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All aboard! Unique train pulls interest to Terchová

EVEN the local legendary hero Juraj Jánošík would take off his hat at the inventiveness of his native Terchová. The townsfolk have come up with a new means of public transportation: a two-carriage "train" pulled by a tractor-trailer retrofitted to look like a locomotive.
The Kofola Expres follows a 20-kilometre route that leads through the most famous attractions in Terchová and Vrátna dolina valley. During the two-hour ride passengers can sit back, relax and admire the village scenery and surrounding panoramic views while an on-board guide explains the sites.


VILLAGE's "locomotive" likely to stay.
photo: Richard Menczer

EVEN the local legendary hero Juraj Jánošík would take off his hat at the inventiveness of his native Terchová. The townsfolk have come up with a new means of public transportation: a two-carriage "train" pulled by a tractor-trailer retrofitted to look like a locomotive.

The Kofola Expres follows a 20-kilometre route that leads through the most famous attractions in Terchová and Vrátna dolina valley. During the two-hour ride passengers can sit back, relax and admire the village scenery and surrounding panoramic views while an on-board guide explains the sites.

The tram's uniqueness extends beyond its looks. In addition to routine stops, the Kofola Expres will make impromptu stops anywhere along its designated route according to the whim of its riders. Tourists can take advantage of the tram's flexibility when planning trips to the area's biggest attractions, including the Diery gorges with Malý and Veľký Rozsutec peaks, Jánošík's statue, the entrance to Vrátna dolina with its canyons and rock formations, or the massif of Malá Fatra mountains, itself dominated by the Grúň hill.

For now, The Kofola Expres runs daily from 8:00 to 22:00 through September 19. Jozef Mičo, head of the Terchová Tourism Association, is considering extending the tram's run. In winter, for example, The Kofola Expres could be used as a ski bus between Terchová and the slopes in Vrátna dolina. "So far, the tram is in a probationary period. But seeing how tourists and locals like it, we're thinking of making it a permanent attraction in Terchová," says Mičo.

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