Thursday, October 15, 2009

CFR 764.055 Behind Cluj-Napoca Train Station

In the town of Cluj-Napoca, Romania there is a railway park. Well, at least that's what it used to be years ago. A nice, big, quiet, green space inside the city. Today the park is abandoned, visited mostly only by homeless gypsies. According to rumors the city council has promised to rehabilitate the park starting in fall 2009, but that's likely to remain just that, a promise. Currently it's just wasted space. The park is located here:

A narrow gauge (760 mm) line still runs around the park, but the little train which used to transport children is gone. So is the CFR 764.055 steam locomotive, which was on display inside the park. They have both been taken inside a yard behind the Cluj-Napoca train station, here:

They claim that the purpose was to restore them, but as you can see from the pictures, they are in a pretty bad shape.

In the beginning of the year 2006 CFR 764.055 was still in the railway park. You can see some pictures of it here. Today it is abandoned behind a fence near the train station.

ID: CFR 764.055
Wheel arrangement: 0-8-0
Built: 1948
Builder: Chrzanów (Poland)
Top speed: 35 km/h
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania (behind train station)

The locomotive was built in 1948 by Chrzanów factories in Poland and it belongs to the Satu Mare train depot. I'm curious about it's history but unfortunately all I know is that it was in the Cluj-Napoca railway park for a long time. Unfortunately it's not in a good shape, it is damaged and the rust is beginning to show its first signs. Painting is definitely needed.


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