Watch the bogey change
The rail tracks in Europe are a bit narrower than in the former Soviet Union and its allies. Therefore the wheels have to be changed. Each carriage is slowly lifted up and they roll the bogeys away and then roll the next ones under and the hydraulic lift brings you back down. In our compartment they had to take 3 heavy metal bars out of a hole in the luggage section underneath the bottom bunk and then later they put them back in. This is an additional safety feature to keep the rails in place.
After the bogey change when you have your passport back you can leave the carriage. We stayed 5 hours in Chop in total. There is a toilet in the building by the bogey change, though the door is unmarked and it's not separated by sex. Bring your own paper. And I don't remember that there was a tap to wash your hands.
Just across the street near the border station there is a small square with a monument in the middle. Later on I saw a kid playing there. Around lunch time there was a small stand selling hot snacks like some deep fried pastry with savoury stuffing at a very low price. I didn't buy anything because we had all the food we needed with us.
On the big square in front of the regional train station there are some official looking buildings. The one on the second picture had a nice architecture.
Streets in Chop are not in the best shape, see picture three for a street scene. Somewhere off the main street down a small street there was also a market area.
Local train station
Next door to the border station is the empty station for the local trains. The small ticket window was closed and I actually doubt that there are that many trains running. On the wall you can find a map of the local train lines. From outside the building looks very impressive.
Soviet style border station
There is a separate station for the international and long distance trains. When we arrived there were uniforms swarming all over the platform. Passports were collected and customs asked about foreign cash. After a longish while the passports came back and our carriage being the only through carriage was taken to change the boogey wheels.
The station's attraction are the two large Soviet paintings in the big hall. There is also a timetable hanging there and ticket windows and a kiosk. Also the public toilets are there. For once they are free of charge, but bring your own loo paper.
We had couple of hours before catching bus to Hungary, so we decided to check out what is Chop is. We had about an hour walk around railway station area, and what we saw did not make us too excited. Unfortunaly, mainly there are old five-store buildings, many small private houses, some of them very bad looking, few war monuments. The people what we saw, were mainly gipsy, some ukrainians and hungarians. Well, watching architecture, feels like soviet spirit still lives there.
- Road Trip
The war memorial is located next to the church. It is of the Second World War and in Soviet style. At the bottom of each corner there is a big red star.
Since Chop belonged for most of its existence to Hungary, it's not surprising that the opening times of the church are written in Hungarian. I couldn't find the name of the church anywhere.