The narrow-gauge

Some days, the narrow-gauge railways were not a rarity for the Carpathian Mountains. They were built for the freight trains to transport the wood. The passenger lines have not been arranged as yet.

Leopold Popper-Podhragy.

The Mizunka line, the itinerary which is offered to you, was launched by the Austrian entrepreneur Leopold Popper-Podhragy, the Baron. He transferred the office of his company from Hungary to Halychyna where he continued dealing in the timber harvesting, conversion, and sale of the wood.

At those times, the narrow-gauge railways and the forest industry were the interest of not just one guy. That sphere was a good chance for many people to climb up the social ladder, as they say. Brothers barons Gradly in Skole Beskids and Graphs Pototskyi in Osmolod laid 3 narrow-gauge railways for 20 years. It was really cool at those times. Frankly, as well as nowadays)

World War I.

Because of World War I the owners of the Carpathian woods returned to Austria. The Poppers’ mini-empire in Vyhoda was transferred to Silviniia Joint-Stock Company of England. The company opened the narrow-gauge railways for the tourists. Since then the Europeans could enjoy the amazing beauty of our Carpathians.

In 1920 in Mizunka River valley, the 3rd narrow-gauge railway was laid. This is 24 km of picturesque beauty and an abundance of impressions. The route led to the Sobol Station (nowadays – Myndunok) and passed 5 cities. By 1939 Vyhoda Line was 65 km long and accumulated places of interest for recreation.

Historical curiosity:

The first crews have put the horses to the charts. How romantic, just imagine!! And after a little while, the pulling force was substituted by the locomotives.