Thursday, August 20, 2009

CFR 231.050 at Dej Triaj Depot

In 1913 the Romanian Railways (CFR) have bought from J. A. Maffei the first 20 Pacific (4-6-2) type locomotives, which were numbered 2201 - 2220. In the following years another 20 have been aquired, numbered 2221 - 2240. Due to the good results obtained with these locomotives, in 1922 CFR has ordered another 20 from J. A. Maffei München and 30 from Henschel & Sohn (Kassel). These were numbered 231.041 - 231.090. The locomotives in series 231.000 were very fast (top speed 126 km/h), actually the fastest steam locos ever used in Romania. CFR has used them to pull express passenger trains. Currently there are only two surviving locos, the 231.050, being displayed at Dej Triaj depot, and the 231.065 in the Sibiu railway museum.

ID: CFR 231.050
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-2
Built: 1922
Builder: J. A. Maffei (München)
Top speed: 126 km/h
Gauge: Standard (1435 mm)
Location: Dej Triaj, Romania (depot)

The locomotive is in fairly good shape, but is not being used anymore.


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