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“Steamed wilderness”

Vaser Valley Forestry Railway - Day Tours
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Owner description: Sometimes known as the Vaser Valley Railway, the forestry railway of Viseu 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. The CFF Viseu de Sus ("CFF" stands for "Caile Ferate Forestiere" - forestry railway in Romanian language) is probably the last real forestry railway still operating with steam locos in Europe. For the enjoyment of our numerous visitors, we are keeping the tradition of steam railways alive in Viseu de Sus, offering regular steam trains, charter trains with catering services and trains for special events.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

This trip is all about apreciating the landscape and the unique experience of travelling with a steam train, and foregeting about many inconveniences that come along.

So, thumbs up for what nature has to give and is still preserved in a quite unaltered state
and, thumbs down for overall organizing.

The first train leaves at 9am, but for that buy your ticket, take your seat, and do not move from there, latest 8am.

We had the trip in a Saturday and it was a chaos in the station. As the ticket is without a seat hundreds of people were going back-and-forth between the 4 trains searching for a place to stay, some even became very nervouse and verbally agressive. A couple can find a place quite easy, but for more people is very chalanging, if you do not have a reservation. The personnel is not able to help to much, so do not count on that.

Others trains, leave if needed, 15-20 min apart. There are opened and closed wagons: the open ones offer larger views but you will be more smoked from the engine and affected by rain or cold up in the mountains. Bring a jacket and long pants, just in case. Some people might find the wagons very dirty and unconfortable, so do not keep your hopes to high.

There is no toilet in the wagons, 2-3 stops of 10 min are made from time to time for wood refuel. In 1 are some dirty toilets, but many people were using the bushes near the rail.

The second wagon from the engine is a sort of shop with some beverages and doughnuts. Pricy food and drinks available at Paltin station.

Be prepared for unforseen delays: take some extrafood and water with you and keep it until return to station. During our trip we had 2 hours delay at return because the first train went off the tracks in an area where forest workers were draging the wood over the rail and deteriorated the conections.

1  Thank atb T
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We have enjoyed this trip with "Mocanita" a lot! Too bad you don't get to go further.

When you buy the tickets you also get the map where the attractions are listed. If you want to leave at 9 o'clock, then be sure to be at the ticket counter latest at 8! Otherwise you will get into one of the other 2 trains which leave from half to half an hour (only 3 trains a day!).

You can make a reservation, but only if you also buy food! We didn't, and we've eaten very good up in the mountains, at the last stop - you can buy grilled sausages and pork meat, but also beverages.

Even of you go during summer take care and bring some sweaters is it can get quite cold up-there!

Other than these, we've enjoyed a lot our visit here!

Thank dannyella
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I've took the special Edition of this trip and listen to the National Philharmonic from Transylvania.
The Paltin station is very well organized and has everything you might need - food, drinks, places to stay, candles and may other simple thing that make us happy.
We also had a big fire after the show. The trip was about 2h but it was fun!

Thank Ioana_Cis
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Once in a lifetime must be tried!
The road takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.The view along the way is beautiful.

Thank Georgiana S
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

it was a greate experience to admire the wilderness of Maramures mountains in a old steam train. take your time and enjoy this ride that starts at 9:00 am until 03:00 pm.

Thank zagos
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