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Unveiling the Historic Forest Railway: a journey into Slovakia’s enchanting past

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Step into a bygone era:

History enthusiasts and curious travellers alike, prepare for a captivating journey through time. Today, we are inviting you to explore an astonishing treasure hidden in the scenic landscapes of Slovakia’s Kysuce and Orava regions: the Historic Forest Railway of Vychylovka. Prepare to be transported back to an era of steam-powered marvels and the rhythmic chugging of locomotives as we dive into the fascinating tale of this remarkable rail line.

A living chronicle of the past:

The year 1926. Two forest railways, the Kysuce and Orava railways, join tracks, giving birth to the Historic Forest Railway. Serving as vital transport arteries, these lines facilitated the movement of goods and materials from the region’s dense forests. Today, this historical joining stands as a testament to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the people who shaped Slovakia’s past.

Preserving history, reviving nostalgia:

Secreted away in the charming village of Nová Bystrica - Vychylovka, the funicular section of the Historic Forest Railway forms an integral part of the Museum of the Kysuce Village. This living testament to Slovakia’s rich heritage has been meticulously restored and preserved, offering visitors a remarkable glimpse into the past. As you step aboard the lovingly maintained carriages, you will positively feel the echoes of a bygone era.

Embrace the journey - seasons of wonder:

The timing of your visit to the Historic Forest Railway is akin to unlocking a different secret passage at any given moment. From the blossoming beauty of spring to the sun-drenched vibrancy of summer and the breathtaking tapestry of autumn colours, each season has its unique charm. Operating during the enchanting months of May to October, the line guarantees that you will experience the splendour of nature alongside the allure of history.

Relive the golden age of rail travel:

As the locomotive springs to life, propelled by the steady rhythm of its steam or diesel engine, prepare to be transported into a world where rail travel was an art form. Admire the vintage carriages, meticulously restored to their former glory, while traversing the same paths as those who came before. The Historic Forest Railway invites you to embark on an immersive adventure filled with nostalgia and wonder.

Unlocking the past, embracing the future:

The Historic Forest Railway not only represents a window into the past but also a symbol of Slovakia’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage. As you embark on this captivating journey, let the stories of those who built and travelled along these tracks fill your essence. Discover the spirit of a nation proud of its history and eager to share its wonders with the world.

Plan your visit - a voyage through time:

Are you ready to step back in time? Prepare for an extraordinary adventure aboard the Historic Forest Railway. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of Slovakia’s past. To ensure that you have a seamless journey, please check the operating schedule and any additional details with the Kysucké Museum, who has been entrusted with documenting the rich history of Slovakia’s forest railways.

You can also explore the 3.5-kilometre long Orava Forest Railway, with its Tanečník valley station near the village of Oravská Lesná. Trains depart to the Beskydy Saddle at an altitude of 935m, operated by the Orava Museum.

Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime as you traverse the picturesque landscapes of the Kysuce and Orava regions aboard this exceptional rail line. Unveil the secrets of the past, embrace the beauty of the present, and let the Historic Forest Railway be your guide to the inspiring history of Slovakia.

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