After 2009, the cars of the Budavári Sikló have now undergone another major overhaul. During the works, new barriers were placed, the rails were replaced, safety equipment was renewed, and “fall protection” was built between the railways for the installers, said Tibor Bolla, CEO of the Budapest Transport Company (BKV) at the handover of the cable car on Tuesday.

The railways were also renovated (Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)

The Budavár Cable Car started on 2 March, 1870, it was hit by a bomb in 1944, when it was sentenced to demolition. By 1986, BKV had faithfully rebuilt the cable car, which was given electric traction, the director recalled.

The wagons named Margit and Gellért were delivered to the BKV Railway Vehicle Repair Plant on 1 September last year, where they underwent a comprehensive renovation after the highest level of inspections.

After removing the vehicle cladding elements, the frame structure was repaired and polished, and new wood trim was placed on the inside and outside. The windows and doors were also remanufactured. The electrical units of the two cars have also been refurbished and replaced, and the emergency braking system of the vehicles has been repaired, which stops the cars on the sloping track in the event of a rope break or speeding, BKV wrote in a statement.

The Budavár Cable Car started in 1870 (photo: 

The two vehicles returned to their place on 15 December, 2021. After the assembly and adjustment of the trackside control-command equipment, the test runs started under different load conditions. After the successful test run and the receipt of the commissioning permit received from the Transport Authority, the Budavár Cable Car will now transport the passengers again between 8 am and 10 pm.

Source: MTI, BKV

Cover photo: The two cars of the Budavár Cable Car have been completely renovated and the railways have been replaced (photo: Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI)