Man races against 'snail train' to prove his point

Man races against 'snail train' to prove his point
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By Rita Palfi
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A man dressed as a snail in Hungary raced against a train to prove he could outrun the slow pace.


A man in Hungary has dressed up as a snail to outrun a train to show how slow it is.

The 78km journey between the city Debrecen and the town Mátészalka in the east takes 1 hour and 49 minutes by train- the Hungarian State Railway told Euronews.

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Mátészalkaleaks, an activist group in the community told Euronews they used a snail to depict the train's slow pace.

Levente Lintényi from the group said they hope to have the railway entirely renovated with a speed of 80 km per hour for the train, so the trip would cut 45 minutes from the journey.

The trains are said to be so slow because of the poor quality of the track.

Debrecen is the second biggest city in Hungary. People from the town Mátészalka, such as students, workers, travellers, and people using the city's medical facilities use the line.

The local government has promised that 26 km of the railroad will be renovated, but not all parts, in 2020-2021. The rail company told Euronews that it would be paying for the restoration. 

Campaigners say it is not enough and by 2021- other parts of the track will have to be fixed.

The Hungarian railway company MAV said the trains on that line can run with a speed of 60 km per hour, but there are three points where the trains should go slower (around 40-50 km per hour). 

The group is also demanding that water should be available for travellers, so that people can wash their hands after using the toilets. The Hungarian railway does not have a water system on board, as during the winter months it risks freezing.

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