The modernization of the railway between Sighișoara and Brașov marks a transformative milestone in Romania’s transportation landscape. In 2020, CNCF CFR SA and the Railworks consortium (comprising Alstom, Arcada, Aktor, Euroconstruct Trading 98) signed an essential contract to undertake the upgrade of the Brașov-Sighișoara railway, covering an extensive 128-kilometer stretch.
The project entails a range of essential components, including the rehabilitation of three stations – Racoș, Mateiaș, and Ormeniș – as well as the construction of two overpasses and the development of seven bridges. Additionally, the installation of ten culverts and three viaducts will ensure proper water drainage and provide elevated passages for trains across challenging terrain.
At the core of this ambitious endeavor are two monumental tunnels, measuring 7 and 5 kilometers each, respectively. To accomplish this feat, state-of-the-art Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), affectionately called “cârtițele” or moles, have been deployed.
These colossal machines are capable of advancing 15 meters per day, and will work 24/7, 6 days a week. So the 7km tunnel will be completed in 18-19 weeks and the 5km one in 14-15 weeks.The excavation of two double tunnels: the seven-kilometer Ormeniș gallery and the five-kilometer Homorod gallery is poised to be an extraordinary accomplishment.
The first TBM has been delivered and has started working on 15 June and of the remaining 3, 2 have just been delivered and will start work on 30 August and 30 September and the last one will be delivered in September and is set to start work on 15 November.
As a logistics partner for this project, EASTSHIP has played a pivotal role in transporting the massive TBMs to their designated locations. This has been a significant challenge as the transport took place on DN1, particularly on the Prahova Valley, one of the busiest roads in Romania. Due to the width of some parts, sections of the road had to be fully closed to allow the convoy to pass safely.
Despite the complexities of navigating winding mountain roads, our experienced team at Eastship efficiently and precisely handled the transport of the TBM parts for over 500 kilometers.
Once completed, the upgraded railway section between Sighișoara and Brașov will facilitate train speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour, reducing travel time between the two tourist cities significantly. Presently, trains navigate this stretch at a modest pace of 40 kilometers per hour.
As proud contributors to this landmark railway modernization project, Eastship remains committed to ensuring the smooth delivery and execution of critical infrastructure developments that will shape the future of Romania’s transportation network.

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