03 September 2016

760mm gauge steam at Abrud and Crișcior
DSC2383  On the road from Alba Iulia to Abrud. : Romania DSC2385  A scene very typical of rural Romania, haystacks everywhere. : Romania DSC2387  A fat haystack. : Romania
DSC2390  At Abrud, first working steam I found in Romania. This line, open as far as Câmpeni, is 760mm gauge and was part of a much longer line which ran through to the industrial city of Turda. : Romania DSC2391  The locomotive in use was CFI 762.209. It is left here, in the open, between service days. : Romania DSC2393  CFI 762.209 at Abrud. CFI indicates an former industrial service locomotive. Bags of coal for the loco are dumped on the ground. : Romania
DSC2395  At Abrud with an inspection car which originated in Austria. : Romania DSC2398  At Abrud the railway no longer runs to the site of the station, but stops a little way short. : Romania DSC2400  Abrud station yard. Precious few locomotive facilities and even less for visitors! : Romania
DSC2404  The ex-Austrian inspection car has also spent time of the CFF Vişeu system. : Romania DSC2407  Prepping 762.209 at Abrud. : Romania DSC2410  CFI 762.209 is a German built loco, a Krauss of 1917, works number 7282. : Romania
DSC2413  Oiling up. : Romania DSC2417  The view towards Câmpeni. : Romania DSC2418  Haystacks in a field next to the railway in Abrud. : Romania
DSC2421  762.209 seemed to have a significant blow past the regulator. : Romania DSC2424  The morning in Abrud was warm and sunny with a lovely light quality. : Romania DSC2426  There was an interesting looking coupling between the loco and coach and no continuous brakes. : Romania
DSC2429  Photographed taking a photo. : Romania DSC2438  More haystacks in the fields alongside the railway. : Romania DSC2440  The former station building at Gura Rosiei (I think). Due to the lack of passengers this turned out to be as far as the train ran, sadly no trip to Câmpeni. : Romania
DSC2443  Back at Abrud some hours before I had expected, 762.209 waits for its afternoon passengers. : Romania DSC2445  At as Câmpeni the line crosses the Arieş river on a fairly long bridge. The train no longer runs this far. : Romania DSC2446  Road sign at as Câmpeni. : Romania
DSC2449  Alongside the road at as Câmpeni is a loco and a few vehicles on display. Forestry loco 764.402R leads the display. : Romania DSC2450  CFI 764.402R was built to the standard ‘Resita’ pattern by IUPS Reghin in 1984. : Romania DSC2451  CFI 764.402R and its short display train. : Romania
DSC2455  Boiler ID plate fixed to the smokebox of 764.402R. : Romania DSC2461  As can be found in many parts of Romania where forestry is a major industry Câmpeni has a wooden arch over the road at the town limit. : Romania DSC2464  The site of Câmpeni station, not much room for trains amongst the wood but at least the track remains. : Romania
DSC2466  Câmpeni station building has (hopefully) seen better days in the past. : Romania DSC2468  Câmpeni station and yard. : Romania DSC2471  I guess it is pronounced differently in Romanian….. : Romania
DSC2473  This is, amazingly, an open railway! : Romania DSC2476  Another wooden arch over the road, this time at Cârpenis, with the classic rural transport system in action. : Romania DSC2479  Rural view in Abrud. : Romania
DSC2486  The unexpectedly short train trip meant a change of plan, it gave me time to head over to the Brad – Criscior line. The road was scenic! : Romania DSC2487  On the Abrud to Brad road. : Romania DSC2492  Fortunate timing at Crișcior. As I arrived Resita 0-8-0t Crișcior 5 appeared around the corner. : Romania
DSC2496  Crișcior 5 heads towards the former heating plant where the loco is based. The line brought coal here when the plant was open. : Romania DSC2498  Heading into the works. : Romania DSC2500  A sunbathing Romanian dog. : Romania
DSC2501  The former heating plant at Crișcior is now home to a railway business and is the starting point for the tourist trains to Brad. : Romania DSC2503  Crișcior 5 and its short train, which would form the 13:00 to Brad. : Romania DSC2504  Crișcior 5 at Crișcior. : Romania
DSC2508  It may look overgrown but things still go on here! : Romania DSC2509  There is a lot of kit of various sorts dumped in the yard at Crișcior works. : Romania DSC2511  Mixed gauge at Crișcior. : Romania
DSC2513  Crișcior 5 seen from the foot of the ramp used to load locos on to lorries. : Romania DSC2514  Stored stock at Crișcior. : Romania DSC2517  Coaches of Austrian origin at Crișcior. : Romania
DSC2518  Not sure if the loaded coaches were on their way in or out. : Romania DSC2521  Not much left of this Mariazellerbahn electric loco. : Romania DSC2522  It has probably looked like this for decades. : Romania
