Last spring I have decided to take a trip to Bigar waterfalls which is about 160 km away from Timisoara. My plan was to drive through Resita because I wanted to visit the steam locomotive museum which is located between the old and the new part of the town, in the neighborhood called Triaj or Railroad yard in English. After almost two hours of driving I have reached the locomotive museum.
In the steam locomotive museum you can find different types of steam locomotives which were built entirely in Resita, you can even find there the first steam locomotive which was built in the Reșița locomotive factory. Also, you will find both standard and narrow gauge steam locomotives.
I will start this post with some photos of the narrow gauge locomotives found in the locomotive museum after that, you will see some standard gauge locomotives.
This was the first steam locomotive built in Resita in 1872 and it was designed for a 948 mm gauge railway. It was used between 1872 and 1937 and it had the magical number of 2.
704.402 – Principesa Elena
The Principesa Elena was the second superheated steam locomotive of the 700 series built at the Locomotive factory in Reșița. This type of steam locomotive was in operation till 1970.
The series 764 was a very common type of steam locomotive and they were very common especially on narrow forestry railways and the CFR rail network. They were designed in order to pull various types of cargo within the areas serviced by the Narrow Railway Depot. Between 1952-1959 a total of 244 locomotives were manufactured at Reșița.
This tender locomotive was used especially on industrial lines. These locomotives were designed to pull heavy trains on Romania’s industrial lines. Reșița built between 1954-1961 a number of 145 steam locomotives of this series.
This was the most common standard gauge steam locomotive used by the Romanian Railway Company. They were in service till 1980 on almost all the rail lines in Romania.
This locomotive was the biggest and the most powerful in the CFR fleet. When it was operational, it managed to pull 700 tones at a speed of 110 km/h. They were constructed using the Austrian 241 model with a few improvements.
This series of steam locomotives was equiped with Heusinger distribution, Knorr automated brakes, Friedmann water injector, coal-fuel combustion. This was the most basic and up to date type used by the CFR.
This steam locomotive was designed to pull fright trains on both main and secondary railway lines and it was also designed to reach a speed of 70 km/h.
This series was designed and built by some specialists in the Iron Plants Resita and Resita Domains together with the Romanian railroad company, CFR. They were built for the short secondary railway lines, especially for the railroad lines located in Banat region.
Other photos taken in the steam locomotive museum
Below, I have decided to share other photos of the museum and the locomotives.
After almost one hour of admiring and photographing the amazing steam locomotives I’ve decided that the time has arrived to continue my trip towards the Bigar waterfall