Visiting The Serbian Town Of Vršac

After almost 2 hours of driving from the amazing Bigar waterfall, we have arrived to the Serbian town of Vršac which is located in the Vojvodina province of Serbia, close to the Romanian border. We left our car in a free parking lot near the local market and we decided to visit the area near the market since we didn’t plan to stay very long. Unfortunately we only managed to visit two of Vršac’s main sights.

A Catholic church in Vršac

As we walked on a main street, we saw from a distance a larger church and we have decided to go and check it out. This turned out to be a catholic church which is called The St. Gerhard Bishop and Martyr Catholic Church.

catholic cathedral in Vrsac

Old man riding his bike

Close to the catholic church, near an intersection, I saw an old man riding his bike and I’ve decided to capture some shots as he got closer to the intersection. To make it look even more simple, I have decided to turn it into black and white.

Old man riding his bike

Old man near a Bingo shop

Here’s another “old man” shot in which an old man was heading towards a Bingo shop. As you can see the streets are quite empty, probably because it was Saturday.

Old man walking near a Bingo shop

Colorful houses in Vršac

This is a long street in Vršac and I really liked the different types of colors.

A street in Vrsac

Near the city center

This shot was captured near the city center or “centar” in Serbian. You can notice the fact that this larger street was almost empty as well.

Near Vrsac city center

The Romanian Orthodox Cathedral

This cathedral is located almost at the edge of the city center, close to the market and the place where we parked our car.

The Orthodox cathedral

After almost two hours of visiting the area we went into a shop and we bought some Serbian sweets and after that, we left the city and drove home.

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar waterfall is located in the southern part of the Anina mountains, in the Cheile Nerei National Park, about 5 km away from lake Golumbului and about 20 km from the mining city of Anina. If you plan to visit that place you should know that you have to drive on winding roads in order to get to Bigar waterfall but fortunately the landscape is amazing, especially in autumn and proabaly in winter as well. As a small suggestion, there is a parking lot about 200 m away from the waterfall so you even have a place where you can leave your car if you plan to visit this place.

If you wish to visit even more things at the Bigar waterfall natural reservation like some smaller waterfalls,  the Bigar cave and the underground water spring, you’ll have to pay a 5 lei ticket which is about 1.43 US dollars in order to visit the small natural reservation.

According to The World Geography, the Bigar Waterfall occupies the first place on their list of 8 waterfalls around the world.

Towards the cascade

After we left our car in a smaller parking lot which is located almost half of kilometer, we came across this amazing landscape. As you can see in the photos below, the entire landscape is surrounded by steep mountains.

The main road towards the Bigar waterfall
Towards the Bigar waterfall
Another photo of the road which leads to the waterfall and the mountains in the background
Another photo of the road and the mountains

The Bigar Waterfall

Now here are some photos taken at the Bigar waterfall and to those who don’t know, Bigar is a small waterfall where the water falls from a cliff which is covered with green moss and I have to admit that its amazing and very unique, especially in Romania.

A photo of the famous Bigar waterfall
The famous Bigar waterfall
A rapid stream located close to the waterfall
Rapid stream near the waterfall
A small waterfall in the forest
A small waterfall
The Nera river which flows in front of the Bigar waterfall
The Nera river

After we left this place, our next destination was the Serbian border town of Vršac which is located in the Banat region.

The Lake Between The Mountains

The so called “lake between the mountains” is called lake Golumbului and its located in the Cheile Nerei National Park, southwest Romania. This lake is not to far from Anina and If you plan to visit Bigar waterfalls, then you will definitely gonna find it because its close to the main road. I heard that some of the locals, who live in the area they also call this lake Minis, probably because the lake was named after a small river which flows into the lake.

A photo of the entire lake
A photo of the entire lake
The lake and some forested hills in the background
Lake Golumbului
Another part of the lake and the mountains in the background
Another small part of the lake
The mountains near the main road towards Bigar waterfall
The mountain near the main road

Our final destination, Bigăr waterfalls was located about 5 km away from lake Golumbului and after a few photos of this amazing place, we decided that the time has arrived to leave this wonderful place.

The Opera House

Today I have decided to share an HDR photo which was captured in the beautiful city of Timisoara on a nice but cold spring night. The building in the photo below, is the well known Opera House and its located in the Victory square which is also the city center. At the time when the photo was captured, a large group of people started to exit the Opera House and I’ve decided to decrease my camera’s shutter speed to capture the movement of those people. Also you can notice the motion blur effect applied to the water from the small fountain.

A photo of the Opera House in Timisoara at night
The Opera House

The Steam Locomotive Museum In Resita

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.

Resicza

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.

The first steam locomotive which was built at Resita and it's called Resicza
Resicza steam locomotive

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 Principesa Elena steam locomotive
Principesa Elena

CFR 764.001

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.

Narrow gauge steam locomotive in Resita steam locomotive museum
CFR 764.001 narrow gauge steam locomotive

CFU 14

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.

Tender steam locomotives which was used on industrial lines
CFU 14

CFR 50.025

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.

Common standard gauge steam locomotive
CFR 50.025

CFR 142.072

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.

The most powerful steam locomotive in the CFR's fleet
CFR 142.072

CFR 150.038

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.

Another big and powerful steam locomotive in the museum
CFR 150.038

CFR 50.378

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 locomotives were used to pull the fright trains
CFR 50.378

CFR 131.003

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.

Another tender steam locomotive
CFR 131.003

Other photos taken in the steam locomotive museum

Below, I have decided to share other photos of the museum and the locomotives.

A small part of the steam locomotive museum at morning
A part of the museum
The main entrance into the museum and the Resicza steam locomotive welcomes the visitors
Another photo of Resicza

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