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Romanian Forestry Steam Preserved

After more than 3 years and many hours of work done by the members of the "Siclau Association" to clear vegetation and change some sleepers, a test run was done to check the tracks on August 2nd.

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On August 3rd, the first train with 764-405R ran carrying high level officials, local and foreign railway enthusiasts up to the Hanko bridge. Here, passengers had to cross the creek by foot. From here, a small diesel train transported the people to the bottom of the incline.

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In the meantime, the events of the First Commandau Days were in full swing. As part of the events, loco 763-247 was in steam and propelled 764-455 out of the shed for photography.

The first organised group guided by Hans Hufnagel (one of the members of the association ) visited the railway on 10 August. The visitors were from both Western Europe and across the Atlantic. On this occasion standard-gauge steam loco N3-404 was also steamed up. Thus, two steam engines worked simultaneously at Covasna. At Commandau, a short photo steam train operated from the station to the engine shed. A nostalgic horse drawn train was organised to show the tourists, how the operation on this line started in 1878.

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A good quality four-language (Roman, Hungarian, English and German) brochure has been published on this narrow-gauge railway. It contains 7 black and white, 44 coloured pictures, map attachment and much technical data. (I have a copy and it is excellent, RD)

For a small donation (towards future repair works ) you will get a free copy by post - if you send your contribution in EURO or US DOLLAR in a REGISTERED letter to :

Hans Hufnagel, Ackerweg 94, A - 2483 EBREICHSDORF, AUSTRIA

Rob Dickinson