DSC2523  Locos from the Mariazellerbahn in Austria are now stored at Crișcior awaiting further use. From right to left they are 2095 014, 1099 009, 1099 005, 1099 003 & 2095 011. : Romania DSC2525  Mariazellerbahn electrics at Crișcior with 1099 005 in the middle of the frame. : Romania DSC2526  A coach body sits in a pile of sand alongside 2095 011 ex of the Mariazellerbahn. : Romania
DSC2527  Impressive wagons for 760mm gauge. : Romania DSC2528  I guess this is where sand blasting happens… : Romania DSC2533  Wagon and carriage bits. : Romania
DSC2535  Crișcior 5 waits time alongside a tender and diesel loco. : Romania DSC2538  Crișcior 5 in the industrial setting of the former heating plant at Crișcior. : Romania DSC2541  Crișcior 5 and a level crossing sign, which given the layout of the place, seemed pretty incongruous. : Romania
DSC2547  Heading away from Crișcior alongside the heating system pipes which used to feed a large market garden. : Romania DSC2548  Derelict greenhouses which used to form a part of the large market garden, presumably closure followed the collapse of Communism. : Romania DSC2552  Romanian house on the edge of Brad, seen from the train. : Romania
DSC2560  On the approach to Brad station the 760mm gauge line has a flat crossing with the now closed standard gauge line which once served the area. : Romania DSC2562  There is no loop at Brad to allow running round, the procedure undertaken would frighten many “modern” operators elsewhere in the world. The first move was to cut the loco off and run it to one side. Also of note is the mixed gauge track. : Romania DSC2570  Having failed to gravity shunt the coaches the loco and a tow rope returned but with the points set against it. : Romania
DSC2572  So, now attach the rope to one corner of the coach and to the loco's coupler. : Romania DSC2580  Then the loco sets back pulling the coaches whilst heading off down a different road. The final move was to disconnect the rope to allow the coaches to roll far enough past the points to release the loco. : Romania DSC2590  Run round complete the coaches were drawn back to the "station". : Romania
DSC2592  Crișcior 5 at Brad. : Romania DSC2599  Crișcior 5's front end. : Romania DSC2601  Crișcior 5 side on at Brad. : Romania
DSC2606  Built at Reşiţa in 1951. : Romania DSC2614  Crișcior at Brad, waiting departure time of 14:00. : Romania DSC2616  Crișcior 5 at Brad. : Romania
DSC2618  The derelict standard gauge station at Brad, looks like it was important once in its life. : Romania DSC2632  The 14:00 Brad to Crișcior was briefly held up. Such asre the problems with running up the street can be where people park their cars! : Romania 20160903 140938  It wasn't too long before the owners appeared to move their cars. : Eastern Europe
DSC2643  Back at Crișcior as No.5 runs round. : Romania DSC2650  Pipes and works. : Romania DSC2652  The Brad to Crișcior line is scheduled as an historic monument. : Romania
DSC2653  The track leading to Crișcior. No preserved line manicure here. : Romania DSC2655  No one seemed concerned by the grass fires caused by the loco. : Romania DSC2658  No sign of the fire burning out, helped by a decent breeze. : Romania
DSC2670  Wiring at its best! : Romania DSC2672  The 15:00 Crișcior to Brad approaches Brad Biserica. : Romania DSC2675  Brad Biserica forms the backdrop for Crișcior 5 on the 15:00 from Crișcior. : Romania
DSC2684  The 15:00 service had been reduced to a single coach, more than adequate for the handful of passengers. It is doubt if the number of people travelling on the day's two trains will have covered the oeprating costs but it is to be hoped this line will survive. : Romania DSC2687  It is sad to see the state of the buildings at Brad station. : Romania DSC2688  The grand old station at Brad. No trains call here anymore. : Romania
DSC2690  Brad station. : Romania DSC2691  The standard gauge shed at Brad. : Romania DSC2692  The sadly crumbling station at Brad. : Romania
DSC2694  Looking up rover at Brad in the direction of Crișcior. : Romania DSC2698  The 16:00 Brad to Crișcior, entirely devoid of passengers, crosses the river in Brad. : Romania DSC2715  Crișcior 5 leads it train towards its destination at Crișcior. : Romania
DSC2719  The Brad to Deva line has an interesting and unhappy history. It was started with slave labour during WWII not being completed until Communist times. It lasted as an open railway for a very short time due, it is said, to poor quality materials and an unstable right of way. : Romania DSC2722  A modern looking but unused viaduct on the Brad to Deva line. : Romania DSC2723  Deva citadel on the hill. Another place to visit "next time"! : Romania
DSC2725  Romania is full of industrial decay but, near Hunedoara, was a working steel plant. it is much reduced in size from what was here in Communist time but at least it is still open and providing employment. : Romania