Eastern Europe, 01-20 September 2016
05 September 2016
Oravița - Anina train
Oraviţa station in morning sun.
Typical European style detination board on the tourist train from Oraviţa to Anina and back.
Motive power for the day, Bo-Bo 69 0005.
The dilapidated goods shed at Oraviţa.
69 0005 and its short train to Anina waits time at Oraviţa.
Oraviţa shed with 73 0001 on the right.
The cabside of 69 0005, a tall loco.
History of the line to Anina.
The spartan coaches in use on the tourist train.
Disused facilities at Oraviţa.
A feature of the 34km long line is 10 viaducts. This one is only a short distance out of Oraviţa.
Another (unfortunate) feature of the line is out of control vegetation which detracts from the views.
The line to Anina was built to serve the coal mining industry. No coal is mined these days but remants of the past can be seen.
Community with its purpose gone....
At Halta Calnio the train stopped and, amazingly, there was some custom in the form of some German linesiders who joined for the journey to Anina and back.
A typical view, when the trees allowed.
Jitin viaduct, 37m high, and a maintenance gang at work.
In the hills.
The line is heavily engineered such as here with a very substantial retaining wall.
The train paused at Garliște before entering the longest tunnel of 14 tunnels on the line at 1428m long.
The rear vestibule door was open to help photographers.
Viaduct and tunnel on the upper section of the line.
Given the ride it would have been easy to fall out but hey, it's Romania!
Remains of the mining industry on the approach to Anina.
Anina coal mine, as was.
The train's got the road into Anina station.
69 0005 wasted no time in running round at Anina.
Anina station and the short tourist train.
Another commemerative plaque.
Waving the loco onto the coaches at Anina.
Ready for the run back down the hill to Oraviţa.
Railway staff relaxing at Anina.
Remains of Anina coal mine.
Whilst the train is run for tourists on the downhill leg a few locals with a heavu barrel of something were dropped off at Garliște.
Garliște station, which is not on the same level as the running line.
View from a viaduct.
A running in sign at Halta Bradisoru de Jos.
And back at Oraviţa, 69 0005 alongside 50.065 which used to work these trains.
Trainee guard and wheel tapper (Dave Hurd?) back at Oraviţa.
69 0005 runs round at Oraviţa.
Back in Reşiţa with signs of the once busy tram system still to be seen.
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