Former Tinsley Class 47 to tackle classic Alpine route


CONTINENTAL Railway Solution (CRS) of Hungary has announced a second, and possibly final, passenger outing for its ex-BR Class 47 diesel.

The former No. 47375, now named Falcon, will make its Austrian debut, working the two-day ‘Semmering Falcon’ tour from Budapest to Mürzzuschlag via the world famous Semmering Railway on June 9-10, 2018.

Former Tinsley and Fragonset Class 47/3 No. 47375 is now working in Hungary, and is booked to work a railtour to the famous Semmering route in Austria next June. Its only previous passenger outing since moving abroad was a tour of Hungarian lines earlier this year. GABOR TORMA/CRS

The Semmering was built over 25 miles of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, and is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from the pioneering phase of railway building. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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No. 47375 will haul the train, which is limited to 65 passengers, from Budapest’s Keleti station via Győr, Sopron, Wiener Neustadt, Semmering to Mürzzuschlag on June 9. The outward journey will include an opportunity to photograph the train at some of the line’s most famous locations.

On Day 2, the Brush Type 4 will participate in the International Heritage Railway Parade at the Südbahn Museum in Mürzzuschlag, at the south end of the mountain section, before retracing its steps to Budapest.

CRS has confirmed this is likely to be No. 47375’s last passenger working before it becomes a dedicated freight machine. Tickets are priced at €590 per person in First Class or €750 in Continental Pullman Class, including selected meals, overnight hotel, soft drinks, a guaranteed window seat, and entry to the International Heritage Railway Parade.

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