Agnita railway line

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Agnita railway line
Hermannstadt, Einmündung Schmalspurgleis nach Agnetheln, 1.jpeg
The Agnita line joining the mainline.
Overview
Type Narrow-gauge
System Căile Ferate Române
Status Closed
Locale Sibiu County, Romania
Historically also Mureș County
Termini Sighișoara
Sibiu
Stations 8 (Historically 19)
Operation
Opened 1898 & 1910
Closed 1965 & 2001
Owner CFR Infrastructură
Operator(s) CFR Călători[1]
Character Rural Branch line
Technical
Line length Sibiu - Agnita 58 km (36 mi) (Historically Sibiu - Sighișoara 109 km (68 mi))
Number of tracks 1
Route map
Agnita railway line & Vurpăr branch map
Mainline 300 to Sighișoara
Angofa
Șaeș (river)
Şaeş
Șaeș (river)
Apold
Brădeni
Mureș County
Sibiu County
Netuş
Iacobeni
Stejărişu
Ruja
Agnita
Coveș
Coveș River
Vărd
Benești
Alțâna
Nocrich
Vurpăr
Țichindeal
Roșia
Hosman
Cornățel
Cașolț
Bolovani
Mainline 200 to Sibiu

The Agnita railway line was a narrow-gauge rail line in Sibiu County, Romania. Originally it stretched from Sibiu railway station to Sighișoara[2] in Mureș County. There also was a branch line to Vurpăr. However the final section from Sibiu to Agnita was closed in 2001. CFR classed the line, along with the Vurpăr branch, as line 204 in the last years of operation. The Sibiu Steam Locomotives Museum holds the last remaining original locomotive from 1896.

History[edit]

The line was originally built by the Sighisoara - Sibiu Local Railways Company which started work from Sighișoara in 1895 reaching Agnita by 1898 and Sibiu in 1910.[3] The Vurpăr branch was opened at the same time as the Sibiu extension. As the line originally lay within Hungary, the Hungarian State Railways operated services until 1919 (when Transylvania became part of Romania). CFR then continued to operate services until 1965 when the original section from Sighișoara to Agnita was closed. In 1993 the Vurpăr branch line was closed[4] with the rest of the line following in 2001.[5]

Reopening[edit]

Societatea Feroviară de Turism (SFT) originally planned to reopen the line as a tourist route but plans where shelved in 2006. After threats from CFR Infrastructură that track would be lifted all the rail infrastructure became protected as a historic monument in 2008.

Currently there is an active project called Asociația Prietenii Mocăniței ("Friends of the Narrow-gauge railway") and aimed at restoring the line for tourist operation and operates occasional tourist steam trains on parts of the line.[6]

The first steam event took place in Agnita in 2010 on the occasion of the Sibiu extension's centenary. There was a second event in September 2015 with special trains running from Cornăţel station.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lacriţeanu, Șerban (1995). "The Narrow Gauge Lines of the Romanian State Railway (CFR)". In Keith Chester. East European narrow gauge. Clevedon (UK): Channel View Publications. pp. 82–94. ISBN 1-873150-04-0. 
  • Engelbert, Paul (2011). Schmalspurig durch Ungarn II: die ehemals ungarischen Gebiete (in German). Malmö: Stenvalls. ISBN 978-91-7266-177-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFR Interactive Map". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Beyond The Forest (Narrow-gauge)". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Lacriţeanu 1995, 86
  4. ^ Engelbert 2011, 136
  5. ^ "Spurfilm History". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sibiu Agnita railway Society". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sibiu Agnita railway Society's News". Retrieved 26 October 2015.