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On Wednesday, the “Light Fleet” of the Budapest Public Transport Company (BKK), consisting of six different tramways and a cogwheel train, was launched. The Budapest-Szentendre local railroad is also decorated with festive lights.

This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.

“The Christmas lights of Budapest have included lights on trams for 13 years now. This year, even more Budapest citizens will be able to see the vehicles decorated in this way, as they will travel to even more places in the capital than in previous years,” said Gergely Karácsony, mayor of Budapest, at a press event on Wednesday at the Hungária tram station.

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Tibor Bolla, the chairman of the board of BKV Zrt., pointed out that in the first years there was only one decorated streetcar in Budapest, while last year the employees of BKV Zrt. decorated three streetcars with festive lights, and this year they decorated six streetcars and even one cogwheel train. Interestingly, the LED lights on six streetcars are three kilometers long.

Photo by BKK’s Facebook page 

This year, in addition to the traditional UV streetcar, the Tatra, KCSV-7, and TW 6000 types were also decorated with lights for the first time. The ICS and Combino types also received the LED lamps for the first time.

Photo by BKK’s Facebook page

The “light trams” will operate on six different lines in the capital: The type UV on line 2, the type Combino on line 4, the type TW 6000 on line 3, the type Tatra on line 1, the type KCSV on line 2M, and the type ICS on line 47. The decorated rail will operate on the Cogwheel Railway line.

The luminous streetcars and the rail will run until Epiphany, and the trains will also use some suburban lines, such as lines 2, 14, 19, 42, 50, 59, as well as line 69.

The Hungarian Tramways (MÁV) have also prepared for the Christmas season: namely the Light HÉV, the Budapest-Szentendre local railroad decorated with lights, is running again between December 1 and 5. This year the train consists of an LVII locomotive, a PXV wagon, and an MVIII railcar. The illuminated trains will run on the H5 line in the afternoon with the normal fare. It is necessary to register at the email address kulonhev@mav-hev.hu, indicating the time of the trip, the number of passengers, and the place of boarding and alighting.

Sources: HVG, MÁV-HÉV

Featured image via Zoltán Máthé/MTI