trains in 20th Century Europe
Bucureşti: the Paris of the Balkans
The capital of Romania, Bucureşti, was an important destination for passengers from North West Europe and Central Europe. It grew in population from 292,000 in 1913 to 2,300,000 in 2000. It had been the main target of the Orient Express in 1883 and such was its attraction that this connection survived for 108 years. The following table shows the continuity of service from the west to Bucureşti
Bucureşti was also served by three further main routes -
The Simplon Orient’s contribution was a set of through cars detached at Vinkovci which were forwarded via Subotica, Timişoara and Turnu Severin to Bucureşti. When the Simplon Orient Express was resumed after the Second World War, the Bucureşti section was discontinued. From 1967 to 1979 an ordinary train ran from Zagreb to Bucureşti as the Bucharest Express, sometimes having coaches to and from Rijeka.
Another route could be used between 1920 and 1939 using the Berlin-
A6: Bucuresti as a hub
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