Corvin Castle, Reșița railway museum and to Oravița
1 This was the view from my hotel window across to Corvin Castle in Hunedoara.
2 Corvin Castle, shortly after opening time but still too late for the sun to be on the frontage. Once again post editing comes to the rescue!
3 Water and the bridge over it to the castle's entrance.
4 Corvin Castle is surrounded by industrial decay. In Communist times Hunedoara was developed unsympathecially around the castle on purpose.
5 Outside Corvin Castle but within the grounds.
6 Being a castle there had to be a display of torture and death!
7 The main courtyard of Corvin Castle.
8 Like the sign says.
9 Looking up at Corvin Castle.
10 And another view up.
11 A bed chamber, looks like it could have been cold!
12 The chapel.
13 Excellent stained glass.
14 More stained glass in the chapel.
15 Tower and spire view.
16 Converging verticals.....
17 What appears to be restored stonework.
18 A view across Hunedoara.
19 A view down from high up on Corvin Castle. Once there would have been a steel works to see beyond the trees in the middle of the photo.
20 The paint may have faded but you get the idea.
21 The impressive Corvin Castle.
22 Signs of building work through the ages.
23 One of several round towers.
24 Courtyard view.
25 Patterned tiles with coloured light from a stained glass window.
26 A statue of Ioan, whoever he was.
27 In the main hall in Corvin Castle.
28 Long tables and uncomfortable looking chairs.
29 Corvin Castle.
30 A corner tower.
31 An old fireplace.
32 A good view over Hunedoara and beyond.
33 Tower fineal and industrial decay.
34 More fineals.
35 Levels at Corvin Castle.
36 Framed by an archway.
37 Presumably the locals were a great deal shorter once?!
38 More torture equipment.
39 Doesn't look like much fun....
40 And that looks pretty uncomfortable as well!
41 Corvin Castle.
42 The entrance gate and a Communist era car.
43 Corvin Castle from a side road in Hunedoara.
44 In the hills between Hunedoara and Hațeg.
45 In the hills south of Hunedoara.
46 In the distance the Carpathians are making a reappearance.
47 Rising out of the plains near Hațeg.
48 When a road sign to Beograd (Belgrade) points west you know you are in Eastern Europe. This was taken in Reşiţa.
49 Reşiţa, home of Romanian locomotive production, has an open air museum with an excellent selection of locos on display.
50 Kobel chimney, dome and safeties.
51 Made in Reşiţa in 1872 when the spelling was different.
52 Locomotive No.28 is a MAVAG (Budapest) product of 1900.
53 Only one loco was obscured by foliage, things were better than I had expected. 131.003, with an auxiliary oil fuel tank on top of the water tank, is one of several Reşiţa built exhibits.
54 Reşiţa doesn't actually indicate which works in the city built a loco, but the works plate does.
55 Cabside detail on 131.003.
56 50.378 is a Reşiţa built copy of a Prussian G10 dating from 1930. However.... the cabside and tender numberplates identify the loco as 50.115. So, take your pick!
57 The tender plates on (apparently) 50.115.
58 Reşiţa version of a German 2-10-0 Class 50, this loco being 150.038 built in 1955.
59 Maker's palte on 150.038.
60 Some of the 150s were fitted with double Kylchap exhaust systems but 150.038 isn't one of them.
61 The tender of 150.038. On top of the water tank and behind the coal space is the oil tank for the oil over coal firing system popular on locos in Romania.
62 Perhaps the star of the museum in Reşiţa is 142.072, a 2-8-4 express passenger loco. The 142 were copies of the Austrian class 214 (later class 12).
63 The class 142s were fitted with poppet valves as per the Austrian locos they were (more or less) copied from.
64 Feedwater pump and heat exchanger on the running board of 142.072.
65 The 142's have interesting chassis with holes cut to prevent the ends of stays rubbing.
66 The business end of 142.072.
67 A side view of the impressive 142.072.
68 Naturally the Prussian P8 4-6-0 type made it to Romania. This loco, 230.128, is a Romanian copy of a P8 being built in Reşiţa in 1935.
69 Made in Reşiţa but in a different workshop to other locos in the museum.
70 Worksplate on 230.128.
71 An Austrian 0-10-0 in Reşiţa museum. 50.025. In Austria these locos were class 80. It was built in 1921 at StEG Wien.
72 The class 50 has a very long piston rod and valve rod which both require intermediate support bearings.
73 50.025 at Reşiţa museum.
74 Industrial 2-8-0t CFU 29, built in Reşiţa in 1952.
75 Last hope spark arrestor!
76 CFU 14, an industrial 0-6-0t built in 1954.
77 CFU 14, maximum speed 40 kph.
78 Looking down the line of locos at the open air Reşiţa museum. A museum which features free WiFi!
79 Narrow and standard gauge exhibits at Reşiţa museum.
80 There absolutely had to be one of these! CFF 764.493. An example of the "standard" 760mm 0-8-0t to be found throughout Romania. This one dates form 1959.
81 764.493 and, behind, 50.025.
82 More narrow and standard gauge exhibits.
83 Another popular narrow gauge type is represented by 0-8-0t 704.404. This 760mm gauge loco dates from 1944.
84 Chimney, dome with worksplate and safeties. Even the water tank has a cast capaciity notice on it.
85 704.404 with Kobel type spark arresting chimney.
86 704.404 with P8 copy 230.128 behind.
87 760mm gauge 704.402 "Principesa Elena", built in 1925. This 0-8-0t was out shopped fitted with superheating, not that common a thing on narrow gauge locos.
88 "Principesa Elena" from the front.
89 The oldest locomotive on display at Reşiţa museum is also the first locomotive built at the works. 0-4-0T ‘Resicza’ dates from 1872.
90 760mm gauge tender loco 704.209 was built in 1917 by StEG in Wien.
91 764.001, built in 1952 in Reşiţa, represents a class of 244 locos.
92 764.001 at Reşiţa museum.
93 764.103, an enlarged version of the previously seen 764.001 type. Again, 244 of this class were built.
94 A side view of the G10 copy with two numbers....
95 Locos at Reşiţa museum.
96 Oraviţa station with 50.065 on display.
97 Oraviţa is an important place in Romanian railway history.
98 Commemorative signs at Oraviţa station.
99 And another commemorative sign, this one for the 150th anniversary of the Oraviţa to Anina line.
100 Oraviţa station.
101 0-10-0 50.065 on display at Oraviţa. This 0-10-0 was built by StEG (Wien) in 1921 for the Austrian kkStB as a class 80. This locomotive was employed on special trains to Anina but these are now handled by diesel instead.
102 50.065 is fenced in for protection. Behind is Oraviţa depot.
103 50.065 has a pair of air pumps to cope with the demand for air on the long descent from Anina. Interestingly each pump is of a different type!
104 Cabside view of 50.065. The handles and rods running diagonally operate the two blowdown valves fitted, one on the throatplate and the other on the boiler barrel.
105 Valve rod support.
106 Oraviţa station looking east. No service trains run here anymore, only the daily tourist train to Anina.
107 Oraviţa depot, sadly the buildings are not in great condition.
108 At the western end of the depot was diesel electric loco 73 0001.
109 The coaches used on the tourist service to Anina.
110 Oraviţa station.
111 Track maintenance vehicles at Oraviţa.
112 A view from my hotel room balcony. The hills in the distance are over the border in Serbia.