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Szeged Tram-Train Service Inaugurated

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the first paragraph.

The country’s first public tram-train service left Hódmezővásárhely for Szeged at 03.31 on November 29, with guests onboard including János Lázár, the government’s special commissioner for the project, and László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation & Technology.

They are obviously early starters in Hungary.

The Szeged-Hódmezővásárhely Tram-Train has its own Wikipedia entry.

From the Railway Gazette article and Wikipedia, I can ascertain the following.

  • It is a 32 km route.
  • Journey time will be 51 minutes, with an Off Peak frequency of two trains per hour (tph), with three tph in the Peak.
  • The main stations in Hódmezővásárhely and Szeged are served.
  • The route between the two cities is not electrified, but has been partially-upgraded to double-track and the speed has been upgraded to 100 kph.
  • In both central districts the vehicles run as tram-trains.

The rolling stock will be electro-diesel versions of Stadler Citylink tram-trains.

This pictures show  Sheffield Supertram’s Class 399 tram-trains, which are also members of the Stadler Citylink family.

The two tram-trains would appear to be very similar in terms of cab design, passenger compartment and an operating speed of 100 kph.

The question has to be asked, if Sheffield could expand their Supertram network with some electro-diesel tram-trains.

They could be ideal for the proposed service to Stocksbridge, that I wrote about in Reopening The Don Valley Section Of The Former Woodhead Line Between Stocksbridge and Sheffield Victoria To Passenger Services.

The route could be tested using diesel engines on sections without electrification and if the route attracted enough passengers, electrification could be erected.


December 6, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,


  1. I’ve found this particular post really fascinating, not the least because it’s offered me opportunity to look at the Stadler City link diesel electric units in Chemnitz, the Ansaldobreda (now Hitachi) Sirio battery electric tram, the RegioSprinters in Kassel as well as visiting the Zwickau tram again.
    Why would the interim introduction of Stadler Citylink diesel electric units like those in Chemnitz and Hungary be impractical. Possibly low bridges as shown in the photo in the link.
    Would a battery electric option be possible, I don’t know.

    Comment by fammorris | December 7, 2021 | Reply

    • Have you been to Zwickau? We need more running of multiple units disguised as trams.

      Comment by AnonW | December 8, 2021 | Reply

      • Zwickau, no I’ve not been I’m afraid that was a poor bit of drafting on my part, I was revisiting your earlier post referring to the town.
        As regards an East Anglian coastal route you need look no further than across the North Sea to the world’s longest tramway in Belgium. Kings Lynn to Yarmouth would take the record away from the Belgians. As you say something like a tram-train solution would be well suited.

        Comment by fammorris | December 8, 2021

  2. I suspect that if the Norfolk Orbital Rail project is to be viable it would need to use Tram Trains to ease some of the train route issues as the train progresses from Sheringham/Holt to Melton Constable, Fakenham, and Dereham (to join Mid-Norfolk to Wymondham). The area around Holt feels particularly relevant for tram type vehicles (tight turns and needing to squeeze beside the Holt bypass which occupies part of the original trackbed, and then exiting the Holt area with the lowest build cost possible as a predominantly single line railway.

    Comment by MilesT | December 8, 2021 | Reply

  3. I know Norfolk well and I suspect that at some point, there’ll be a plan for a long distance coastal tram between King’s Lynn and Yarmouth.

    Logically, it should probably terminate at Lowestoft, but that would not be popular with local politicians, as it’s international travel!

    Comment by AnonW | December 8, 2021 | Reply

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