Friday, October 23, 2009

CFR 130.503 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

Originally numbered 130.569, this is a steam locomotive of type 1C-h2, which was pretty wide spread in the past among the CFR locomotives. The first 40 locos of this type were bought by CFR between 1911 and 1916. Due to the good results of these locomotives in service, in 1920 CFR ordered another 80 from the Škoda factories in Plzen. They were delivered between 1921 and 1922 and numbered 130.501 - 130.580. Used mainly for pulling passenger trains on lines with low grades, these steam locomotives functioned mostly until the 70s, when they were retired. Rarely they pulled freight trains too because they were powerful enough.

130.569 was first exposed in 1972 when the north station of Bucharest, Romania (Gara de Nord Bucuresti) was 100 years old. Two years later the original 130.503 was dismembered and 130.569 received its number plates. Since 1994 it is being displayed in the steam locomotive museum of Sibiu, Romania.

ID: CFR 130.503
Wheel arrangement: 2-6-0
Built: 1921
Builder: Škoda (Plzen)
Gauge: standard (1435 mm)
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

The locomotive is in a good shape, on display in the steam locomotive museum in Sibiu (not being used anymore).

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