 (M47) hauling an empty railcar.
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It could not have gone any better, freight trains with modernized and original M62 were waiting to depart towards Székesfehérvár.
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Floyd 0659 001 (ex-BR 56101) appeared at 2:36 p.m. with the first train from Székesfehérvár. The first few engines of Class 56 (not this one) had been assembled by Electroputere at Craiova:

The difference between European continental and British clearance gauges is clearly visualized here.
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Bizarre meeting of British and Ukrainian-built diesel engines.
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The parade of original M62s continued twenty minutes later.
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The locomotive in the middle is a heavily rebuilt Czech diesel by CZ Loko.
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I walked ahead to the end of the station and encountered the third original M62 of the day approaching through a sunflower field at 3:09.
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628 305 departed first a 3:15 p.m.
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This left plenty of time to change position for the smoky spectacle at 3:30, cheering on with a couple of other railfans.
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Enjoy it yourself on video:

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Finally, I still caught CER 753 609 leaving at 3:48, an Effiliner 1600 only delivered three months prior.
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Time to say goodbye to Börgönd after an efficient visit - this left me with the opportunity for a second session at the shores of Lake Balaton that day.
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July 14 2019

The following images were taken on an evening ride along the Balaton - Székesfehérvár section by half-an-hour-delayed S 19703 "Kék Hullám" ("Blue Wave") Tapolca - Budapest behind smoking M62 089. At Csajág, we encountered S 19766 "Katica" Budapest-Déli - Balatonfüred.
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Original 418 106 (M41 2106) hauling S 19706 "Kék Hullám" was covered in a plume of smoke at Polgárdi-Ipartelepek.
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June 29 2019

We spent the weekend at Hotel Marina-Port Balatonkenese and rented some bicycles - each of the available was too small for me. I cannot really recommend the hotel - it is overpriced and lacks atmosphere; however, it is conveniently located and features its own beach.
The bikes at least made it to the southern shore line - I came across this view of S 18494 "Déli → Parti" with lake at Balatonvilágos.
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We cycled to the well-known tunnel in the afternoon, encountering Gy 1975 "Tekergő" to Budapest.
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I played with the zoom of the lens as S 19606 "Kék Hullám" to Tapolca emerged from the tunnel portal.
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The object of desire appeared at five o'clock, 424 247 "Bivaly" ("buffalo") (MÁVAG #7286 / built in 1955).
I composed the panoramic view to the left from a picture taken at a different angle to make more of the lake visible.

On video:

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The MÁV museum train simply is fantastic.
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For comparison: 418 316 hauled GySEV Schlieren cars in the morning of July 6 2013. Back then no decorative trees had been planted yet to the left. Nowadays, this section of the line has been electrified.

More pictures from Lake Balaton a decade ago (in German, please click autotranslate):
Along Lake Balaton 2/2 (50 p.)

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Early morning you have the choice at Balatonkenese (full "Hungarian" pronunciation): either you walk a few feet from your hotel and take pictures of Sz 19720 Székesfehérvár - Tapolca at 6:12 a.m., like on June 30 2019.
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Or you arrive by this train and capture S 19719 Tapolca - Budapest, like one year before on June 30 2018.
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June 30 2019

S 19719 with original M41 - a nice start to the day! White van to the right digitally removed.
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A walk through the park and harbor.
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The first tramp of the day at 7:22: Gy 979 "Tekergő" to Budapest.
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Speeding S 19700 "Kék Hullám" to Tapolca left the female station master in a cloud of dust one hour later.
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June 30 2018

The early morning destination one year before was Soós-hegy, this hill had been named after poet Lajos Soós.
I climbed the observation tower and spotted our star train Gy 1247 "Istria" rounding the bay from Balatonalmádi shortly before seven o'clock.
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Bakony mountains can be seen to the right.
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From an Adriatic beach in the evening to a Balaton beach next morning by sleeping car would have been possible here. In the background you can see a third of the lake up to Tihany peninsula.
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An alternative panorama featuring Gy 979 "Tekergő".
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Sz 19729 Tapolca - Székesfehérvár.
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View towards the station with loess walls, home to so called "Tartar caves".
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June 29 2019

We climbed the walls after arrival at 9 a.m. one year later. First, S 19707 "Kék Hullám" towards Budapest appeared.
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A steam special had been announced, instead a long train hauled by M62 and M41 turned up.
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We'll take it, it probably was one-hour-delayed S 19700 "Kék Hullám".
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We did not quite know what to do. Finally, we walked downhill only to encounter the steam train at the grade crossing at 9:50! Luckily, this was the best alternative. As always at this spot, a white van has been removed.
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Clash of eras, S 19757 "Katica" was waiting.
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On June 30 2019, M41 2143 rushed past with S 19795 "Kék Hullám". This heritage livery accentuates the shape of the roof.
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The next reports will follow the lake further west. :)
 




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