Among the narrow track railways in Somogy county the youngest one is the forest train of Kaszó, which runs in the biggest continuous forest of “Inner-Somogy”. The entire length of the forest railway leads through a wonderful landscape. The diverse forest stock, the environmental protection area of the Baláta lake, the flora and fauna of environment offer an unforgettable experience to the visitors.

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    Forest train

    From among the small train lines of Somogy County, the train running in the largest continuous forest of the Inner Somogy County, the forest of Kaszó is the youngest line. The whole length of the line runs in the forest through a beautiful landscape. The changing woods, the nature reserve area of Lake Baláta, the colourful flora and fauna of the natural environment offer an unforgettable experience for the visitors.

    Passenger transportation policy

    Please review our timetable below:

    Forest train of Kaszó
    “Kaszó – The green heart of Somogy...”

    Timetable

    FROM 1st JANUARY TO 28th FEBRUARY:

    Departure time

    Distance (km)

    Departure

    Arrival time

    Distance (km)

    Arrival

    On Tuesdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Saturdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    14:15

    3

    Baláta station

    15:45

    0

    Baláta station

    16:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

     

    FROM  1st MARCH TO 30th APRIL:     

    Departure time

    Distance (km)

    Departure 

    Arrival time

    Distance (km)

    Arrival

    On Tuesdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Thursdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Saturdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    14:15

    3

    Baláta station

    15:45

    0

    Baláta station

    16:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    FROM 1st MAY TO 31st AUGUST:

    Departure time

    Distance (km)

    Departure

    Arrival time

    Distance (km)

    Arrival

    On Tuesdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Wednesdays

    14:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    14:15

    3

    Baláta station

    15:45

    0

    Baláta station

    16:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Thursdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Fridays

    15:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    15:15

    3

    Baláta station

    16:45

    0

    Baláta station

    17:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

    On Saturdays

    10:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    10:15

    3

    Baláta station

    11:45

    0

    Baláta station

    12:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14:00

    0

    Kaszópuszta

    14:15

    3

    Baláta station

    15:45

    0

    Baláta station

    16:00

    3

    Kaszópuszta

     

    Information

    Private train rides:
    SEPARATE TRAIN FOR THOSE NOT STAYING AT THE RESORT

    Up to 20 people: 30,000 HUF / ride

    21-40 people: 40,000 HUF / ride

    Over 40 people: 50,000 HUF / ride

    The above prices include VAT!

    can be requested at the following contact details:

    Tel.: +36-82/445-818, Fax: +36-82/352-314
    E-mail: udulo@kaszort.hu
    Janos Luka, Rail operations manager

     

    The history of the forest train

    The forest block did not have a road network for a very long time, which made the continuous and safe transportation of timber difficult. The ancestor of the railway was built between the two World Wars, linking the station of Somogyszob and the forest at Kaszópuszta-Bördec. Timber was first transported with horse hauling, then from the 1940s with a steam locomotive. Logging, but especially the transportation of timber regardless of the weather, was ensured by the train.

    The concept of constructing the present railway track comes from József Káldy, who was working at the Budapest centre of the National Forestry Directorate. The plans of the main track (Szenta-Bojsza-Rinya) were prepared in 1951-52, while the construction was ongoing between 1952-55 together with the Kaszó-Bojsza feeder. The entire length of the railway line of wooden sleepers on sand bed was 17 kms.

    The operation permit of the forest train was issued on 2 June, 1955. Transportation began with the help of a C50 diesel engine. The additional 3-km section leading to the Csillagpuszta forest block was constructed two years later. Passenger transport started between Szenta and Kaszópuszta on 17 May, 1961. The main line was extended with an additional 1.8 km-section in 1963, which linked the Nagyrinyapuszta site of the Böhönye State Farm to the passenger, but especially the freight transport. The section was in operation until the State Farm broke up in 1968 and continued to serve only passenger transport until the line was dismantled in 1970.

    As time passed, the importance of the railway in timber transport steadily decreased. Freight transportation was entirely taken over by trucks in 1985. As a consequence, the section of the main line between Bojsza and Rinya was also dismantled.

    In 1997 the HM Kaszó Erdőgazdaság Zrt. purchased the steam locomotive that was manufactured in Resica in 1954 and restored in Szászrégen in 1984. The locomotive was named “Christmas” and arrived in Kaszó on 14 December, 1997. It began serving on 16 April of the next year.
    The line currently runs according to the timetable of the State Forest Railway. It is a property of the Hungarian State, but is operated by and for the use of the HM Kaszó Erdőgazdaság Zrt. as a narrow track railway. The length of the present line (between Kaszó and Szenta) is 8 kms. The journey time is 40 minutes.