Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CFR 763.148 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

CFR 763.148 is a small narrow gauge (760 mm) steam locomotive built in 1923 by Orenstein & Koppel (Berlin) and bought by a private company in 1924. Not a strong or fast steamer (only 50 hp power and top speed of 15 km/h), it was used on forest railway lines in the Arges Valley. In 1948 the little loco was nationalized and became property of I.F.E.T. Curtea de Arges (I.F.E.T. stands for Intreprindere Forestiera de Exploatare si Transport in Romanian, which means forest exploitation and transport enterprise). After its retirement in 1972 it was exhibited in front of the institution's building, until 1997, when it was donated to the Sibiu steam locomotive museum.

ID: CFR 763.148
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0T
Built: 1923
Builder: Orenstein & Koppel (Berlin)
Top speed: 15 km/h
Gauge: 760 mm
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

The little steamer is not used anymore, it's on display. Unlike many other locomotives in the Sibiu steam locomotive museum, it is in a place where it's visible, not crowded between others (maybe this was possible because it's so small).


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