On our way to the medieval city of Sighisoara, we’ve decided to visit the Transylvanian city of Sibiu a couple of days after Christmas. Fortunately, the historical center in Sibiu is not very far from the A1 motorway and since we where in the area, we decided to drive to the old town and explore it.
Old buildings in the historic center
Among the things we visited in Sibiu were the old buildings and landmarks located in historic center. Actually this picture was taken right in front of the Lutheran Cathedral.
Christmas fair in Sibiu
There was a Christmas fair in the Grand Square and a lot of small shops were still opened for the locals and for the tourists. In this square you will find some of Sibiu’s main sights like the Brukenthal National Museum and the Council tower.
The Liar’s bridge
If you take a closer look at the image below, you can see the year 1859 on a smaller plate, actually thats the date when the Liar’s bridge was finished. This small iron bridge connects the Lower Town with the Upper town. As far as I know, this is a very popular destination in Sibiu and
Under The Liar’s bridge
After we arrived to the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, our next objective was to find the famous Liar’s bridge. Fortunately it was only a couple of streets away from where we parked our car. After almost 15 minutes of walking and admiring the historical center of Sibiu we finally found the amazing Liar’s bridge. From there actually you can see a part of the Council tower and some of the old buildings from the Lesser square.
The Lutheran Cathedral
This Lutheran Cathedral is located in the historic center of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. This Gothic-style church was built in the 14th century and today is a landmark of the city. In the area you will also find other important structures like the Liar’s bridge and the Council tower. If you plan to visit the interior of the cathedral you have to pay for a ticket.
Towards our next objective in Sibiu
After exploring the Grand Square and the Lower Town, we decided to walk towards our next objective, which was the Sibiu steam locomotive museum. Fortunately it was only about 20 minutes away from the Historical center.
After walking around in Sibiu, we decided to check out the small steam locomotive museum which was almost 15 minutes away from the old town. Actually this small museum can be found within the Sibiu train depot. In my opinion this is more of a smaller collection of old steam locomotives which once were used by the CFR then a museum. After you’ve enter the so called museum, unfortunately you won’t find any sorts of information about the old rusty steam locomotives. But you can always Google the class number of the locomotives and you will find more details about them.
The CFR 130.503 At Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum
Today I have decided to share another photo of an old steam locomotive from the Sibiu steam locomotive museum. Now let me give you a couple of details about the 130.503. I heard that it was built in 1921 by Skoda in the former Czechoslovakia and since they performed very well, the Romanian Railway Company or simply the CFR has decided to make a larger order of these types of steam engines. Today you will find this locomotive near another great steam engine which is the 150.1105 loco.
The 150.1105 Steam Engine Inside The Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum
Probably the 150 series locomotive is one of my favorite steam locomotive from the small Sibiu steam engine museum. This steam engine was used in Romania for hauling heavy fright trains on some difficult lines like the line between Brasov – Ploiesti. These great locomotives were retired from service in 1978. Unfortunately, today almost all the exhibits are in a pretty bad condition.
An Old Steam Locomotive Inside The Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum
The No. 94649 steam locomotive is a German loco and it was built in 1914 by Schwartzkopff Berlin. As you can see this loco is unfortunately in a pretty bad condition.
Old Rotary Snow Plow In The Museum
It’s been a while since I last shared an HDR photo, so today I have decide share another one. In the photo below you can actually see an old rotary steam snow plow which can be found in the small steam locomotive museum. This snow plow was built in Sweden in 1908. To those who don’t know, this museum is located in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. In order to visit the steam engines, you have to enter into the locomotive depot and as soon as you passed a smaller administrative building, you will gonna see the old steam engines.
The Ardelt CFR WMA 65.4 Steam Crane
Among the amazing and old steam locomotives you will find a very special and probably very unique steam crane which was built in 1939 and that steam crane is the Ardelt CFR WMA 65.4. Back in its days of glory, it was capable to lift up to 65 tonnes. Now you will find this steam crane inside the small steam locomotive museum in Sibiu, right next to the turntable.
If you are a railfan, then I highly recommend this place. You will also have the occasion to admire different types of amazing steam locomotives which once were used in Romania. By the way, there are a couple of narrow gauge steam locomotives too.