Astra Vagoane Călători is taking up the challenge. During the past year, the rolling stock manufacturer from Romania has refurbished passenger coaches to start its own overnight train service: the ‘AstraTranscarpatic’.
Sources: romaniajournal.ro / presasm.ro / Jurnal Feroviar. Title picture by Silviu Dirlea
In total, twelve coaches and two locomotives will be used to form to six-car trains, connecting Arad with Bucharest. Service start is planned for mid-January. The ‘AstraTranscarpatic’ is part of the Astra Vagoane Călători Arad holding, controlled by Valer Blidar.
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We see brightly painted coaches, in green and yellow, with a complete new interior. We see cars with normal seating, and coaches with sleeping compartments. Rail attendants taking care of the travelers.