Industrial Tourism Attractions

Industrial Tourism Attractions in Romania

The Mountain Railway Anina-Oravita

Represents the preserved part of the first industrial railway built in Romania, used for coal transport from the Anina mines to the Danube (Bazias). Its construction began in 1855 and was completed in 1863 under the Austrian administration. It has a length of 34 kilometers and includes 14 tunnels with a total length of 2084 meters, 10 viaducts with a length of 843 meters, the walls versant with a length of 9946 meters and cuts into the mountains on a distance of 21171 meters. That's why it is called the Banat Semmering, after the famous similar line from Austria. Presently it is still operated with Diesel locomotives.

The Sibiu-Agnita Narrow Railway

Its construction began in 1895 under the Hungarian administration from Sighisoara, and despite delays caused by severe flooding, has reached the 48th kilometer to Agnita by the end of 1898. It reached Sibiu, 62 kilometers further in 1910, passing through the middle of Agnita. In 2001, the line was closed and effectively abandoned and suffered severe deteriorations. In 2008 the whole railway, including buildings, bridges and any static equipment was listed as a historical monument, saving it from being dismantled. Presently being under reconstruction, it offers draisines for tourists.

The Brad-Criscior Narrow Railway

Is 7 kilometers long, was built in 1907 for the transport of coal and was used for that until 1998. Since 2001 it is used only for tourists. The trains are running each year before Christmas, before Eastern and during Brad's holidays.

The Abrud-Campeni Narrow Railway

Built in 1912, has steam locomotives that are running again since 2004, only for special trains, at some holidays and on special order.

The Moldovita Narrow Railway

Was opened in 1888 by Louis Ortieb, a timber mill owner from Munich. In 1909 the line was overtaken by the church foundation for forests. In the beginning the line was 23.9 kilometers long, but until 1987 up to 73 kilometers of branch lines were built. The line was used until 2001 for timber transport. Afterwards it was closed and most of the lines have been taken out. Since 2005 a sector of 10.5 kilometers was reopened.