Discover Mocănița, the little steam train

This is the photo story of my trip to Maramures, Northern Romania, close to the border with Ukraine, to discover Mocănița.

Mocănița is a narrow-gauge railway built in 1932. It is still operational with steam and diesel locomotives, to transport wood from the highland to a processing plant in Viseu de Sus, down to the valley.

Imagine this little train snaking along a narrow track along the river and then climbing the mountain through the woods until it reaches the high altitude pastures. Imagine all the different landscapes you can enjoy.

And it’s possible because the line has been partially converted to touristic purposes. While the working train runs six days a week, there are also touristic trains. And these convoys often mix up along the line.

It may happen that while you are enjoying a snack at Paltin station you see a long train, loaded with logs, passing by, with the locomotive in the back, very busy at braking. It is difficult to maintain the right speed downhill when there is the weight of the timber. to carry you down!

I spent some days on-site and along the line with the workers to try to get the atmosphere of the place. Here you find an excerpt of my best photos. The whole story (in Italian) starts here.

So, come discover Mocănița with me!

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