When communism collapsed in Hungary, most of its institutions disappeared too - but one socialist relic not only survived, but thrived. The Budapest Children's Railway tells the story of a real railway, transporting hundreds of thousands of paying passengers a year to nine stations in the hills overlooking the Hungarian capital - and ever since it opened in 1948, it has been staffed by 10-14-year-old children, who do everything but drive and maintain the locomotives.
Conceived as a Stalinist showcase, Budapest's Children's Railway was designed as a part of a communist Young Pioneer programme, but its educational excellence has ended up transcending politics. This unique institution has outlived the ideology that created it, because its values of self-discipline, self-organization and teamwork are universal and enduring..
The Budapest Children's Railway shows why Hungarian parents still appreciate its educational values, and their children still dream of working on the trains...
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