Historical train transports tourists in open-air museum in Pribylina

First such railway in Liptov region.

(Source: TASR)

The historic train of Považská forest railway started to commute in the compound of the Museum of Liptov Village, an open-air folk museum in Pribylina. It is not the only open-air folk museum in the Žilina region, possible to discover with our travel guide.

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After Kysuce and Orava, this is the third functioning railway in Žilina region. It takes visitors from the folk architecture exhibition to the railway depot.

“It is extraordinary that we have succeeded in renewing the forest railway after 40 years,” said director of Liptov Museum in Ružomberok, Martin Krupa, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Original technologies used

The narrow-gauge railway connecting the museum compound with the Považská forest railway depot was constructed with European funds of the Žilina self-governing region.

Costs reached more than €280,000. Director of the culture department of Žilina region, Martin Hromada, emphasised that the main aim of the reconstruction was saving cultural heritage.

“It is a reminder of how life used to be,” Hromada said, as quoted by the TASR. “The railway always brought life to regions.”

Original technologies were used when constructing the railway, assembled by hand. An almost kilometre-long railway was restored, a steel bridge and two platforms saved from the original railway.

Past public transport in the region

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The Považská Forest Railway was in operation for 60 years and it was a connection between Liptovský Hrádok and Liptovská Teplička.

“It was the only forest railway that conducted regular personal transport,” explained Juraj Veselý from the Society at Považská Forest Railway, behind the renovation. “Besides wood, it transported people and also goods in case of need. It ensured public transport in the region.”

In June and September, the railway will function only on weekends, also on Fridays during holidays. It is possible to get the train at the Depot or Dedina stations. The ride is one-way only.

The open-air folk museum in Pribylina is the latest Slovak museum in nature. More than 53,000 visitors visited last year.

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