We went on a two-day round trip through Slovakia with my girlfriend in late May, 2003. I haven't been to Slovakia for a while, but since I spent many holidays there during my childhood, I was excited.
Our vehicle was the old railcoach "Árpád", built by Ganz in 1934, ran by the hungarian state railways' heritage service operator, MÁV Nosztalgia Kft.
This is a very stylish way of travelling, I must say!
Our first stop was Kosice. We had a few hours here...
... so we rode a number of trams, for example this classic Tatra T3.
We also saw a few T6A5 (like the one on the picture above), and a KT8D5 articulated tram, too...
... but I found the historical inner city even more interesting! What you see here is the main street. Trams used to operate here, but then they were banished in order to keep the nasty vibrations away from the lovely cathedral in the middle of the city. The two tracks remained for some holidays, when a horse tram service uses them.
We continued our journey through some wonderful landscapes.
Poprad. The meter-gauge vicinal service (also called the "High-Tatra tram" sometimes) to the High Tatras starts...
... right above the main train station (above and behind the DMU in the middle of the picture).
This railway used to operate some classic Tatra EMU's, nowadays they use these modern articulated units built by ZOS Vrutky/ADtranz/Stadler. On the picture: the magnificent train station at Stary Smokovec. This is where the branch to Tatranska Lomnica starts - you can observe the coupling and de-coupling of train sets here.
The vehicle features some low-floor parts, while the powered section seems to be located in the articulation - that's why that corridor to the other end of the train is so narrow.
The funicular to Hrebienok used to be a favorite of mine.
Fortunately it still uses the same cars as 20 years ago...
Spartan, but I like it!
We managed to catch the last train back to our hotel in Poprad. While we were waiting for it, I tried to take a photo of this unit at the Stary Smokovec station without a tripod. I liked the painting of the mountains on the middle section!