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The Children’s Railway is located in the west of the city of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Its eleven-kilometre-long, narrow gauge line runs through the woods of the hills of the city on the Buda side.
It is often called “the greatest child toy of the world,” but it is not entirely true. Children aged 10 to 14 control the traffic and commercial services provided but strictly according to regulations of any other railway line of the State Railways of Hungary (MAV Zrt).
The engines are driven by adult engineers, and children on duty are continuously supervised by adult railway employees. Apart from that, children do their jobs, operate the switches and signals, print tickets and keep passengers informed, on their own.
The Children’s Railway in Budapest is not a unique institution of its kind. But it has always been by far the largest, most popular and serious one of them all in the world.
The railway operates throughout the year, except for Mondays from September to April. Trains run from 9 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the winter and until 7 o’clock in the summer.