First Hungarian TramTrain Service Begins

Good news, the opening of the first TramTrain service in Hungary. What is largely of interest is that the TramTrain route is mainly single track with passing loops, using hybrid vehicles, built by Stadler and can operate either by electricity and diesel.There is a lot of scope for TramTrain to operate in the Fraser Valley, and if the provincial government is mindful of Global Warming, as it should be, it should immediately shelve plans for the $4 billion plus, 16 km Expo Line extension to Langley and instead build a $1.3 billion, 130 km Vancouver to Chilliwack TramTrain service.stadler tramtrain

First Hungarian Tram-train project

9 September 2021 |

In 2018, VAMAV Vasúti Berendezések Kft., a joint subsidiary of MÁV Hungarian State Railways Private Limited Company and voestalpine Railway Systems, was chosen as a turnout supplier of Hungary’s first tram-train project. In 2021, the construction work was completed and the operation is expected to start in September 2021.

The new tram-train line in Southern Hungary will connect Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely. The aim of this project is to create a transportation system using railway infrastructure that helps to maintain and improve the competitiveness of public transport, enables the reduction of road traffic and the environmental impact it causes, and ensures the connection between urban centres by connecting rail and tram transport.

Photo source: Nagy Mihály /

The rail network

The tram-trains will run in Szeged on tram line 1 from Szeged railway terminal to Szeged-Rókus railway station, where the tram line and the Szeged – Békéscsaba railway line No. 135 will be connected for about 800 m. The connection of the tram line and the railway line was realized with grooved rail turnouts and a crossing manufactured by VAMAV Vasúti Berendezések Kft.

In order to reduce the journey time and increase the frequency of traffic, new second tracks and bypasses were built between the two cities, typically with simple turnouts and double slips with a radius of R=200 m and R=300 m, at a speed of 40 km/h in the diverging route. To speed up train crossings, some stations have been given high-radius turnouts with a radius of R=800 m and a speed of 80 km/h in the diverging route.

Photo source: Nagy Mihály /

The vignoles rail turnouts are made of 60E2 rail profile and have concrete sleepers, state-of-the-art SPHEROLOCK locking devices, and HYDROLINK power transmission systems.

Between the Hódmezővásárhelyi Népkert railway station and Hódmezővásárhely railway terminal, a new 3,200 m long tram line was built within the city with two traffic bypasses and a two-track tram-train terminal. In order to maintain the urban character, grooved rail turnouts manufactured by VAMAV Vasúti Berendezések Kft. were installed here.

The project in general

This project also includes the purchase of hybrid vehicles that can run safely on both the urban tram and rail networks. The turnouts supplied by VAMAV Vasúti Berendezések Kft. are structurally and geometrically suitable to meet these special requirements. Following preliminary feasibility studies and design and authority approval, construction work began in 2018 and was completed in 2021. Tram-train vehicles are currently being tested and the operation is expected to start up in September 2021. It is a great success for both MÁV Hungarian State Railways Private Limited Company and voestalpine Railway Systems that all of the vignole (34 pcs) and grooved rail (7 pcs) turnouts for this project have been produced and delivered by VAMAV Vasúti Berendezések Kft.

The new tram-trains, built by Stadler, are able to operate in electric mode under 600 V DC overhead on the tram networks in Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely, and in diesel mode on the mainline connecting both cities. They feature two low-emissions diesel power packs rated at 390 kW. They are also able to negotiate narrow curves of 22m radius providing the benefit of being used in existing curved streets of city centers. Easy access for different platforms types, without modifying the current height of the platforms, is also ensured by doors located at different heights and the use of different type of sliding ramps.

Leave A Comment