The capital of Hungary is the large city of Budapest. Situated on the river Danube, the west bank is the older and hilly Buda, the east bank is the larger and newer Pest. There are many superb buildings, especially the Hungarian Parliament building that looks impressive whether it is day or night time. There is a vast tramway network, which includes normal street running trams and former light rail cars from Hannover, as well as a trolleybus system, metro and a cog-wheel railway. For the purpose of our video programme we have divided it into two parts. Part one features mostly the trams running in central Budapest, with part two featuring the trolleybuses, light rail and the trams running in the suburbs, with a brief visit to the cog-wheel railway. We also see the buses on both programmes as they integrate with the trams and trolleybuses. Electric trams were introduced in 1887.
Today in 2015 when our filming took place there were 33 lines of which 26 are main lines with 7 supplemental lines. The fleet is made up of older locally built Ganz cars, of which some are articulated. Tatra T5 cars, Düwag TW 6000 (Light Rail) and Low floor Siemens Combino trams which are currently the longest trams in Europe. They are operated from 9 depots situated all over the city. The operating company is BKV (Budapesti Közlekedési Vállalat) who’s logo still appears on the vehicles, but in 2010 became BKK (Budapesti Kózlekedési Központ). Around a third of the buses are operated by private companies, but are all in BKK colours. The trams are in a yellow livery, trolleybuses in red and the buses blue.
On this programme we now take a look at the trolleybuses. Our filming starts at Dózsa Gy?sgy út and we walk along the trolleybus routes toward the interchange at Erzsébet királyné útja. Here we also film the Light Rail trams. After more trolleybus filming we board trolleybus 306, an Ikarus 435T on route 70 to Kozma Ferenc utca where we observe the manoeuvres as the vehicles turn around for their return journey. Returning to the trams, we film at Puskás Ferenc Stadion M, and board a three car Tatra T5C5 set to Közvágóhid to film more action and then travel on Ganz KCSV 7 tram, number 1359 to F?vám tér M. Over on the Buda side of the Danube we film at Széll Kálmán tér M and then board Tatra T5C5, 4021+4037 for the scenic ride to H?vösvölgy up in the hills! With brief visits to the “Children’s Railway” and the Cog-wheel Railway we complete our filming at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, Belgrád rakpart and Vámhaz körut. We hope you have enjoyed your journey to sample the delights of the fascinating city of Budapest.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 62 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - Sept 2015