04 September 2016

Corvin Castle, Reșița railway museum and to Oravița
DSC2733  This was the view from my hotel window across to Corvin Castle in Hunedoara. : Romania DSC2735  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! : Romania DSC2736  Water and the bridge over it to the castle's entrance. : Romania
DSC2737  Corvin Castle is surrounded by industrial decay. In Communist times Hunedoara was developed unsympathecially around the castle on purpose. : Romania DSC2738  Outside Corvin Castle but within the grounds. : Romania DSC2741  Being a castle there had to be a display of torture and death! : Romania
DSC2742  The main courtyard of Corvin Castle. : Romania DSC2743  Like the sign says. : Romania DSC2746  Looking up at Corvin Castle. : Romania
DSC2748  And another view up. : Romania DSC2750  A bed chamber, looks like it could have been cold! : Romania DSC2751  The chapel. : Romania
DSC2754  Excellent stained glass. : Romania DSC2755  More stained glass in the chapel. : Romania DSC2756  Tower and spire view. : Romania
DSC2758  Converging verticals..... : Romania DSC2759  What appears to be restored stonework. : Romania DSC2760  A view across Hunedoara. : Romania
DSC2762  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. : Romania DSC2764  The paint may have faded but you get the idea. : Romania DSC2765  The impressive Corvin Castle. : Romania
DSC2766  Signs of building work through the ages. : Romania DSC2767  One of several round towers. : Romania DSC2769  Courtyard view. : Romania
DSC2770  Patterned tiles with coloured light from a stained glass window. : Romania DSC2772  A statue of Ioan, whoever he was. : Romania DSC2773  In the main hall in Corvin Castle. : Romania
DSC2774  Long tables and uncomfortable looking chairs. : Romania DSC2775  Corvin Castle. : Romania DSC2776  A corner tower. : Romania
DSC2779  An old fireplace. : Romania DSC2781  A good view over Hunedoara and beyond. : Romania DSC2784  Tower fineal and industrial decay. : Romania
DSC2785  More fineals. : Romania DSC2786  Levels at Corvin Castle. : Romania DSC2787  Framed by an archway. : Romania
DSC2788  Presumably the locals were a great deal shorter once?! : Romania DSC2791  More torture equipment. : Romania DSC2792  Doesn't look like much fun.... : Romania
DSC2794  And that looks pretty uncomfortable as well! : Romania DSC2795  Corvin Castle. : Romania DSC2800  The entrance gate and a Communist era car. : Romania
DSC2807  Corvin Castle from a side road in Hunedoara. : Romania DSC2812  In the hills between Hunedoara and Hațeg. : Romania DSC2813  In the hills south of Hunedoara. : Romania
DSC2816  In the distance the Carpathians are making a reappearance. : Romania DSC2820  Rising out of the plains near Hațeg. : Romania 20160904 150952  When a road sign to Beograd (Belgrade) points west you know you are in Eastern Europe. This was taken in Reşiţa. : Eastern Europe
DSC2847  Reşiţa, home of Romanian locomotive production, has an open air museum with an excellent selection of locos on display. : Romania DSC2823  Kobel chimney, dome and safeties. : Romania DSC2827  Made in Reşiţa in 1872 when the spelling was different. : Romania
DSC2843  Locomotive No.28 is a MAVAG (Budapest) product of 1900. : Romania DSC2850  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. : Romania DSC2851  Reşiţa doesn't actually indicate which works in the city built a loco, but the works plate does. : Romania
DSC2853  Cabside detail on 131.003. : Romania DSC2855  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! : Romania DSC2857  The tender plates on (apparently) 50.115. : Romania
DSC2859  Reşiţa version of a German 2-10-0 Class 50, this loco being 150.038 built in 1955. : Romania DSC2863  Maker's palte on 150.038. : Romania DSC2841  Some of the 150s were fitted with double Kylchap exhaust systems but 150.038 isn't one of them. : Romania
DSC2870  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. : Romania DSC2867  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). : Romania DSC2871  The class 142s were fitted with poppet valves as per the Austrian locos they were (more or less) copied from. : Romania
DSC2874  Feedwater pump and heat exchanger on the running board of 142.072. : Romania DSC2834  The 142's have interesting chassis with holes cut to prevent the ends of stays rubbing. : Romania DSC2833  The business end of 142.072. : Romania
DSC2875  A side view of the impressive 142.072. : Romania DSC2880  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. : Romania DSC2885  Made in Reşiţa but in a different workshop to other locos in the museum. : Romania
DSC2886  Worksplate on 230.128. : Romania DSC2891  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. : Romania DSC2835  The class 50 has a very long piston rod and valve rod which both require intermediate support bearings. : Romania
DSC2837  50.025 at Reşiţa museum. : Romania DSC2895  Industrial 2-8-0t CFU 29, built in Reşiţa in 1952. : Romania DSC2898  Last hope spark arrestor! : Romania
DSC2901  CFU 14, an industrial 0-6-0t built in 1954. : Romania DSC2907  CFU 14, maximum speed 40 kph. : Romania DSC2839  Looking down the line of locos at the open air Reşiţa museum. A museum which features free WiFi! : Romania
DSC2840  Narrow and standard gauge exhibits at Reşiţa museum. : Romania DSC2913  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. : Romania DSC2917  764.493 and, behind, 50.025. : Romania
DSC2821  More narrow and standard gauge exhibits. : Romania DSC2919  Another popular narrow gauge type is represented by 0-8-0t 704.404. This 760mm gauge loco dates from 1944. : Romania DSC2921  Chimney, dome with worksplate and safeties. Even the water tank has a cast capaciity notice on it. : Romania
DSC2923  704.404 with Kobel type spark arresting chimney. : Romania DSC2928  704.404 with P8 copy 230.128 behind. : Romania DSC2924  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. : Romania
DSC2927  "Principesa Elena" from the front. : Romania DSC2932  The oldest locomotive on display at Reşiţa museum is also the first locomotive built at the works. 0-4-0T ‘Resicza’ dates from 1872. : Romania DSC2936  760mm gauge tender loco 704.209 was built in 1917 by StEG in Wien. : Romania
DSC2937  764.001, built in 1952 in Reşiţa, represents a class of 244 locos. : Romania DSC2940  764.001 at Reşiţa museum. : Romania DSC2944  764.103, an enlarged version of the previously seen 764.001 type. Again, 244 of this class were built. : Romania
DSC2945  A side view of the G10 copy with two numbers.... : Romania DSC2947  Locos at Reşiţa museum. : Romania DSC2951  Oraviţa station with 50.065 on display. : Romania
DSC2952  Oraviţa is an important place in Romanian railway history. : Romania DSC2954  Commemorative signs at Oraviţa station. : Romania DSC2955  And another commemorative sign, this one for the 150th anniversary of the Oraviţa to Anina line. : Romania
DSC2956  Oraviţa station. : Romania DSC2957  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. : Romania DSC2960  50.065 is fenced in for protection. Behind is Oraviţa depot. : Romania
DSC2964  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! : Romania DSC2967  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. : Romania DSC2969  Valve rod support. : Romania
DSC2972  Oraviţa station looking east. No service trains run here anymore, only the daily tourist train to Anina. : Romania DSC2973  Oraviţa depot, sadly the buildings are not in great condition. : Romania DSC2978  At the western end of the depot was diesel electric loco 73 0001. : Romania
DSC2979  The coaches used on the tourist service to Anina. : Romania DSC2980  Oraviţa station. : Romania DSC2982  Track maintenance vehicles at Oraviţa. : Romania
DSC2989  A view from my hotel room balcony. The hills in the distance are over the border in Serbia. : Romania