Narrow gauge steam in romania
September 9-17, 2018
Due to the economic isolation of the Country during the Ceausescu years, economic development was retarded even by Soviet-bloc standards but the benefit for us was the retention of many anachronistic narrow gauge, steam hauled railways to serve rural communities and industry.
Our tour offers an insight into this interesting mixture, with visits to industrial, lumber and minor narrow gauge railways along with a chance to visit one of the most outstandingly well preserved medieval cities in central Europe plus a contrast in tram systems! This tour is made possible by Austrian, Georg Hocevar who has done more to develop and preserve Romanian Narrow Gauge Railways than any other. Without Georg and his colleagues this tour just could not happen! The logistics are extraordinary in themselves and will include moving locos in steam by road between different railways and stretches of track!
Day 1 Sunday September 9: (D)
Our tour begins at Sibiu, Romania. Arrival at the airport and self transfer to our hotel in Sibiu. Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 Monday September 10: (B,L)
Morning Cultural Tour of Sibiu then lunchtime coach to Cornatel for a traditional Transylvanian lunch. In the afternoon, we have a private charter steam train on the only operational section of the Sibiu - Agnita Railway (SAR). This line is being resurrected by a very enthusiastic group of mostly young people, who’s primary interest is in the cultural and historical aspects of the railway and the economically regenerative opportunities that such heritage railways can bring. We will ride the Train to Hosman and there will be plenty of opportunities for photo run-bys. Overnight Hotel at Sibiu.
EXPLORE THE SIBIU TRAM SYTEM IF YOU WANT
YOU WILL HAVE A TIME TO EXPLORE THE MEDIEVAL WALLED CITY OF SIBIU
Day 3 Tuesday September 11: (B,D)
We travel by coach to Moldovita and visit Moldovita Monastery (UNESCO heritage) – built 1532 – 1537. Stunning 15th Century painted Monastery. Overnight in a local hotel.
Day 4 Wednesday September 12: (B,L)
A day of narrow gauge steam in Moldovita. Early start to get good photos of steam up at the Depot. Moldovita is a really nice forestry line - with roadside and forest sections and plenty of good photographic vantage points for run-bys etc. Traditional Lunch at the Hunters Lodge (half way). Late afternoon coach transfer to Viseu de Sus for our overnight stay.
ENJOY A DAY ON THE MOLDOVITA RAILWAY NARROW'S GAUGE LINE
Day 5 Thursday 13 September 13: (B)
Refer to day 6 for details. Both days are identical.
Day 6 Friday September 14: (B)
The narrow-gauge forest railway of Viseu de Sus is the last remaining commercial line in operation in Romania (and probably all of Europe!) Besides diesel engines, many steam locomotives are still serviceable, mostly the Resita-built 0-8-0T or their Reghin-built counterparts. Besides these, two more interesting steam locomotives are in running condition. One of them is the 0-8-0 Orenstein & Koppel-built tank locomotive 764 211 and the other is 763 193, an 0-6-0 tank engine with an inside frame build by Krauss in Munich. It came to Viseu de Sus from the forest railway at Moldovita after it closed. (Locos subject to availability at the time). The main line starts in Viseu de Sus at the large sawmill and runs steadily uphill for 27 miles to Coman at the Ukrainian border. Over two days we will travel the whole system including plenty of opportunities to photograph working steam logging trains and two steam trains simultaneously. Option of overnight stay in the mountains or return to Viseu for Hotel (by Railcar). For those who stay overnight in the Lodge in the mountains there will be the added spectacle of horse logging and loading the steam-hauled log train in the forest in the early morning which is a fantastic experience. Evening of Day 6 Friday September 14 transfer by coach to Cluj for overnight stay.
WE SPEND A DAY ON ROMANIA'S FAMOUS VISEU DE SUS LINE
WHICH HAULS WOOD PRODUCTS FROM THE FOREST
SPECTACULAR SCENERY ON THE LAST REGULARLY OPERATED
NARROW GAUGE STEAM HAULED TIMBER RAILROAD IN EUROPE
Day 7 Saturday September 15: (B)
Campegni – Abrud section of the CFR line from Turda to Abrud. We visit the last remaining operational section of the Turda – Abrud line which wound through the Transylvanian mountains, crossing and re-crossing both rivers and Roads on its way. The whole line has not operated since the 1990s but CFI have repaired a short section from Abrud - Campani. The route is along one side of a steep valley and passes Traditional style Romanian Churches and small farmsteads. Our visit will see one of the most remarkable spectacles in European Heritage Rail operation – our loco will be transported to and from the Railway by truck in steam for immediate use! We will travel both ways, with plenty of opportunities to photograph the train. Overnight stay Alba Ulia or Deva area (Hotel TBC).
THE TURDA-ABRUD LINE RUNS THOUGH THE MAJECTIC
Day 8 Sunday September 16: (B)
Real industrial steam! Drive to Brad. Railway Brad – Criscior. Brad – Criscior is a short industrial line from the state railway station in Brad to Criscior which used to be a thermoelectric plant and a factory making mining equipment. Now it is home to Georg Hocevar’s CFI which repairs and restores locos and rolling stock for all over Europe including the UK. Very industrial - and we can ride the bogie wagons! Transfer to Timisoara and overnight.
Day 9 Monday September 17: (B)
Visit Timisoara tramway museum and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Timisoara by tram. Timsoara is a fascinating city with Roman remains and was the seat of the 1989 revolution. Timisoara also has Romania’s pioneering tramway system: the first tramway with horse trams and the first to electrify. Transfer to Timisoara airport and end of tour.
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$1,795
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$295
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$600
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY JUNE 9, 2018
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY DECEMBER 1, 2017$-200
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2018 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.