The Vasskert campsite Sovata is really nice, it's beautifully laid out with excellent facilities and friendly owners. Surrounded on three sides by trees with a river running along at the back of the site it is both quiet and relaxing, I decided to take a break for a few days. Unfortunately the weather's been changeable with both really hot sunshine and quite a bit of rain, heavy at times with rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning. It hasn't really spoilt the break though as I've sunbathed and walked on the good days and read and relaxed on the rainy days.
I'd picked up a brochure when I arrived offering a trip on an old steam train, it sounded fun and I was keen to try it. Unfortunately the day I planned to go it was raining, not the best way to see and enjoy the scenery so I waited another day only to find that the train wasn't running, so with positive thoI kept my fingers crossed and looked hopefully to a third day, which proved to be ideal. The sun shone as I made my way the short distance to the 'station' in fact it was just a small car park with the old and slightly rusty track along the back edge. It was ten thirty, departure was at eleven. Two open sided ancient carriages were waiting, a number of people were already aboard, there was no sign of the engine. With five minutes to go before departure I heard a rumble and the engine made an appearance slowly backing up and hooking up to the carriages. Within minutes the whistle sounded, steam hissed and we were under way. The journey took a little under an hour to reach it's destination, not a station but a spot in the countryside. There was a mobile loo, although most of the passengers disappeared into the bushes, an old Dacia estate car with a table at the back selling drinks and cakes, nothing more. Everybody took photo's, stretched there legs and ten minutes later we set off for the return trip. No one of the worlds best steam engine experiences but two hours aboard an old steam engine, beautiful scenery and a lovely sunny day. It was a great experience and all for just €4.50, what more could you want.
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