Monday, November 9, 2015

The Hungarian railway's train numbering system...

...will revolutionize railways as a whole in Hungary.

Let me chalk it up to all of you who haven't experienced this brilliance yet. This system is going to simplify memorizing different trains by reducing them to four categories:


1.) "személy" - lit. "passenger train"; stops everywhere (marked as S##, where ## is the number of train)
2.) "gyorsított" - "sped up"; skips a few stations (marked as G##)
3.) "zónázó" - "semi-express" (lit. "zoning"); stops everywhere until a set point, skips everything afterwards (marked as Z##)
4.) "express" - stops at one-two stations between terminals (marked as X10) (fun fact, only one of this exists so far, and that only goes back and forth once a week)


Also, it'll give them neato letter/number marks like this:

Do you know how much easier these combinations are to remember than "that one train which goes to the capital"? Seriously, I want to thank the genius who came up with this.

However, this system currently only applies to about 50 or so trains because it's too awesome to implement everywhere, and the other system in place hasn't been abolished to support the oldfags who are unable to go with the times.

So actually, the currently existing categories are:


1.) "személy"
2.) "gyorsított"
3.) "zónázó"
4.) "express"
5.) "gyors" - lit. "fast"; only stops at major stations
6.) "sebes" - lit. "rapid"; somewhere between "gyors" and "személy", not defined properly
7.) InterCity - internationally known and used version of "express"; some of them go abroad
8.) InterRegio - classier version of "sebes"
9.) EuroCity - classier version of InterCity, always goes abroad
10.) EuroNight - hope I don't have to explain
11.) EuroRegio - international InterRegio
12.) railjet - special kind of EuroCity from Germany/Austria


Brilliant, no? 
They say variety is the spice of life, and it seems the Hungarian railways take this saying to heart. Others should do so too.

Seriously, I can't stress enough how awesome this system is. Clearly it was worth the time they took from solving petty issues like "not letting trains be 343 minutes late". 
The people who argue about that should instead be grateful that this company is taking an immense amount of time and effort implementing large-scale changes like this to simplify their lives. Am I right?


(Sidenote: Yup. This blog still exists. Sorry for the absence.)

(I'm not saying I will post more stuff like this (after the apparent abandoning of this blog I think that'd be a very premature thing to do), especially not on a regular basis, but since this was a fun sketch, some posts like this may pop up here and there.)

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