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.

    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

                        

    Time of departure distance (km) Place of departure Time of arrival distance (km) Place of arrival
    On Tuesdays
    13:00 0 Kaszópuszta 13:45 3 Baláta station
    13:45 3 Baláta station 14:10 8 Szenta station
               
    14:30 0 Szenta station 14:55 5 Baláta station
    14:55 5 Baláta station 15:10 8 Kaszópuszta
               
    On Thursdays and Saturdays
    13:30 0 Kaszópuszta 13:45 3 Baláta station
    14:45 0 Baláta station 15:00 3 Kaszópuszta

     

    Private train rides:
    SEPARATE TRAIN FOR RESORT GUESTS

    Up to 15 people: 15,000 HUF / ride
    More than 15 people: 20,000 HUF / ride

    SEPARATE TRAIN FOR THOSE NOT STAYING AT THE RESORT
    Up to 15 people: 30,000 HUF / ride*
    More than 15 people: 40,000 HUF / ride*
     

    * Those not staying at the resort can redeem 50% of this fee in the Főherceg Restaurant on the day of the train ride.

    A fenti árak az ÁFA-t tartalmazzák!

    Information can be requested at the following contact details:

    Tel.: +36-82/352-065, Fax: +36-82/352-314
    Mobil: +36-30/6644-142
    E-mail: info@kaszort.hu
    István Góth, vasút-üzemvezető

     

    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.