A festive party at the Steam Locomotive Museum in Risetta!

In the coming weeks, the municipality of Reșița will host a whole series of events organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the manufacture of the first steam locomotive in the present territory of Romania. There will be exhibitions, discussions, seminars and book presentations. Those interested will have the opportunity to visit objects related to the industrial history of the capital Banat de Munte or the water arrangements in the Semenic region, a bang-fest and a festive concert of the Arad Philharmonic will be organized for music lovers. Right in the Steam Locomotive Museum.

“This year Resita celebrates the 150th anniversary of the manufacture of the first steam locomotive. It is an occasion of celebration and local pride, as the Resita industry in the years of the Industrial Revolution celebrated many awards for the history of technology in Romania, including the implementation of the first railways in 1852, and also for the first locomotive.

The Resicza, the first steam locomotive built in Eastern Europe in 1872, was in service until 1937. It was the number 2 and was built in St.EG Resicza, similar to the Szekul locomotive, designed by Scottish engineer John Haswell. It weighed 9.05 tons empty, and the service weight 11.5 tons. The diameter of the wheels is 711 mm and the strength is 1125 kg. It had two cylinders and operated on coal, the track gauge was 948 mm. The locomotive, the star of the Risetta Museum, is 4,470 meters long.

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The competition of conditions made Resicza, the leader in the production series of the Resita steam locomotive, the first of 1000 in total manufactured in our city, a completely different fate. According to some sources, she was fired in 1937, after which there was no indication of her fate. Rediscovered in 1957 on a diversion line from the Câmpia Turzii factories, it was made home in 1961 after steps taken by the management of the Resita Metallurgical Factory.

Originally located on a conversion line near the locomotive factory, in 1972, it took its central place in the Locomotive Show in Triage, where it still exists today.”, send representatives of the Reșița City Council, with the publication of the program of events organized to celebrate this important event in the industrial history of the city.

RESITA 150 program:

April

← April 29, 2022, UBB University Center of Reșița, 17:00: Opening of the philatelic exhibition, documentaries, photography and fine art “Reșița 150”; Risetta’s anthem. Organizers: Reșița City Hall, UBB University Center in Reșița, German Democratic Forum in Caraș-Severin County, German Association for Adult Culture and Education in Reșița and Paul Iorgovici County Library in Caraș-Severin.

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← May 5-6 2022, “First Art Shows” event. 150 years since the manufacture of the first steam locomotive in Reseta.” Organizers: Faculty of Engineering of Reșița, part of the University “Babeș – Bolyai”, in partnership with the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences (ASTR), the General Association of Romanian Engineers (AGIR) – Caraș-Severin Branch the City Council of Reșița;

← Thursday 5 May 202209:00 – 13:00, UBB University Center Resita – Learning Center “UBB – Students’ Real Dreams”: workshop;

← Thursday 5 May 202214:00 – 18:00: visit the main objects related to the industrial history of the capital Banat de Munte: Museum of Risetta Steam Locomotives, Technical Museum of Risetta Machine-Building Factory (UCMR), Exhibition of Metal Sculptures from Hala Minda.

→ Friday, May 6, 202209:00 – 12:00, UBB University Center Resita – Learning Center “UBB – Students’ Real Dreams”: communication session;

→ Friday, May 6, 202212:00 – 19:00: documentation visit to the water facilities of the Seminyak region (lakes Gozna and Breazova and works related to this group – dams, water supply, power plants).

← Saturday 14 May 2022Museum Night:

  • 16:00, opening of the new season at the Salon of Art and Industry (TMK Artrum Riseta) – a retrospective of the exhibitions of 2021;
  • 18:00, Film Buffs Museum at UBB Resita University Center: photo exhibition with locomotives from its own archive; Railway-themed exhibition (plates with numbers of locomotives, etc.) from the Bogdan collection André Mehli;
  • 18:30, German Library “Alexander Tetz” Risetta: Fine Art Gallery dedicated to the 150th Anniversary;
  • 19:00 – 20:30, Reșița Steam Locomotive Museum: visit it;
  • 16:00 – 21:00, Mount Banat Museum: visit exhibitions;

