The CFR Museum (which we visited back in October, read all about it here) marks its 75th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebrations it has got its biggest and best toys out for everyone to have a look at: a collection of old locomotives and rolling stock, including one of the Bucharest metro’s original – made in Romania – trains. They are all on display until Sunday at platforms 12 and 13 of Bucharest’s main railway station, Gara de Nord.
We went along this morning with Son of Bucharest Life (who was of course in his element). You can board most of the trains, look around the drivers’ cabs, climb up on the footplates of the steam locomotives and take as many photos as you wish without anyone bothering you. All very refreshing.
It would be nice if the CFR Museum could find a permanent home for these trains. As with RATB’s fine collection of old trams (which it sometimes gets out for a parade: the last time was in 2009, however) there is a niche audience (beyond Bucharest Life and Son) which likes this kind of thing.
It certainly seems a real shame to keep these treasures locked away.