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The Hangar of Historic Trains
Budapest’s Location for Railway and Period Shoots
Created on June 23rd, 2020
The Railway History Park is the largest railway history museum in Central Europe and the first interactive one on the continent. Both the architecture of its century-old building and the exhibited vehicles provide filmmakers with many valuable opportunities for shooting productions. Located in North Budapest, the site was originally built as a boiler house, which was converted into its current state in 2000. Today the park houses a constantly growing collection of more than a hundred railway vehicles, among which many are rare locomotives. There are short train tracks within the area of the park on which the engines and carriages can be used and driven. The site has two turntables, the larger of which connects the tracks to the 34 bays of a vast roundhouse. This large depot covers 3000 square meters and its semicircle shape arches around the main turntable. Above its 34 turquoise industrial doors, there is a long strip of glass windows that provides its interior with natural light, creating an atmosphere typical of a historic industrial hangar. The depot houses many historic vehicles, which can cater for any period piece connected to the railway since the majority of these exceptional vehicles are in good quality and can be easily operated. Among these, for example, there are cast iron locomotives and diesel engines, first-class and third-class carriages from various historical ages. The park also features many unique pieces, such as a dining car built for the famous Orient Express, a postage service carriage, a tanklike wartime engine, a train track compatible luxury car, as well as hand-powered cars. Also, since the park’s tracks are well connected, we can easily move these historic trains to Budapest’s large train stations when they are needed for a shoot.
The Railway History Park’s depot building was used in the 1981 American sports war film called Escape to Victory starring Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone. The building doubled as a train station, where captives were loaded into train carriages by Second World War German soldiers. In the same year, the park was also used as the German border in the award-winning German and Hungarian co-production called Mephisto. The 2010 Holocaust film called The Round-Up, a Hungarian-French co-production starring Jean Reno was also filmed here. Not only the trains were used in the shoot, but also the buildings surrounding the tracks were adjusted to be able to double as French locations. The award-winning Hungarian director Enyedi Ildikó shot her latest feature film here in 2019. The Story of My Wife is an international production featuring the world-famous stars Léa Seydoux and Gijs Naber.