← Tuesday 17 May 202212:00, exhibition of the Directorate of Culture of Karao-Severin Province, Racha: Opening of the documentary exhibition “150 years since the manufacture of the first steam locomotive in Racha”, supported by the National Archives, Karaj-Severin District Service;

← Tuesday 17.05.2022, Jabal Banat Museum, 18:00: Opening of the Michael Românu (Reșița/Munich) documentary photo exhibition, under the title “Locomotives of Reșița”; Organizers: Reșița City Council, Banatului Montan Museum and the magazine “Reflection: Art – Culture – Civilization” of the Caraş-Severin Traditional Culture Preservation and Promotion Center;

→ Friday 27 May 2022, Reșița Museum of Steam Locomotives, 19:00: Fanfare Festival (first); Organizer: Reșița City Hall. The event, which was organized in partnership with Ironworks and the Reșița Domains Foundation;

← Saturday 28 May 2022, Reșița Steam Locomotive Museum, 19:00: Fanfare Festival (II); Organizer: Reșița City Hall. The event, which was organized in partnership with the Uzinele de Fier Foundation and Domeniile Reșița.

June

→ Sunday 5 June 2022, Museum of the Steam Locomotive Reșița, 6 p.m.: “Time and Counter-Time in the Identity of Montane’s Girls: The Karacana Press Promotes Girls’ Belt Too”, 9th ed.; Organizers: Cultural Association “Metarsis” – activities and services of urban culture and contemporary art, Resita and Resita City Hall;

→ Thursday 9 June 2022, Banatului Montan Museum, 5:30 pm: Opening of the exhibition by the Banatului Montan Museum and completion of the Michael Românu Documentary Picture Exhibition (Reșița / Munich); Organizers: Reșița City Council, Banatului Montan Museum and the magazine “Reflection: Art – Culture – Civilization” of the Caraş-Severin Traditional Culture Preservation and Promotion Center;

→ Thursday 9 June 2022, Museum of Mount Banat, 18:00: National Symposium “150 – 100 – 50 / The Cultural and Technical Treasure of the Karaj-Severin-Resita Province and the Industry of Steam Locomotives, on the Turntable of National History” (1); Organizers: Reșița Ironworks and Domains Foundation, Reița City Hall and the Banat Mountain Museum;

→ Friday 10 June 2022, meeting room (ground floor) of the Reșița City Council, 10:00 and 16:30: the national symposium “150 – 100 – 50 / Cultural and technical treasure of the Caraș-Severin – Reșița province and the manufacture of steam locomotives, at a turning point in national history “( II); Organizers: Reșița Ironworks and Domains Foundation and Reșița City Hall;

← Saturday 11 June 2022Banat Mountain Museum, 10:00 a.m.: National Symposium “150 – 100 – 50 / Cultural and Artistic Treasure of Kara Severin-Resita County and the Industry of Steam Locomotives, on the Turntable of National History” (3). The journey of the participants of the seminar, about Semmeringul Bănățean; Organizers: Reșița Ironworks and Domains Foundation and Reșița City Hall;

→ Sunday 12 June 2022Steam Locomotive Museum, 19:00: festive concert with the Arad Philharmonic; Organizers: Culture Association “Metarsis” – Activities and Services of Urban Culture and Contemporary Art, Reșița, Reșița City Council, Uzinele de Fier Foundation and Domenși Reșița Foundation;

→ Monday 13 June 2022, German Library “Alexander Tietz” Resita, 16:30: Presentation of the following volumes: “Habsburg Monarchy, 1848 – 1918”, vol. I – Economic Development, Administration and legal system, the Armed Forces (ap. 2020), vol II – The Peoples of the Empire (Ab. 2021), Volume III – The National Problem (Ab. 2021) and Volume IV – The Problem of Recognition (Ab. 2022) , Polirum Iasi Publishing House, Romanian language editions coordinated and edited by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Graf;

← Tuesday 14 June 2022, meeting room (ground floor) of Reșița City Council, 12:00: Closing of events with presentation of volumes: Dan Biriano, “History of Locomotives and Railroads in Banatul Montane”, ed. II, publishing house “TIM”, 2022, and two books published by the German Democratic Forum in the county of Karach-Severin and the German Association for Culture and Adult Education Resita (“Resita Museum of Locomotives” and “Banat Semmering”), published in Montaigne Girls Publishing, 2022.

Karina Tincol

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