Urban East '17 - 32: Timișoara Special I (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
From the Southeast '16-'17 - 31: Sofia - Iron Gates (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...outheast-16-17-31-sofia-iron-gates-50-p.13402


The video for this part:




October 30 2017

Shortly after 11 a.m., I walked to Orșova station bustling with peaceful doggies.
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IR 72 Bucharest - Budapest arrived at 11:47 just 30 minutes late.
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The rail line leaves the Danube valley, and the train accelerates to at least acceptable speeds. We reached Timișoara around three o'clock, I took a cab to Hotel "Excelsior" in Strada Romulus and soon set off on a first city walk.
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The streetcars predominantly had arrived second-hand from Bremen:
http://transphoto.ru/list.php?did=738

More about the tram operation (in German, please use browser translate function):
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straßenbahn_Timișoara


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Wegmann GT4f #3529 has been converted to one of the modernized "Armonia" units in 2018 since this picture was taken. Here on Podul - of course - Ștefan cel Mare across Bega River.
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Bulevardul General Ion Dragalina towards the Northern (= main) Station.
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A Desiro unit with glorious "Romania" display for its international service to Vršac in Serbia was standing on platform 1 as R 7688 - however, since August 2017 it was no international train anymore, terminating at Stamora Moraviţa.
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R 2606 from Arad arrived 10 minutes late.
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The western (dead end) tracks are home of the Regio Călători (ex-Regiotrans) Caravelles.
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A pair of Malaxas was being readied as R 2236.
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This grain freight with private Sulzer was standing here every day in always differing variations.
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"The Birds" had taken over the city - nowhere else I have seen such dense flocks of crows and pigeons, probably due to the surrounding Banat region agricultural plains.
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A layer of clouds slowly appeared on the horizon.
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Departure towards Remetea Mică - nowadays this line only sees passenger services up to Giarmata.
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At Stephen's Bridge, the sun shone again.
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P class #2013 had been purchased from Munich in 2001.
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#3476 is a Hansa GT4c built in 1968, at Timișoara since 1997.
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In front of the Catholic church.
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A Wegmann GT4f followed by a Hansa GT4c.
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Sunset at Piața Alexandru Mocioni/Sinaia stop.
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The birds showed up here as well. This Romanian-Orthodox church was inspired by Byzantine style and rather seems out of place.
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The birds returned for the last shot of the day.
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October 31 2017

The next morning was beautiful and crisp - unfamiliar on a trip which had started with beach temperatures. The quarter around my hotel featured many nice old single-story houses
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Hansa GT4c #3461 from 1967 arriving in gentle morning light at Parc Doina/Gheorghe Doja stop.
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I always have to chuckle about the city transport called R.A.T.T..
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The house entrance in sight.
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Probably fits.
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Pigeons, wherever you look.
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Podul Traian and Orthodox Cathedral in the background.
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One of the "Armonia" units, which in the meantime operate 1/3 to 1/2 of daily services.
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A Münchner in best morning sun.
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Fall mood along the Bega.
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Next, it's time for something different, the city specials will be continued later on.
 




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