!!!Warning: road class III. Hronec - Čierny Balog is closed due to bad technical condition.!!!
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History of Čiernohronská railway began in 1908 when the first stretch of track from the Hronec to Čierny Blh (now Čierny Balog) was built with traditional narrow track gauge 760 mm. The first steam train began regular operation on 8th of January 1909 on the 10.4 km long stretch. Other sub-circuits leading to the majority of the valleys of the River Čierny Hron were built gradually, with the assistance of prisoners from World War I. The total length was 131.98 kilometers and reached the climb up to the Dobročský rain forest under massive of Klenovský Vepor. 115 employees secured the operation in the heyday period and in addition to conveying timber (up to 330,000 m3 per year), it transported from 200 to 250 people daily. The railway was in the regular operation until 1982. Despite considerable public opposition, based on Government decision, all operations on the remaining 36 km of railway were terminated on 31st of December 1982. At that time it was already the last forest railway in Slovakia. All equipment - rails, locomotives and coaches were destined for scrapping! Only the enthusiasm and the personal courage of those who managed to stand up to unreasonable bureaucratic decision of former party and government, saved this railway. But it was just a beginning of a long struggle to preserve the railway. Thanks to the last dispatcher Mr. Clement Auxt and local activists the railway entered into the Central government list of cultural monuments. A group of architects from URBION Banská Bystrica initiated continuous work on the restoration and re-launch in the summer of the 1983rd. In the same year tradition of volunteers camps and brigades “Tree of Life” began. It was the last employee of forest plant, linesman Julko Kovalčík "Krasnik", who gave his experience and helped those volunteers to restore the track. The rail traffic was restored on 1. of May 1992 between the Čierny Balog and Vydrovská valley and from the Hronec to Balog in the following year. The Association of the local communities “Čierny Hron microregion” is the owner and operator of Čiernohronská Railway since 1995. The carrier - Čiernohronská railway, non-profit organization, is provider of transport and public services since 2001.
Čiernohronská railway runs daily during the summer season (1.5. - 30.9.) The operation is provided on a renovated section of line from the Chvatimech to Čierny Balog, Vydrovská Valley and to Dobroč, all together 20 km. Orders for a ride are possible at any time throughout the year! Timetable and prices can be found at www.chz.sk. If you are interested in a special train for friends, colleagues or for another opportunity, open a section on our website “train ride”, where you can find special train ticket and all the necessary information. We are also looking forward to school trips and we offer them special discounted fares (for more information, please www.chz.sk, or t. No. + 421 48/619 15 00). Our fleet consists of four steam locomotives, six diesel locomotives and reconstructed historic railcar M21 004.
- Special trains on order throughout the year
- Train ride for induvidual travelers on different routes during the season
- School trips
- Events for companies and travel agencies
- Summer School for steam engine train-driver
- We also cover the background programs (Bandits attack the train, folk music, accordion, folk ensemble performances, food + drink on the train, picnics in the countryside)
Čiernohronská railway offers train travel in three different routes:
GREEN - shortest route (2km) will take you to “open-air forest museum” in the middle of beautiful countryside, which combines relaxation, learning and fun. 68 stops at 3.3 km route speaks about the importance, production, forest protection, its life-giving functions, the work of foresters and timber processing. Stops include the real three-dimensional exhibits with information boards in English and Slovak languages.
BLUE - slightly longer route (4km) offers a scenic ride through primarily logging settlements "United States of Balog." You can also see here a world rarity – the railway track between tribune and football field at Jánošovka. Connect the ride on a train with the possibility of hiking and biking excursions on saddleback Chlpavica and famous sheepfold Zbojská, a mysterious Klenovský Vepor, around Dobročský rainforest, or visit the birthplace of Joseph Dekrét Matejovie. At the ends of walking trails there are panoramic view Pustý Vrch and playground for children.
RED - the longest route (12 km) connects the 52-minute truce of the train ride with the beauty of countryside and picturesque river-basin of Black Hron. This route can be done either from Čierny Balog (which is the Main Station of Čiernohronská railway) to Chvatimech (Podbrezová), or the other way round (from the main road I/66). You can choose a diesel engine train, or add some smell and atmosphere of steam locomotive operating in high season daily like "Hundred years old logging steam train."
The Museum of Čiernohronská railway is situated in the village of Čierny Balog and exposition is free of charge.
- The railway restaurant in the area of Čiernohronská railway
- Buffet in Vydrovo
- The buffet or a pizza place in Chvatimech
- In private pensions – B&B
- Hotel Biathlon in Osrblie
- Cottage Poniklec, Drôtovňa
- Trips to the surrounding villages of Microregion Čierny Hron (marked local tourist paths)
- Visit the Cave of Dead Bats and Bystrianska Cave
- Challenging biking trails and biking trails for families
- Wellness and spa,also natural
Parking is available at all stations and stops and is free of charge!