November 3, 2015

2007 ROMANIA (Braşov) - Dracula Express

Dracula Express is a vintage tourist train running on the route Braşov-Cristian-Râşnov-Zărneşti, crossing the southwest area of Burzenland. The railway Braşov-Zărneşti (25 km) was built between 1889 and 1892, having as main purpose the exploiting of the rich resources of timber, coal, stone, agricultural products (beet, potatoes), sheep breeding of the region. On the other hand, it made the connection with the paper factory from Zărneşti and the sugar factory from Bod.

The train is a real gem vintage, consisting of two locomotives and three cars, all restored and reconditioned by the specialists of Regiotrans society. The first is the locomotive Pacific 231 065, built at Maffei factory in   Munich, Germany, in 1922. Of the 90 Pacific locomotives owned once by the CFR (Căile Ferate Române - the Romanian state railway), survived only two, the second (number 231 050) being exposed to the depot Dej Triage. The second locomotive of Dracula Express is from the series 230 516, manufactured in Romania, at Reşiţa, in 1934.

The first car is a salon-car built at Astra factory from Arad in 1934, for the King Carol II. It has a living-room, couchettes and even a bath plant including a bathtub with all the accessories for the personal hygiene of the Royal Family. The second car was manufactured in 1924 in Italy at factories Ernesto Breda in Milan. The last car functioned in the interwar period on the Pullman Orient Express trains, on the route Bucharest-Paris, and was highly sought for his comfort.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Flower's Clock II, about which I wrote here.

Dracula Express - Inside Braşov
Trenul de epocă Dracula Expres, un cadou pentru braşoveni şi turişti (rom) - Braşov Tourism
Celebra Locomotiva Pacific (rom) -

Sender: Dănuţ Ivănescu
Sent from Sinaia (Prahova / Romania), on 07.08.2015
Photo: Daniel Secărescu

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