The Forest-Railroad in Lillafüred (LÁEV, nearby Miskolc)
Last modified on July 7, 1999.
Short Story | Location and
lines | Timetables | Dates, gossips
and events | Pictures
Short Story of LÁEV
The first linie of the 760 mm narrow gauge railroad was built in 1920 and
the freight traffic started on May 3, 1921. Because the Bükk-mountains and Lillafüred
has lot of natural beauty, the citizens were interested on the railroad
with favorable approaching possibilities. So was started the passanger
traffic for tourists and inhabitians (for them mainly traffic to the big
iron and steelplant in Diósgyőr) in year 1923.
Between 1927 and 1930 was built the Hotel Palota (Palace). Because
of this ran special government trains on the LÁEV, too. (Some cars of this
trainset are today at the Children RR in Budapest (MÁV Line 7).
The Railroad was both in freight and passanger traffic popular.
The performances growed mainly after the WW II, the number of passangers
approximated the 300 000. Afterwards has begun the slow regression.
The stonetransport was stopped, the quarries by the trackside
were closed. The track to near the center of Miskolc (St. Anna Church,
Eszperanto tér) has been shorted to the today's endstation (Miskolc-Kilián
Észak). The short wingtrack in Lillafüred has been picked up. The freight-traffic
is characterized by decreasing wood-transport (in 1995 the volume was
0! But at the end of July 1996 I've seen 2 packed
wood-transporters (JPEG)). Until the recent past the wood was
transported to the Ládi-rakodó, where the LÁEV possessed a transfer possibility
to the normal gauge line of MÁV (Hungarian State Railways). On the same
route was transported coal for the paperworks in Diósgyőr. In year 1994-95
the rails from Miskolc-Kilián Észak to Ládi-rakodó were picked up and the
contact was all us with it.
Today's traffic is mainly turistic.
Location and lines:
At present the LÁEV has two lines with total length from 34 km:
Constant service exist only on the line 1. On the line 2. is only weekend-
or ordered service.
Miskolc-Kilián Észak - Lillafüred - Garadna (14 km)
(Miskolc-Kilián Észak) - Papírgyár - Taksalápa (20 km) This
line was shorted with 3 km in 1997 to prevent the track from stoling.)
The location of lines is viewed on the map below:
Miskolc - Lillafüred - Garadna - Miskolc
(Miskolc) - Papírgyár - Taksalápa - Papírgyár -
Dates, gossips and events
Adress: Vasútüzem, H-3535 Miskolc, Erdész u. 24. Phone:(+36-46)
370-663, 379-086, 370-345
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The day of open doors by the LÁEV is on . On this day the guests are waited with extra trains and
exhibition of rolling stock.
The repair of the in the Majláth-station outplaced steamlocomotive (1956,
MÁVAG) has been finished. The loco was sent in 1996 to Slovakia (Cierny
Balog) where some reparatures had been made in order to save some money.
In 1998 it was back to the LÁEV but were many things to repair.
At the day of open doors in 1999 the loco was heated up although it was not
able to run yet.
And from the year 2000 the loco transports trains on schedule.
The budget of LÁEV was ca 26 million HUF (173 300 USD) in year 1996.
The mayor of village Tardona has shown interest in the building a new wing-line
from the line 2. This may cause more tourism and better acces to Miskolc.
The planes are ready. The only problem is the planed line crosses the living
place of a rare butterfly-species and therefore the enviromentalists protesting.
Question: How endagered are the butterflies by a train "tearing along"
with max. 25-30 km/h, which runs max. 6 times there and the passangers
don't have the possibility to get out the train?!?
The average number of passangers is ca. 100.000. It's about the same as
in Szilvásvárad (An other narrow gauge railroad, about 60 km to the west
from Miskolc), but its lenght is only 5 km...
In February 1999 was in Hungary a big snowfall. This caused troubles especially
to the Eastern part of the country. While Miskolc was broken off from the
rest of the world and the tramway and the bus traffic was stopped, the
narrow-gauge railway was running. On the next morning of snowfall the track-maintainers
cleaned the track with snow-plow and the train could left without delay
to utter amazement of the citizens of Miskolc. The local traffic company
considered to charge the LÁEV with taking over service on bus lines to
Lillafüred and Ómassa but at the end the streets were cleaned and the intention
And there're some pictures in JPEG taken on the LÁEV:
- D02-508 enters Endstation "Miskolc Kilián" with 3 summer cars (Photo: ?)
- The previos train after go round. (Photo: ?)
- The previos train leaves the same station. (Photo: ?)
- A winter picture the cars have the original
paint from Childrenrailroad of Budapest (Photo: ?)
- A summer picture with D02-501 (Photo: ?)
- D02-501 and D02-505 at the station Kilián.
- D02-510 leaves the station Majláth with
summer cars toward Kilián.
- D02-501 towards Garadna crosses "Papírgyár" station, Winter 1995/96
- D02-501 at Lillafüred, Winter 1995/96
- Between mountains and valleys is the train rattling... B&W picture, Bax car in Pioneer Railroad painting. (Photo: ?)
- The passenger car Nr.31. with fresh painting, but without labels, at Lillafüred.
- Maintance train leaves Lillafüred towards Garadna.
- The box car Nr.503, currently used in maintance service.
Club of Narrow
Gauge Railroadfans's picture collection
Other Sites according to LÁEV:
Helge Harling's Home Page about LÁEV
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