Sunday, September 13, 2009

CFR 375.032 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

The steam locomotives of the 375.000 series were used by CFR on short length secondary lines to pull all kinds of trains. The reason for running these locos on shorter lines is that they had no tender, so the amount of coal they could carry was limited.
CFR 375.032 was built in 1911 by MAVAG (Royal Hungarian Railway Machine Factories) at Budapest. It is a locomotive of type 1C1t-n2 with a top speed of 60 km/h. Its history is pretty interesting. Along with several other locos of this type it ended up in the inventory of CFR after the First World War. It was given to Romania as war prey. In 1940 it was captured by the soviet trupes along with the occupation of Basarabia and given back to Romania in 1945. Here it was used in several regions of the country until 1977, when it was finally retired. It was given to the Romanian Train Club and taken to Bucharest. After being restored in 1994, it was donated to the Sibiu steam locomotive museum in 1997 and is being displayed there ever since.

ID: CFR 375.032
Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-2T
Built: 1919
Builder: MAVAG (Budapest)
Top speed: 60 km/h
Gauge: Standard (1435 mm)
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

The locomotive is on display, unfortunately crowded between other steam locomotives. It's not in a bad shape, but it could use some paint.


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