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The MÁV-TR M41 2328 at Székesfehérvár station, near control tower I.

Photo by: Takács Bence
Captured at: 2010:02:15 07:19:57

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To help a possible NATO action on the Balkan-peninsula, Hungary (as the only NATO-member neighbour of Slovenia with a long border) built a new railway connecting the two countries. The railway was opened in 2000. The most interesting part of it is the mountain railway at the feet of the Alps between Pankasz and Őriszentpéter including two viaducts and a tunnel to ensure a steady elevation of the line, to keep a distance from Nagyrákos village and to preserve the treks of the animals of the forests who like to pass the Zala river by Nagyrákos.
Another important bridge built at the time was the long, curved, girder steel bridge at the freight-only bypass of Zalaegerszeg station, located in the city centre, where passenger trains have to change direction in order to continue on the line from Hungary to Slovenia. If a train goes on directly from Zalaegerszeg station it's going to end up at Rédics, where there also used to be a connection to the current Slovenian network and before the construction of the Őrségi Vasút it was considered as an alternative. Today some locals insst on building those few kilometres of railway missing from the link to Lendva (Lendava, Slovenia).

Photo by Takács Bence

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