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Budapest - Bratislava - Prague Railway cut by landslide in nothern Hungary - UPDATED

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Landslide closes line between Vác and Slovak border - line expected to be closed until mid-August. International trains are being diverted via Rajka - with delays.

Image: Taken from the Máv (Hungarian Railways) website shows the tracks covered by earth and stones after heavy rains on Thursday. This is on the Danube Bend, between Nagymaros and Szob.

I don't normally try to do news stories on the blog (no time), but as this may affect readers, and Mav has not issued anything on this in English,

UPDATE 28 July - it has now - see (in English)

I thought I'd put this up. Thanks to Tom Chilton for alerting me to this.

UPDATE: OK, reading on a bit, international trains are being routed via the main line towards Vienna, and then to Rajka, in the far north west of Hungary, and on into Slovakia that way. Trains leave Nyugati according to the timetable, but the diversion introduces delays - it doesn't say what kind of delays (I'd guess 30-45 minutes, but that's a guess. EDIT - I was wrong, see update at end of this post. )

Rail replacement buses and boats (!) are taking local passengers around the gap in the railway caused by the landslide.

Here's some more news - I love the way Máv gives all these technical details about how "10,000 cubic meters of mud and stones (not quite sure what kőlavina means) poured onto the tracks" - as if more than 0.1% of passengers are interested in such detail.

Here is the part, in Hungarian, from the Máv website.

A csütörtök délutáni esőzés következtében 1700 méteres szakaszon, soha nem látott mennyiségű, 10 ezer köbméternyi sár- és kőlavina öntötte el a vasúti pályát Nagymaros és Szob között, a Dömösi átkelésnél. A MÁV szakemberei délelőtt felmérték a károkat, a MÁV FKG még ma éjjel megkezdi a helyreállítást.

However, it does say that the track has been damaged over 1,700 metres, so we can see why it may take some months to be restored. I'd guess that the overhead catenery (that's the wires what provide the electricity) has been brought down too in places, and maybe signalling damaged, and all that does take a lot of replacement and checking for safety.

It seems the main road on that side of the Danube, route 12, is also blocked.

UPDATE: 09.00 Sunday

Czech Railways seem more communicative regarding the delays - which they say are more in the region of 60 - 90 and sometimes up to 120 minutes. See

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Jun 11, 2022

Rather than expending vast sums of money upgrading the line to Belgrade, would it not make greater economic sense for Hungary to upgrade its main rail artery with western Europe? I know it’s a romantic concept these days that Hungary is going to grow closer to Visegrad 4/former-Warsaw Pact/Balkan/despotic eastern regimes but when all’s said and done, the real prosperity and investment is still in a westerly direction and for relatively little cost (partly to do with distance) they could do something like the Austrian Westbahn between Vienna and Linz? It would also serve to boost economic links with the likes of Győr and Sopron, both of which are relative economic tigers as far as provincial Hungarian cities are concern…

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