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Record for historical railway

The back-swath railway in Vychylovka in the Kysuce region this year had a record number of visitors. Between May and November the historical Kysuce-Orava Logging Railway transported more than 32,000 people. Lenka Janovcová, the manager of the Kysuce Museum which operates the historical railway, told the media that next year the museum plans to make the railway more attractive thanks to a new traction engine, and will also got a donkey engine for transportation of 10 passengers, and a driver from the Žilina regional administration.

The back-swath railway in Vychylovka in the Kysuce region this year had a record number of visitors. Between May and November the historical Kysuce-Orava Logging Railway transported more than 32,000 people. Lenka Janovcová, the manager of the Kysuce Museum which operates the historical railway, told the media that next year the museum plans to make the railway more attractive thanks to a new traction engine, and will also got a donkey engine for transportation of 10 passengers, and a driver from the Žilina regional administration.

In the 2009 summer season, two steam and one diesel engine operated on the track. The new donkey engine is a light rail vehicle powered by petrol, and as it is cost-saving and economical it will be used also to maintain and check the track. Like the engines, this small vehicle with a gauge of 760 millimetres must undergo several inspections in order to receive technical approval. The maximum speed of the donkey engine is 25 kilometres an hour. After the Kysuce and Orava railways are connected, it will transport ten visitors at a time from Chmúra to Tanečník. The historical forest back-swath railway is part of the Museum of Kysuce Village in Nová Bystrica-Vychylovka. It is a preserved part of the former Kysuce-Orava logging railway that was founded in 1926, and was mainly used to transport wood. Of the original 110 kilometres of track, only eight kilometres have been preserved, specifically the track from Chmúra to Tanečník where the unique back-swath system can be found.

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