Regional Rail Express - 12: Brașov (50 p.)

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Regional Rail Express - 11: Bușteni (50 p.)șteni-50-p.13925

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July 31 2018

Tuesday noon I arrived by Regio Călători R 16031 from Bușteni at Brașov central station.

I checked into my room at Pension Bittner on Strada Nicolae Teclu near the station. The hosts are friendly, rooms cheap and nice - I can recommend it for a stay in the vicinity of the station away from the historic city center.
I returned to the station at half past two.

I could take my time as IR 347 "Dacia" Vienna - Bucharest arrived at 2:56 p.m., one and a half hours late.

But not too much time as the storm clouds approaching from the mountains indicated. Chips-ad defaced Softrans Hyperion high-speed EMU was ready to depart as IR 15932 Brașov - București Nord - Craiova.

641 219 (ex 65-1219) carrying a faded Sibiu coat of arms shunted away from the train.

410 009 took over.

These grass mowing devices are quite popular in the region, I spotted them often along the trip. For the departure of "Dacia" see video at minute 23:20.

Subsequently, I walked past the class 150 steamer to the supermarket at a nearby shopping mall and back to my room before the thunderstorm rain showers came. The past days I had gotten up at 3-4 a.m., so an afternoon to relax was welcome.

August 1 2018

On the way to the station next morning before six.

Lovingly decorated 400 734 of depot Ploiești.

With tired, red headlight-eyes. First appearance of the crazy switcher to the right.

A Desiro DMU as R 2101 Brașov - Sibiu brought me punctually at 6:28 a.m. to Codlea (German: "Zeiden", Hungarian: "Feketehalom").

I quickly walked to the northern end of town and climbed a hill grazed by sheep. IR 1928 Sibiu - Constanța hauled by an original Sulzer showed up punctually at 6:59 a.m.

The second cool morning after weeks of heat provided excellent misty moods over the mountains.

A Desiro was approaching as R 2501 to Făgăraș.

600 mm of the Lumix provided this view of Ghimbav/Weidenbach above.

I sat down comfortably, ate some breakfast, only the occasional mushroom picker walked by. I moved down to the meadow for a change of scenery after 9 o'clock. IR 473 "Ister" Budapest - Bucharest approached half an hour late while a few raindrops were falling.

That's how the grass is kept short.

I was positively surprised by the town of Codlea, several quite original streets of houses are preserved:

Main sight: the 13th century fortress church.

The station was being kept neatly as well. I have never seen a safe in a waiting room before - it could be connected to the prison right next door...

CFR Marfa 800 016 passed by with local freight.

R 2506 Făgăraș - Brașov stopped here for 12 minutes as it met...

... IR 1623 Bucharest - Sibiu hauled by 641 392.

Enough time to film the departure of the "Jimmy" - modernized Sulzer with GM-EMD engine - and catch the train back to Brașov. A bus to "Vienna" to the right - actually just for workers of the local factory.

Regio Călători R 16036 to Bucharest on track one at Brașov.

A Caravelle was conveyed at the rear of the train.

Complete Caravelle color collection.

Switcher on a mission.

"Dacia" from Vienna arrived only 22 minutes delayed.

I returned to the accommodation and fetched the backpack. Clouds looked dark again, and I did not want to risk getting into a shower unnecessarily.

Astra Trans Carpatic IR 15532 to Bucharest consisting of the already known couchette car ready for boarding.

The crazy switcher positioned the cars of R 3533 to Sighișoara just somewhere on the track.

After completed tasks.

Rainfall started punctually at 4:20 p.m.

Regio Călători R 16341 accelerated towards Zărnești...

... just as IR 346 "Dacia" Bucharest - Vienna arrived a minute early.

Finally, the coke-can design fits perfectly.

A female station master cleared the train a minute early.

Finally, my ride: IR 01746 to Constanța. Next day would be cloudless - off to the Black Sea! :) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.