The first woman in the world whose portrait decorates on a locomotive. It was none other than Queen Elisabeth, the Austrian Empress.
Around midday the press and media representatives where called to Gödöllő to be present at the ceremony.The press gathering was opened by invited V.I.P. guest, who added some thoughts to this unique ceremony.
GYSEV, now has a tradition of keeping up annually decorating their running locomotives with famous individuals faces. The past 3 years were: Haydn, in 2008, István Széchenyi, in 2009, and Ferenc Liszt, in 2010.
Mr. Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister Opened the press conference by saying: “This is the Austrian- Hungarian railway company’s fourth consecutive year. During the past year’s by an excellent choice there were chosen famous Hungarian personalities portrait on these train that were connected to that year’s anniversary.
Mr. Pál Völner, State Secretary for Infrastructure at the National Development Ministry said the following: “The railway company wouldn’t have had found a better person to fit in our latest theme of the locomotives than Queen Elisabeth. The queen spent a lot of time at Gödöllő. She received the castle as a coronation gift and was fond to travel by train. During these times was built the integrated national railways. It isn’t a coincidence that the Queen Elisabeth’s portrait decorates, stands on a modern locomotive and the ceremony is at Gödöllő, in front of the railway station’s royal waiting room.
Grand Duke George Austrian Habsburg, expressed his thanks in the name of his family by saying the known quote of his father: “In these difficult times, you should rely and be optimistic in the future history. Also thanked to have decorated in memory the locomotive to Sisi, the Hungarian Queen.
Ms. Ilona Dávid, President and CEO – GYSEV Inc. The thematic locomotives are trademarks of our railway. Our company is proud of the Sisi-locomotive, we would like to pay tribute to our queen that was blessed with an excellent diplomatic sense.
After the opening ceremony came the main attraction, upon the cut of the national ribbon came pull-off the covering veil by the V.I.P. guests from the Taurus locomotive. The V.I.P.’s received a piece of stripe as a souvenir. By this act the locomotive had been inaugurated and from now on it will be rolling on near and far route.
In Hungary many buildings and institutions are named after Sisi.
Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter