Budapest Cog-wheel Railway

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Budapest Cog-wheel Railway
2011-04-12 Schwabenbergbahn Budapest 01.jpg
Fogaskerekű going uphill
Native nameFogaskerekű
Line number60
Line length3.7 km (2.3 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1500 V DC
Operating speeduphill 30 km/h
downhill 25 km/h
Rack systemStrub
Route map
to trams 59 and 61
Szent János hospital
Esze Tamás street
Forest school
Gyöngyvirág road
Művész road
Extension plan to Normafa
Hegyhát way grammar school
Olimpia Szálló

The Budapest Cog-wheel Railway, officially called Tram line number 60, is a rack railway running in Budapest, Hungary.


The old Cog-wheel Railway in 1896
The Cog-wheel on the map of 1905 "Zahnradbahn"

Since 1868 a horse tramway ran on schedule from the Lánchíd to Zugliget set in operation by the Budai Közúti Vaspálya Társaság (~ Public Railway Society of Buda). Nikolaus Riggenbach (the designer of the first European cog-wheel train line of Vitznau-Rig opened in 1871) with a colleague of his as the representatives of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Bergbahnen applied for the construction of the cog-wheel train line leading to Svábhegy. The building permit was issued on July 3, 1873, and construction of the line began immediately, thus enabling the service to start up in the following year. The first introductory vehicle ran from 4 p.m. on June 24, 1874, and regular traffic began on the following day. The whole line was built according to Riggenbach's cog-wheel system. The normal-gauge single track railway was 2883 m (1.56 miles) long all the way uphill with a difference in height of 264 m. The terminal point was built at the present Városmajor.

Successful operation of the cog-wheel railway raised the issue of extending the line. The plan was brought to fruition in 1890, when traffic started to the Széchenyi Mountain increasing the length of the line to 3700 m. The municipal transportation company BSzKRt took over the railway in 1926.[1] From July 2, 1929, the new electrically powered vehicles ran every 15 minutes. 1973 saw a full reconstruction, during which the whole track was renewed using the Strub cog-wheel system, and new vehicles introduced. The older trains last ran on 15 March 1973 and traffic using the new vehicles began on 20 August of the same year.

Hours of operation are 0500-2300 daily. The railway is part of Budapest's public transport system allowing standard tickets and passes to be used.[2]

Future developments[edit]

The Urban and Suburban Transit Association (VEKE) is advocating that the line be extended in both directions (Normafa and Széll Kálmán tér).



External links[edit]

  • "125 éves a Budapesti Fogaskerekű Vasút". Archived from the original on 30 December 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  • Outline of the public transport of Budapest

Coordinates: 47°30′44″N 19°01′08″E / 47.51222°N 19.01889°E / 47.51222; 19.01889