State-owned railway company MAV on Monday launched the first course of instruction for women engine drivers in Hungary. MAV chairwoman-CEO Ilona David said the railway company needed a pool of trained labourers to draw on in the long term. The course started with 21 participants., picked from about 1,100 applicants. MAV's Baross Gabor Education Centre (BGOK) is running the course for MAV's traction unit and regional railway GYSEV, owned by the states of Hungary and Austria.