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The writer took tram 61 to the end of the line at Hu­vosvolgy, where she joined the Chil­dren’s Rail­way. On dis­em­bark­ing, she took the cog rail­way tram num­ber 60 to the ter­mi­nus at Varos­ma­jor, where there are con­nec­tions back into down­town Bu­dapest. For the full timetable and pric­ing, see gy­er­mek­va­sut.hu (click on the “English” tab). Wizz Air (wiz­zair. com) of­fers fares from Lon­don Lu­ton to Bu­dapest from about £50 re­turn. For other flight op­tions, see flight com­par­i­son web­sites skyscan­ner.com and momondo.com.

The Chil­dren’s Rail­way can also be in­cor­po­rated into a more sub­stan­tial rail-themed tour of the cen­tral Europe re­gion. Ex­pe­ri­ence Grand Im­pe­rial Ci­ties is a 13-day es­corted tour run by Great Rail Jour­neys (01904

521936; greatrail.com) which costs from

£2,095 per per­son. In­cludes travel by train from Lon­don and stops in Vi­enna, Bu­dapest, Prague and Ber­lin. For those want­ing to travel in­de­pen­dently, GRJ In­de­pen­dent (01904 734356; greatrail.com/ grj-in­de­pen­dent) of­fers a 12-day trip from Lon­don from £1,475 per per­son in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in four-star ho­tels in four ci­ties and rail travel. stop and four young Amer­i­cans climbed on board.

Levi con­sulted with Bence and they were asked to pay 600 HUF (£1.70) each. He reached into a waist-level black leather box strapped around his neck and is­sued them with tick­ets, ex­chang­ing them for the bank notes.

As our train chugged along through the fairy­land for­est out­side, I had a quick chat with our guards. In the sum­mer, when the train is very busy, they both have more work to do.

Peo­ple got on and off at each stop to go hik­ing, while Bence sold post­cards and fridge mag­nets. Levi was proud of the fact the train runs in all weath­ers; ev­ery day in the win­ter apart from Mon­day.

We were near­ing the end of our 45-minute trip at Szechenyi-hegy. From here, it was a short walk down­hill to the cog tram back to the city.

Be­fore I left, I was keen to hear about the boys’ plans for their fu­ture. Levi wanted to work in IT, but Bence planned to con­tinue to work on the rail­ways; this ex­pe­ri­ence had made him more de­ter­mined to ful­fil his am­bi­tion. I waved to them as I walked away from the train. Job done, they both snapped out of se­ri­ous work mode and waved back.

I en­joyed my short jour­ney through the for­est; it had been a peace­ful step back in time. And like much in life it had shown that noth­ing is ever quite black or white.

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