Saturday, October 31, 2009

CFR 20.064 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

CFR 20.064 is a special locomotive built in 1924 by Henschel & Sohn (Kassel). It is one of the two fireless locomotives imported by CFR. Instead of using coal, wood or crude oil as fuel, the locomotive can be filled directly with steam and water through the hole located at the front of the boiler. Once filled with steam, the loco could run for as long as 8-9 hours. It was built for special use in places with high risk of explosion (such as ammunition depots, refineries and distilleries).

Its "sister" locomotive is said to be abandoned on a hill near the Constanta train station. The two steamers were used at Chimimpex Constanta and Mararsesti Chemical Factory until 1976 when they were retired from service. CFR 20.064 was donated in 1995 by the Marasesti Chemical Factory to the Sibiu steam locomotive museum and it's on display there ever since.

ID: CFR 20.064
Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0F
Built: 1924
Builder: Henschel & Sohn (Kassel)
Gauge: Standard (1435 mm)
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

This interesting steam locomotive is in a fairly good shape, but it is not used anymore, it's simply being displayed in the Sibiu steam locomotive museum. Unfortunately it too is crowded between other steamers. There is no information panel next to it to inform visitors about the special design of the locomotive (as a matter of fact there is no information displayed about any of the locomotives in the museum).

1 comment:

kenttodayandyesterday said...

Hi Andras - another interesting post. We had some similar steam engines working at the Imperial Paper Mills in Gravesend, Kent, UK until it closed down in the early 1980's. I believe one of the old engines that worked there is in the National Railway Museum collection. They were powered by charged steam and used to move the paper reels and wood pulp around the factory.


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