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On the narrow-gauge railway line in the Runc Valley (Govăjdia) - Tunnel

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  • Panoul de la începutul traseului
    / Panoul de la începutul traseului
    Photo: Sînziana Mihalache, CC BY-SA, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Traseul cu encartament îngust Govăjdia
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  • / Intrarea în tunel
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  • / Peisaj peste păduri
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Part of the narrow-gauge route that once linked the iron mines near Hunedoara - the Ardelean mining railway - can be walked, including through the longest tunnel in the area.
easy
Distance 4.6 km
1:40 h
264 m
265 m

The trail is signposted at the beginning, then just follow the path. The path starts at the edge of the village of Cățănaș and climbs gently, offering interesting views of the dense forests that gave the area its name - Pădurenilor (Forests) Land.

The railway line experienced its heyday around 1900, originally connecting the Retișoara (Ghelari) plant with Govăjdia and later extended to the ironworks in Hunedoara. In total, there were 16 km of mixed-use railway lines - both for passengers (miners) and ore.

The last transport ran here in 2008, after which the railway and the locomotives were dismantled and sold as scrap. Today, only the wooden sleepers can be seen on the embankment. It is also possible to go through all three tunnels on the route, the longest being the almost 800-metre tunnel at the end of this route. The trail connects the village of Cățănaș with the village of Zlaști.

The path is frequented by both curious hikers as well as cyclists and motorcyclists.

Author’s recommendation

To go through the big tunnel you need a headlamp/flashlight.
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Author
Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: October 07, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
492 m
Lowest point
352 m
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Safety information

There are minor rock falls along the route. At the canton of Cățănaș there may be dogs.

Start

Cățănaș (371 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.734749, 22.827723
DMS
45°44'05.1"N 22°49'39.8"E
UTM
34T 642199 5066201
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Destination

The 800-metre tunnel

Note


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Getting there

The entrance to the trail is on DJ687F, about halfway between Teliucu Superior and Govăjdia. You will see the big signpost. The distance to Hunedoara (Corvin Castle) is about 14km.

Parking

On the side of the road.

Coordinates

DD
45.734749, 22.827723
DMS
45°44'05.1"N 22°49'39.8"E
UTM
34T 642199 5066201
w3w 
///gravely.crewmen.redemption
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Headlight, camera.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.6 km
Duration
1:40 h
Ascent
264 m
Descent
265 m
Cultural/historical interest Dog-friendly

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