A whistle stop tour of Sinaia railway station, Romania

As I travelled across Romania by train, the railway station at the mountain resort of Sinaia in Prahova County caught my eye.


Photo by Andrei Stroe, via Wikimedia Commons

Căile Ferate Române 4-6-0 steam locomotive 230-039 was plinthed outside the station.

CFR steam engine 230-039 plinthed at Sinaia railway station

Along with a 1948 Skoda VOS draisine (inspection railcar), supposedly converted from car once owned by communist leader Ana Pauker.

Ana Pauker's draisine (inspection railcar) plinted at Sinaia railway station

But a memorial plaque on the platform didn’t make much sense until I got home, and could research further.

Memorial plaque at Sinaia railway station in Romania

It read:

În acest loc a fost asasinat I.G. Duca,
președinte al Consiliului de miniștri.
Jertfa iubirei sale de neam și țară.
29 Xll 1933.

Which translates to:

In this place was assassinated IG Duca,
chairman of the Council of Ministers.
The sacrifice of his love for nation and country.
29 December 1933.

The plaque marks the spot where Romanian Prime Minister Ion G. Duca was assassinated by members of the fascist Iron Guard movement in 1933.

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