Children’s train in Budapest

  In today’s developed transportation, railways are nothing new in people’s eyes. However, in the mountains west of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, there is a railway between Széchenyi Hill and Silent Valley Station that has won a Guinness World Records certificate. This railway, with a total distance of only 11.7018 kilometers, is recognized as “the longest children’s railway in the world” because it is a children’s train walking on it. Interestingly, this children’s train, in addition to the driver and maintenance positions are adults, the rest include the station master, dispatch, ticket sales, ticket checking, and even track conversion, signaling, broadcasting, crew and other positions, all from 10 to 14 years old. children served. Although the children are in charge, their tricks are not amateur at all.
  In the 1940s, after the Second World War, Budapest was in shambles, all walks of life stepped up construction, and the school also used a lot of brains to transport talents. In order to cultivate students’ sense of responsibility and management ability from an early age, especially to learn to allocate and manage time, and to do everything well in a planned way, young teachers from several schools along the Budapest railway, especially the young Principal Alfred, jointly signed Propose to the city government and the council: take advantage of the unique scenery along the railway to form a children’s railway managed and served by students. In the end, this suggestion was adopted, and it was decided that in addition to the right to drive and maintain, all other matters, including ticket sales, ticket checking, and even changing tracks, were left to children between the ages of 10 and 14.
  After a period of preparation and construction, on July 31, 1948, the Children’s Railway began its trial operation. After competition and selection from various schools, students with excellent character and academic performance have finally officially started their jobs after 4 months of special training.
  On this day, children dressed in spotless railway uniforms and little red riding hoods stood neatly on the platform to salute passengers. The children in every position, such as ticket sales and ticket checking, are conscientiously fulfilling their responsibilities, and their gestures are full of pride. When the passengers get on the bus and sit down, the childish ticket inspector will come to check the tickets. Regardless of their young age, their movements are quite accurate and neat, and their movements are not ambiguous at all. The train announcer also uses a childish voice to announce the running time of the train and introduce the scenery along the way.
  After the train departed, the other child train employees who remained on the platform also started work without hesitation. Older children are responsible for changing tracks and checking the departure and arrival times of trains, while younger children are assigned to check in at the station. The kids are doing their part seriously. In their hearts, it is an honor to be a railway employee on a children’s train.
  Founded in 1948, this children’s railway, which has won the Guinness World Records, has more than 15,000 children’s railway employees for more than 70 years and has received more than 500,000 passengers. On this railway, children not only learned to manage time, but also learned to manage themselves. Many of the employees who were once children on trains have become railway workers as adults.
  Childhood is beautiful, and the Children’s Train in Budapest leaves children with even more beautiful childhood memories.