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Old January 29th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #241
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Old January 29th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #242
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Wow what a plow. Someone may ask if Romania has such high snowfall to use such unit capable of creating snow tunnel but watching closer we may see that this unit was build on some old steam tender chaises and most probably underwent last rebuild in 1980-ties so it's interesting that it is still functional.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #243
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It's no plow, merely a blower.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #244
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I almost thought it's a tunnel boring machine
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Old January 30th, 2014, 11:35 AM   #245
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #246
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Romanian businessman Gruia Stoica taken in for questioning for alleged bid rigging

Romanian businessman Gruia Stoica, the owner of Grup Feroviar Român (GFR), was handcuffed and taken in to questioning on Wednesday evening (January 29) at the headquarters of the National Anticorruption Directorate DNA, after he refused to appear at the hearing.

He initially told the investigators he was not in Bucharest, but the authorities found him at home and took him in for questioning in a corruption case. Prosecutors have asked for Stoica to be detained for 29 days.

According to prosecutors, he was allegedly involved in fixing a bid to favor his company against the state – owned CFR Marfa. 21 other people are questioned in this case, according to Mediafax newswire.

Romanian lawyer Doru Bostina is also investigated in this case, for allegedly receiving EUR 3 million from Gruia Stoica to find out the price offered by CFR Marfa in the bid to transport coal for the state – owned Complexul Energetic Oltenia, an estimated EUR 48 million contract. The lawyer was also questioned at the DNA headquarters on Wednesday evening, and prosecutors have asked him not to leave the country.

Stoica’s GFR was the winner in the privatization of state – owned freight railways company CFR Marfa in 2013, and had even signed the privatization contract, but the process was canceled. Stoica said the state had not met its obligations in the privatization procedures.

GFR was also among bidders for other freight railways companies in the region, including the one in Bulgaria, but was not successful in acquiring any of them.

From Romania Insider, 30th January, 2014
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Old January 30th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #247
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How could I forget this video and remember only this similar steam blower from RhB in Switzerland. Although as we can see on video this blower isn't especially effective as it gets stuck. Modern units can clear tracks more smoothly.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #248
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The snow wasn't fresh and it had frozen, from what I understand.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #249
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Do someone know how much locomotives produced Softronic Craiova?
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Old February 17th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #250
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6 Pheonix
11 (?) Transmontana - one caught fire in Hungary
1 EMU Hyperion + 1 to come.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 01:41 PM   #251
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Pics of each model:

PHOENIX

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Old February 17th, 2014, 01:54 PM   #252
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6 Pheonix
11 (?) Transmontana - one caught fire in Hungary
1 EMU Hyperion + 1 to come.
And how about its owners distribution. As I remember to Hungary went 5 Transmontana? I know that CFR Calatori has some Phoenix locos but who owns rest? There is also picture with Transmontana in DB painting I assume that this is Romanian branch?
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Old February 17th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #253
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TRANSMONTANA
480-001 CFR Calatori
480-002 MMV
480-003 DB
480-004 DB
480-005 DB
480-006 DB

PHOENIX
478-001 DB
471-002 DB
471-003 DB
478-002 MMV
473-003 CFR Calatori
473-004 CFR Calatori
Since then (summer last year):
480-007 - MMV - the one that caught fire
480-008 - DB
480-009 - DB
480-010 - I don't know
480-011 - I don't know
480-012 - work in progress
480-013 - work in progress

Not sure if they have been sold or are leased.
Some have been renumbered (MMV ones at least)
DB = DBSR (DB Schenker Romania)
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Old February 21st, 2014, 02:43 PM   #254
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I have another question regarding Softronic locos. Looking at them closer I've spotted great similarity of both Softronic locos to locos produced by Electroputure so question is that if bogies and loco bodies are produced by Electroputure? And another question regarding traction equipment inside - is that part produced by Softronic and if so which solutions are used - traditional big transformer or modern semiconductors in GTO, IGBT or VVVF configuration?
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Indeed, both Phoenix and Transmontana are based on the Electroputere EA-type. I can't tell you more than that because I'm not familiar with the subject. Maybe you can find more here: http://www.softronic.ro/en/index1.php#distantor
Many workers/engineers have moved from Electroputere to Softronic. I don't know if they produce anything over there anymore. Electroputere Mall was erected on part of the old industrial platform.

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British Class 92 operated by DB Schenker Romania. Each loco was given the name of a romanian personality. Here we have Mircea Eliade.

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Old March 2nd, 2014, 05:47 PM   #256
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Wow what a plow. Someone may ask if Romania has such high snowfall to use such unit capable of creating snow tunnel but watching closer we may see that this unit was build on some old steam tender chaises and most probably underwent last rebuild in 1980-ties so it's interesting that it is still functional.
The chassis and the bogies look like the ones of the LDH series, so I guess it's not a rebuild from a tender.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #257
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Railcars from the 1930s still in use.

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Old March 12th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #258
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I was always amazed by those cars. In first I thought that they were boughs as used somewhere from west but every source said that they were from beginning in CFR.

By the way is something going on at Ramnicu Valcea - Valcele line reintroduction? I mean not civil works but something regarding project/ tender for reconstruction?
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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:24 PM   #259
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I was always amazed by those cars. In first I thought that they were boughs as used somewhere from west but every source said that they were from beginning in CFR.

By the way is something going on at Ramnicu Valcea - Valcele line reintroduction? I mean not civil works but something regarding project/ tender for reconstruction?
Nope. Nothing going on with regards to rail in Romania, except the EU-funded "modernizations", that have so far had more or less no impact on the infreastructure.

The speed of works in stations (such as Ramnicu Valcea) is also abismal: in some cases, it takes 3-4 years to replace 2 platforms and a few windows.

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Nope. Nothing going on with regards to rail in Romania, except the EU-funded "modernizations", that have so far had more or less no impact on the infrastructure.
Why is that?
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