Sunday, February 04, 2007

Ronat

Our last tram ride in Romania was to Ronat in Timisoara. This route ended with a single track section in an unpaved road and was operated by an elderly 4-wheel tram and control trailer or perhaps it was a close coupled set with one motor in each unit Hungarian style. I can't remember - perhaps someone will add a comment with details of theses cars.
Kai has e-mailed to tell me that these two cars were built in 1928 in the Timisoara workshops. In 1935 they were modified to operate back to back as a coupled pair of cars with new motors from Germany -each car having one motor. They were known as 'gemene' in Timisoara which translates as twins. Kai remembers their distinctive sound and running to the garden fence to watch them pass. Perhaps he saw me standing on the front platform on an August evening in 1982.
Rather surprisingly there was a timetable at Ronat and as I recall it said first tram 5:30 or similar and then every 29 minutes until late evening - not exactly user friendly.
Next morning we set off for the Yogoslavian boarder and Belgrade.


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Ciprian said...

Thank you for your pictures. I lived in Ronat as a child and many of my childhood memories relate to tram nr. 5. We had no use of the timetable as we heard the sound of the tram and noticed its direction - when it was going to the end of the line, we knew we had about 7 minutes to be at the stop and take it to the center. Also we had nicknamed one of the conductors "Mos Viteza" (Grandpa Speed):)as he liked to step on the gas

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