Red Star Train Graveyard

Built: 1959

Abandoned: 1975

Visited: 2015

Hungary

This is an old train workshop near Budapest with huge locomotives standing in an old shed that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. The trains are housed in buildings just off the active railway. The buildings are falling apart as are the trains within. Many of the rolling stock have been standing in the same place for over 40 years.

Inside I saw a four-cylinder MAV 301 series locomotive which was in use from 1911 until 1914. It is one of only two left in the world. There is also a large MAV class 424 locomotive. Weighing an astonishing 137 tonnes, Hungary produced 514 of these massive machines and they were used widely across Europe.

Whether these trains were really used by the Nazis for the movement of Jewish prisoners during the Second World War, or whether it’s just a urban legend, is unclear. But if indeed the claims are accurate, they add a far more tragic dimension to the abandoned railway workshop.

The rolling stock is owned by the National Railway Museum, but there is no money to restore them.

Photos Red Star Train Graveyard

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