author of photo:  Marek Hajkovský

Historická lesná úvraťová železnica, 023 05 Nová Bystrica – Vychylovka
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May – October:
Monday-Friday 9.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Saturday-Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Historical Forest Headland Railway

Experience a unique ride on a forest railway with a headland system which used to help in overcoming elevation problems in short distances. In the past, the railway was used for collecting harvested timber from surrounding forests. The renovated part of the former Kysucko-Oravská forest railway, in part from the
Kubátkovia station to Beskyd saddle (approx. 8 km), has currently become a part of the Museum of the Kysuce Village known as the Historical Forests Headland Railway.

Did you know that... ?

The Beskydy mountain range was too narrow to form serpentines because there was no space to form bends. Headland railways used a system of headlands – places with a point switch, so it was possible for trains to change direction. The system was based on that the locomotive first pulled the set forward, and aſter switching points it moved backwards. This process was repeated until the train finally arrived at its destination.