Passenger trains of Romania

I only spent a couple of days travelling through Romania, but I did manage to photograph a wide variety of the passenger train fleet that operates across the country.

Class 40 electric locomotives were the workhorses of passenger services, on all kinds of carriage consists.

CFR Class 40 electric locomotive 060-ES-008 arrives with a train

From what I can tell, the most modern locomotive hauled carriages wear a grey and dark red livery.

CFR Class 41 electric locomotive 41-0767-8 with a very modern looking carriage set

Diesel locomotives are also used on the unelectrified lines found further from Bucharest. Here a Class 65 diesel hauls a ragtag collection of carriages into Brasov on a local service.

Short passenger train arrives into Brasov

There are also commuter trains serving a number of cities – I found this double headed consist of double deck carriages at București Nord.

Double headed commuter train of double deck carriages arrives at Bucharest

I also spotted a slightly more clapped out version operating out of the regional city of Brasov.

CFR Class 40 electric locomotive 40-0236-6 departs Brasov with a double deck commuter train

Built by Waggonbau Görlitz of East Germany, these carriages are of type Bhp and were used across Eastern Europe.

Tail end of the rustbucket commuter train

CFR does have a growing fleet of modern diesel multiple units – the Class 96 DMU is the local example of the Siemens Desiro design.

CFR Class 96 (Desiro) DMU arrives at Gara de Nord station

However lots of other trains are hand-me-downs from elsewhere in Europe, such as this Class 76 DMU – actually a DB Class 614 unit purchased second hand from Germany, and refurbished in Romania.

CFR Class 76 DMU 76-1415-9 departs Brasov

The same applies to the sole type of electric multiple unit used in Romania – the Class 58 EMUs are actually SNCF Class Z 6100 units purchased second hand from France.

CFR Class 58 EMU awaiting passengers at Brasov

Private operator Transferoviar Calatori has also purchased trains from elsewhere in Europe – their Class 76 DMUs are former DB Class VT 24 (class 634) units.

Transferoviar Calatori Class 76 diesel multiple unit 76-2419-0

Regiotrans is another private operator to follow the second hand route – their Class 57/97 DMUs are second hand SNCF class X 4500 railcars.

Regiotrans Class 57/97 DMU arrives into Brasov from Zărneşti

Since entering service in Romania, a handful of the Class 57/97 units have been refurbished by Regiotrans.

Regiotrans Class 57/97 DMU 57-0511-6 at Brasov

Bucharest Metro footnote

On the Bucharest Metro there are two types of train in use – older Astra IVA units built in Romania between 1976 and 1992.

Astra IVA train arrives into Timpuri Noi station

And modern Bombardier Movia 346 working beside them.

Bombardier Movia 346 train #2110 arrives into Dristor 2 station

A note on the Class 57/97 units

It took me a long time to work out, but numbering of the Regiotrans Class 57/97 also had me stumped for some time – turns out one end of the pair is numbered 57-xxxx, while the other is numbered 97-xxxx.

Further reading lists of the classes of rolling stock used in Romania, broken down by operator.

These lists were invaluable in working out the origins of the second hand DMUs!

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One Response to Passenger trains of Romania

  1. a n t s says:

    … loved yr photos. Just the images evoke 60s, 70s intrigue & mystery.

    We travelled Bucharest – Cluj in 2013. I think you’d call it an I R Service.
    I took an evocative shot of a second engine being added at B r a s o v.


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