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Report - MAGAV 424 Hungary July 2015

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  1. kingrat

    kingrat 28DL Regular User
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    Jun 1, 2012
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    2016 saw wea5el and I once again on our annual road trip into the depths of Europe. This year, Hungary. One of the first stops we made was to what appeared to be a field practically full of mothballed MiGs'. We work in a specific way when abroad. We start our days with an object we're convinced is either impossible or no longer in existence and finish with a guaranteed 'walk in' (end the day with a sense of some sort of achievement) Anyway, the MiGs' were there! So was the live airbase we hadn't spotted on google earth but that was 'by the by'. Flushed with success we consulted our map for the day. "What's next?" I suggested the Red Star train.

    Now we'd heard all sorts of stories about this place so were not holding out much hope. I've recently come to a conclusion that the further you explore from your peers the more dramatic your write ups can be. So we didn't know what to expect, we certainly didn't expect what we found. No guards, no dogs, no sharks with lasers, no live railway lines or 12ft walls. We just drove in through the main gate parked up outside and wandered in. Perhaps we just got lucky, who knows.

    MÁVAG began to manufacture the Class 424 in 1924.It made its first test run between Budapest and Vac on 22 April 1924. The planning was led by Béla Kertész (1882–1970) locomotive constructor.
    The 424 was a universal main line locomotive. It was used to haul heavy freight trains, stopping trains and express trains. The 424 locomotives are well known abroad as well.
    Until 1958, 514 machines were produced, of which 149 were foreign orders. They remained in service until 1984, when steam engines were withdrawn in Hungary.
    The 424 class engines were coal burners by design. In the early 1960s some engines were converted to burn oil, but their performance did not increase enough to compete with the diesel equipment of that time, like NOHAB DSB engines and Soviet-made M62’s.















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  2. HTB

    HTB 28DL Full Member
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    Dec 30, 2013
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    Nice report.

    Lovely piece of kit just left to the elements.
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  3. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    Nice to see again, Me and Host went here a few years ago, sneaked around hiding from people until we got in, then we got busted by a guard who wasn't arsed, just lit his pipe sat down and let us get on with us, the nice fella then took us to a carriage that had come from Auschwitz, bars still on the windows etc.
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  4. wea5el

    wea5el 28DL Full Member
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    Jul 19, 2012
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    Wrong year again ;)

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