AIA Spring Tour
13th - 18th May 201
Just a few images from our tour
Pioneer or Childrens' Railway, Budapest

The Gyermekvasút or Line 7 is an 11.2 km narrow gauge railway line in Budapest, which connects Széchényi-hegy and Hűvösvölgy.

Other than the driver, all of the posts are operated by children aged 10–14.
Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park – Hungarian Railway History Park

Also widely known as the “Fusti” the history park is at the former Budapest North Depot a workshop of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). The museum covers more than 70,000 square meters and it features over one hundred exhibits.

The North Depot's 1911 roundhouse remains intact and its 34 bays provide an ideal home for the operational vintage fleet. The image is of a snow blower which was amongst a collection of odd railway vehicles.
Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum - Hungarian Open air Museum

The Swedish scientist, Arthur Haselius established the world’s first open air museum in 1891 in Stockholm to preserve the characteristic buildings of various Swedish regions [ Visited by the AIA during the Swedish Spring Tour 2011 ] It was named Skanzen after the part of town of its location and in due time it found its way into many languages, including Hungarian, as an equivalent of open air museum.
Oroszlányi Bányászati Múzeum - Mining Museum Oroszlány

Most coal in Hungary is now extracted by open cast methods, but the museum is located at the XX shaft of the Márkushegyi pit where it was established in 2001.  It was the last deep coal mine in Hungary, and the establishment of the museum was part of a co-ordinated programme to mitigate the economic and social consequences of closure. The collection dates from 1970 when it was first displayed at the XVI (sixteenth) shaft of the Márkushegyi pit.
Tés Windmills

Tés is a small village in the Bakony Mountains, situated at a height of 465 m. Thanks to the constant and reliable wind, four windmills used to operate in Tés. The remaining two have six full sails (which can be extended by additional boards in case of slow wind). The Helt windmill was built around 1840 by carpenter János Pircher and was named after the Helt family who operated the mill for several generations. It’s a round-shaped mill with tapered, rotatable shingle roof. There are two pairs of millstones in the windmill and they can mill 4 quintals (400 kgs) a day.
Ráckeve Boat Mill

Boat mills, also known as ship mills were very common on the Tisza and Danube rivers in the 19th century. In 1863 4,301 boat mills, 9,173 stream mills, 475 windmills and 147 steam mills were operating in Hungary). Several boat mills were working on the Danube at Ráckeve as well, where the last ship mill in Hungary sank during the hard winter of 1968, when the ice broke the houseboat with the milling equipment. In 2006 the Municipality of Ráckeve initiated the idea of rebuilding the boat mill, and enthusiastic local residents and workers prepared a full-functional replica of the float mill based on written records, photos and drawings.
Technical Study Stores - Budapest

The Technical Study Stores can be considered as a museum, yet it does not incorporate a permanent exhibiting place. The artefacts are presented on metal shelves in three spacious halls – sixteen-thousand pieces altogether. The collection contains world patents, first copies and enormous power-machines. Technical miracles, everyday achievements, household and electric devices of the last centuries can be seen in a huge amount and density. The image is of the Ural-2 computer made in the USSR in the early 1960s. The machine used valves, with the hardware being able to perform 12,000 floating-point calculations per second. One word consisted of 40 bits and was able to contain either one numeric value or two instructions. Ferrite core was used as operative memory.