Monday, November 2, 2009

CFR 324.951 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

The locomotives of the 324.000 series became the property of CFR after the First World War when Romania received 499 locomotives of this type as war damage compensation. This is a pretty big number, actually it's more than half of the steam locomotives of this type built by MÁVAG. The locomotive factory at Budapest created a total of 905 locomotives of this type between 1909 and 1917 in three variants: compound without superheating, with twin cylinders and superheating, and with Brotan boiler and superheating. The 1C1-h2 type locos were robust and resistent, they included new technologies and they were versatile enough to perfectly satisfy the needs of the Hungarian Railways (MÁV).
The 324.000 series has become the second most widely spread steam locomotive of CFR, after the 50.100 series. Actually, they were very similar from traction power point of view and both types were suitable for all kinds of traction and maneuvers. They had been used for pulling passenger, freight and mixed trains on sections of track with relatively low declivity. Due to their good characteristics, the locomotives of the 324.000 series had been in service for over 7 decades, until the end of the steam era in Romania. Most of them had been retired around 1978. The Romanian engineers and mechanics used to call them "the Hungarian goat" ("capra ungureasca")

Unfortunately, in spite the fact that so many of them existed in CFR's property, only two steamers of this type survived. 324.951 is one of them. It has been working at the Mirsa ballast-pit until 1980, when it was abandoned. After 13 yars, in 1993, it was taken over by the Sibiu depot. It is now on display in the Sibiu steam locomotive museum.
ID: CFR 324.951
Wheel arrangement: 2-6-2
Built: 1917
Builder: MÁVAG (Budapest)
Gauge: Standard (1435 mm)
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

The locomotive is in a fairly good shape. It is on display in the Sibiu steam locomotive museum, not used anymore. It's a pity that it's jammed behind the bushes and it can only be photographed properly from one side.


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