Tales of the past: unique photos from Constanta Park 1991

[citeste acest articol in Limba Romana AICI]

In my previous article about the Lost train line in the Park , I made a call out to all my readers asking for old scanned photos of the park and of the miniature train.  A few days ago Mr. Ray Wilkinson from Halifax contacted me. He was in vacation in Constanta, Romania in 1991, a short period just after the anti communist revolution and luckily he made coloured photos that he was kind enough to share. As a tourist he described his experience as beeing “real” , enjoyed the train ride and mentioned that in the post-revolutionary Constanta of 1991 there was still chaos and disarray (which sadly still is today after 28 years), but everyone was being friendly and tried to show them a good time.

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Tales of the past: poze inedite din Constanta cu trenuletul si parcul in 1991

TALES OF THE PAST: UNIQUE PHOTOS FROM CONSTANTA PARK AND TRAIN IN 1991

In articolul trecut despre Trenuletul din parcul Tabacariei ce numai exista astazi am facut un apel la cititori care au poze vechi scanate cu parcul si trenuletul. Acum cateva zile m-a contactat Domnul Ray Wilkinson din Halifax care a fost in vacanta in Romania in 1991, la scurt timp dupa revolutie si care din fericire a facut si poze cu trenuletul Constanta pe film color.  Pozele lui sunt o adevarata mina de aur si ii multumesc pentru faptul ca le-a impartasit. Turistul strain mi-a povestit ca a avut parte de o experienta “reala” , i-a placut plimbarea cu trenuletul in vara lui 1991. In Constanta de dupa revolutie inca era dezorganizare (din pacate nimic nu s-a schimbat dupa 28 de ani, inca e si acum), lacul Tabacariei era mirositor dar toata lumea era foarte prietenoasa si incercau sa le creeze turistilor o atmosfera placuta.

Sunt sigur ca tinerii care umplu astazi City Park Mall nu stiu cum arata acolo parcul inainte sa se construiasca abuziv peste el si din pacate la majoritatea Constantenilor pur si simplu nu le pasa ca a disparut acest parc. Dovada clara a indiferentei lor fiind numarul extrem de mic de participanti la protestul anti mall din parc cand s-a inceput organizarea santierului (sau la orice alt protest daca tot vine vorba). Macar am ramas cu pozele si cateva amintiri , in rest plimbare placuta prin mall-ul extins recent!

tabacarie park Constanta
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Once upon a time in Constanta – the train from the park

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Sometime not so long ago , in Tabacariei park – the only large park of Constanta city, there  was a quite unique tourist attraction, a miniature train line. It a type of “mocanita” train encircling the lake of Tabacariei Park. This  was very popular among tourists and local people .  

[ I  Appeal to all readers , if anybody has old pictures of the train or stations since before construction of the mall please contact me at garcia.calavera@yahoo.com ]       

This narrow gauge urban rail line in the park , which included two bridges and two tunnels was quite unique in the country. There were only 2 more like this: one in the Children’s park in Timisoara and one more in Bucharest Children’s Town. Today unfortunately only one survived in Bucharest in a reduced form .

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A fost odata – Trenuletul din parcul Constanta

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CONSTANTA – THE TRAIN FROM THE PARK – ENGLISH ARTICLE

Candva nu prea de demult daca mai tineti minte in parcul Tabacarie , era o atractie turistica inedita si destul de rara in tara: trenuletul din parcul Constanta. Era un trenulet de tip mocanita ce inconjura tot lacul Tabacarie , foarte popular printre turisti dar si Constanteni.

trenulet parc Constanta

Foto: www.bentsbane.dk

Linia feroviara ingusta urbana din parc , ce cuprindea 2 podete si 2 tuneluri  era destul de unicata in tara , fiind doar inca 2 de acest fel :  in parcul Copiilor din Timisoara si in Oraselul Copiilor din Bucuresti , astazi din pacate doar cel din Bucuresti a supravietuit intr-o forma redusa.

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