Building partnership!


Building partnership!

Narrow gauge railways as attractions and gates to nature

  • AcronymRailGate
  • Call IDSKHU/1601
  • Priority AxisProtecting natural and cultural heritage
  • Specific objective1.1 To increase the attractiveness of the border area
  • Registration No.SKHU/1601/1.1/031
  • Total Project budget577,929.38 €
  • Total ERDF awarded491,239.97 €
  • Project start date 1 January 2018
  • Project end date31 May 2020
  • Websitehttp://www.detskazeleznica.sk/-railgate
  • Project statusClosed

Miskolc (LÁEV) and Košice (DŽK) historic narrow gauge railways (HNGR) have common history and belong to common cultural heritage in the Central Europe. Over time both HNGRs have been transformed into distinctive specific thematic tourist destinations and „gates to nature” and now there are up to 250 000 local and foreign tourists yearly. Because of poor attention and care in the past, both railways suffer from similar serious problems and face similar challenges how to restore and preserve this specific cultural heritage. The overall objective of the project is to restore and preserve this cultural heritage and through common solutions to enhance their attractiveness to visitors and ensure their long-term and sustainable use. Direct objectives are to improve present state of HNGR´s infrastructure, to improve quality of services and to start a long-term cooperation. Improving bad conditions of infrastructure will be achieved via investments in station buildings, rolling stocks, rail infrastructure and equipment in the stations. The jointly elaborated common Master plan with a marketing strategy will suggest solutions how to preserve, restore, maintain, and promote both HNGRs and how to develop this new integrated tourist area with own products and brand including new green tourist possibilities. Since both railways have much in common and it is necessary to address common challenges, solutions identified in the context of cross-border cooperation have good prospects of being more efficient and also transferable to other similar railways. Enhanced cooperation and joint planning in preparing the Master plan will not only bring exchange of information in the organization, financing and decision-making processes, but also contribute to knowledge of other regions with similar natural and cultural assets. Improving the attractiveness of both HNGRs will direct influence and ensure more visitors - people from the target groups.


Lead Beneficiary / ERDF awarded

Detská železnica Košice

Košice, Aténska 15 040 13


268,708.27 €

Beneficiary 1 / ERDF awarded

ÉSZAKERDŐ Erdőgazdasági Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság

Miskolc, Deák tér 1. 3525


222,531.70 €

Locations of investment


Miskolc, Dorottya utca 1. 3534

Košice - stanica Čermeľ

Košice - stanica Vpred


Closing conference - 2019/11/29 09:00

Closing conference of the project "RailGate - Narrow Gauge Railways as Attractions and Gates to Nature", which aims to preserve, restore and develop this specific cultural heritage

  • Location: Hotel Bankov, Dolný Bankov 2, 04001 Košice
  • Project acronym: RAILGATE
  • Project registration number: SKHU/1601/1.1/031
  • Website: https://www.detskazeleznica.sk/-railgate
  • GPS coordinates: N 48° 44' 50" E 21° 12' 28"
  • Event organized by: Detská železnica Košice, o.z.
  • Contact person: Ing. Igor Holéczy
  • Phone number: +421 910 900 957
  • E-mail address: holeczyi@gmail.com
  • Language of event: Slovak
  • Interpretation: yes
  • Registration is needed: no
  • SKHU/1601/1.1/031 (3)

Closing seminar - 2019/01/18

Closing seminar to introduce strategic development document Master plan

  • Location: Congress hotel Roca, Južná trieda 117, Košice, Slovakia
  • Project acronym: RailGate
  • Project registration number: SKHU/1601/1.1/031
  • Website: http://www.detskazeleznica.sk/-railgate
  • GPS coordinates: N 48,41,51 E 21,15,48
  • Event organized by: Detská železnica Košice
  • Contact person: Igor Holeczy
  • Phone number: +421 910 900 957
  • E-mail address: holeczyi@gmail.com
  • Language of event: Slovak
  • Interpretation: no
  • Registration is needed: no
  • SKHU/1601/1.1/031 (3)