2 A scene very typical of rural Romania, haystacks everywhere.
3 A fat haystack.
4 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.
5 The locomotive in use was CFI 762.209. It is left here, in the open, between service days.
6 CFI 762.209 at Abrud. CFI indicates an former industrial service locomotive. Bags of coal for the loco are dumped on the ground.
7 At Abrud with an inspection car which originated in Austria.
8 At Abrud the railway no longer runs to the site of the station, but stops a little way short.
9 Abrud station yard. Precious few locomotive facilities and even less for visitors!
10 The ex-Austrian inspection car has also spent time of the CFF Vişeu system.
11 Prepping 762.209 at Abrud.
12 CFI 762.209 is a German built loco, a Krauss of 1917, works number 7282.
13 Oiling up.
14 The view towards Câmpeni.
15 Haystacks in a field next to the railway in Abrud.
16 762.209 seemed to have a significant blow past the regulator.
17 The morning in Abrud was warm and sunny with a lovely light quality.
18 There was an interesting looking coupling between the loco and coach and no continuous brakes.
19 Photographed taking a photo.
20 More haystacks in the fields alongside the railway.
21 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.
22 Back at Abrud some hours before I had expected, 762.209 waits for its afternoon passengers.
23 At as Câmpeni the line crosses the Arieş river on a fairly long bridge. The train no longer runs this far.
24 Road sign at as Câmpeni.
25 Alongside the road at as Câmpeni is a loco and a few vehicles on display. Forestry loco 764.402R leads the display.
26 CFI 764.402R was built to the standard ‘Resita’ pattern by IUPS Reghin in 1984.
27 CFI 764.402R and its short display train.
28 Boiler ID plate fixed to the smokebox of 764.402R.
29 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.
30 The site of Câmpeni station, not much room for trains amongst the wood but at least the track remains.
31 Câmpeni station building has (hopefully) seen better days in the past.
32 Câmpeni station and yard.
33 I guess it is pronounced differently in Romanian…..
34 This is, amazingly, an open railway!
35 Another wooden arch over the road, this time at Cârpenis, with the classic rural transport system in action.
36 Rural view in Abrud.
37 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!
38 On the Abrud to Brad road.
39 Fortunate timing at Crișcior. As I arrived Resita 0-8-0t Crișcior 5 appeared around the corner.
40 Crișcior 5 heads towards the former heating plant where the loco is based. The line brought coal here when the plant was open.
41 Heading into the works.
42 A sunbathing Romanian dog.
43 The former heating plant at Crișcior is now home to a railway business and is the starting point for the tourist trains to Brad.
44 Crișcior 5 and its short train, which would form the 13:00 to Brad.
45 Crișcior 5 at Crișcior.
46 It may look overgrown but things still go on here!
47 There is a lot of kit of various sorts dumped in the yard at Crișcior works.
48 Mixed gauge at Crișcior.
49 Crișcior 5 seen from the foot of the ramp used to load locos on to lorries.
50 Stored stock at Crișcior.
51 Coaches of Austrian origin at Crișcior.
52 Not sure if the loaded coaches were on their way in or out.
53 Not much left of this Mariazellerbahn electric loco.
54 It has probably looked like this for decades.
55 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.
56 Mariazellerbahn electrics at Crișcior with 1099 005 in the middle of the frame.
57 A coach body sits in a pile of sand alongside 2095 011 ex of the Mariazellerbahn.
58 Impressive wagons for 760mm gauge.
59 I guess this is where sand blasting happens…
60 Wagon and carriage bits.
61 Crișcior 5 waits time alongside a tender and diesel loco.
62 Crișcior 5 in the industrial setting of the former heating plant at Crișcior.
63 Crișcior 5 and a level crossing sign, which given the layout of the place, seemed pretty incongruous.
64 Heading away from Crișcior alongside the heating system pipes which used to feed a large market garden.
65 Derelict greenhouses which used to form a part of the large market garden, presumably closure followed the collapse of Communism.
66 Romanian house on the edge of Brad, seen from the train.
67 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.
68 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.
69 Having failed to gravity shunt the coaches the loco and a tow rope returned but with the points set against it.
70 So, now attach the rope to one corner of the coach and to the loco's coupler.
71 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.
72 Run round complete the coaches were drawn back to the "station".
73 Crișcior 5 at Brad.
74 Crișcior 5's front end.
75 Crișcior 5 side on at Brad.
76 Built at Reşiţa in 1951.
77 Crișcior at Brad, waiting departure time of 14:00.
78 Crișcior 5 at Brad.
79 The derelict standard gauge station at Brad, looks like it was important once in its life.
80 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!
81 It wasn't too long before the owners appeared to move their cars.
82 Back at Crișcior as No.5 runs round.
83 Pipes and works.
84 The Brad to Crișcior line is scheduled as an historic monument.
85 The track leading to Crișcior. No preserved line manicure here.
86 No one seemed concerned by the grass fires caused by the loco.
87 No sign of the fire burning out, helped by a decent breeze.
88 Wiring at its best!
89 The 15:00 Crișcior to Brad approaches Brad Biserica.
90 Brad Biserica forms the backdrop for Crișcior 5 on the 15:00 from Crișcior.
91 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.
92 It is sad to see the state of the buildings at Brad station.
93 The grand old station at Brad. No trains call here anymore.
94 Brad station.
95 The standard gauge shed at Brad.
96 The sadly crumbling station at Brad.
97 Looking up rover at Brad in the direction of Crișcior.
98 The 16:00 Brad to Crișcior, entirely devoid of passengers, crosses the river in Brad.
99 Crișcior 5 leads it train towards its destination at Crișcior.
100 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.
101 A modern looking but unused viaduct on the Brad to Deva line.
102 Deva citadel on the hill. Another place to visit "next time"!
103 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.