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István Kovács served at the railway station of Romhány in Nógrád county for nearly 30 years, in time as a stationmaster. This is also where he received the news of the closing of lines in 2007, which effected that side line, too: in March that year, the last passenger train rolled into the station. Three years later, in 2010, he was retired. Since then, he hasn’t been to his former workplace – until December, 2017 when I accompanied him back to the station now of flaking plaster where instead of a furnished chief office, he was greeted by a trashed bed stood up against the wall, the station diary last signed by him and the memories of three decades that are invisible to the naked eye.

István Kovács served at the railway station of Romhány in Nógrád county for nearly 30 years, in time as a stationmaster. This is also where he received the news of the closing of lines in 2007, which effected that side line, too: in March that year, the last passenger train rolled into the station. Three years later, in 2010, he was retired. Since then, he hasn’t been to his former workplace – until December, 2017 when I accompanied him back to the station now of flaking plaster where instead of a furnished chief office, he was greeted by a trashed bed stood up against the wall, the station diary last signed by him and the memories of three decades that are invisible to the naked eye.

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István Kovács served at the railway station of Romhány in Nógrád county for nearly 30 years, in time as a stationmaster. This is also where he received the news of the closing of lines in 2007, which effected that side line, too: in March that year, the last passenger train rolled into the station. Three years later, in 2010, he was retired. Since then, he hasn’t been to his former workplace – until December, 2017 when I accompanied him back to the station now of flaking plaster where instead of a furnished chief office, he was greeted by a trashed bed stood up against the wall, the station diary last signed by him and the memories of three decades that are invisible to the naked eye.