Monday, November 9, 2009

CFR 388.002 at Sibiu Steam Locomotive Museum

This little narrow gauge steamer was built well over a century ago, in 1896 by the Wiener-Neustadt factories for the Sibiu-Agnita railway. Originally named "Segesvár" ("Sighisoara"), it received the circulation number 2. In 1911 in was taken over by MÁV and got the number 388.002, which is still kept today. In 1919 it was taken over by CFR. The little loco serviced the line between Sibiu and Sighisoara until the '60s, when it was retired into the Sibiu train depot. Between 1974 and 1995 it was on display in the front of the People's Council building in Sighisoara. In 1995 it made its last trip between Sighisoara and Sibiu, this time loaded in a standard gauge train car. Since 1995 it is being displayed in the Sibiu steam locomotive museum.

ID: CFR 388.002
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0
Built: 1896
Builder: Wiener-Neustadt
Gauge: 760 mm
Top speed: 30 km/h
Location: Sibiu, Romania (steam locomotive museum)

The locomotive is not in the greatest shape. It could use some painting. A few years ago it looked much better. But at least this one is not crowded between other locos.


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