Are There Any Steam Locos In Romania?

Vaser Railway Offers Regular Steam Action

Did you know there is an amazing relic of a steam operated railway tucked away in the forest. The lure of international tourists to this part of the world has led the railway to maintain a number of steam engines which are used in regular service and on specials.>
In this day and age, we can’t be too choosy when searching for regular steam action. This one is a gem tucked away, which is now readily accessible.
This excerpt talks a little about the railway and how it works. Most of the services are now diesel, but they still use regular steam.
Watch the video below too – the track has to be seen to be believed!


Sometimes known as the «Vaser Valley Railway» the forestry railway of Vişeu de Sus is a unique example of technical cultural heritage.  Travelling over a network of some 60 kilometers of narrow-gauge track, you can still find wood-burning steam locomotives running alongside several diesels and railcars.  For the enjoyment of our numerous visitors, we are keeping the tradition of steam railways alive in Vişeu de Sus, offering regular steam trains, charter trains with catering services and trains for special events. As a new attraction and unique style of guest accommodation, we can now offer you an overnight stay in our Hotel Train “Carpatia-Express”, right next to the train  station.



The narrow gauge railway (of 760 mm gauge) is located in the far north of Romania, close to the border with the Ukraine, in the Vaser Valley. The railway winds up the valley with many curves, over bridges and through wild romantic scenery of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains, up to Paltin station (at 21,6 m).


Regular tourist trains run from May until October, several days a week, including Sundays and public holidays. The hotel train Carpatia-Express is open on the same dates.


  • Regular steam trains from May until October

  • Charter trains with catering throughout the year

  • Tailor-made travel programmes

  • Photographic steam trains in autumn and winter

  • Accommodation in the hotel train “Carpatia-Express”

  • Candlelight dinner in the romantic dining car

Excerpt courtesy of the eco romania website


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