The first Ukrainian train was tested on the broad-gauge line Berlibash-Valea Visheului on November 8, 2022, providing a cross-border connection to the Romanian railway network. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailwayPro.


To resume passenger traffic on the broad gauge line, CFR SA’s branch SRCF Cluj carried out repairs, replacing 14,000 wooden sleepers and 36 tons of track material. To ensure the safety of the track and reopen it, the company laid 400 tons of crushed stone.

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Starting from December, it is planned to start a regular service on the section Rahov – Dilove – Valya Visheului (Romania). It is assumed that this will be two trains per day. At the Romanian station, you can transfer to CFR trains, for example, to the Romanian capital. The trip from Rakhiv to Romania is expected to take about 40 minutes. Border control will be carried out directly on the train. Traffic on this section will be restored after a break of more than 20 years – the connection was suspended in 2000.

Romania is also working on a second section of the border. We are talking about the section Kimpulung-la-Tisa – Sighetu-Marmatiei. The work is scheduled to be completed in November 2022.

CFR SA is making continuous efforts to cope with the increase in the capacity of passenger and freight rail traffic both on the border of Ukraine – through the border points of Halmeu and Viksani, and with the Republic of Moldova. Repair and capital works, as well as the improvement of transit conditions, led to the resumption of the work of railway lines that provide transshipment between standard and broad gauge lines.

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