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.

I am sure that the young people of today that fill up the “City Park Mall” which is built on the spot where the first pic is taken, have no idea how the place looked like before.  Unfortunately the people of Constanta just don’t care that this park is gone, a clear evidence of this is the very small number of people that came to protest against the building of the shopping mall when they started the construction site.  At least we still got the photos and our memories, for the others all I can say is: Enjoy your shopping in the recently extended shopping mall!

Constanta Park

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

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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 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 la indiferenta lor fiind numarul extrem de mic de participanti la protestul 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!


Constanta Parc Tabacarie

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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 tourist attraction , quite unique and  quite rare in the country, a type of “mocanita” train encircling the lake of Tabacariei Park , which  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 , being 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 .

Once upon a time in Constanta – trenuletul din parc

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

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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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Trenuletul se pare ca a incetat sa functioneze undeva in 2002- 2003 , si atuncea se pare ca functiona pe un traseu incomplet ,

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