• 1896

    A Joint Stock Company was set up with the task of planning the construction of the Arad – Podgoria local line of interest.

  • 1905

    The society ”Local Arad – Podgoria Motor Train Corporation” was established.

  • 1906

    In November, the metric gauge Arad – Podgoria railway was opened.

  • 1907

    For freight transport two steam locomotives are introduced into the line.

  • 1910

    The society”Local Arad – Podgoria Motor Train Corporation” decides the electrification of the rail.

  • 1911

    The electrification works begin. To help with that, another two steam engines are bought.

  • 1913

    The Arad – Podgoria railway becomes the eight electrified rail in the world and first from the Eastern Europe.

  • 1918

    During the last year of the First World War the trains are painted in green.

  • 1919

    The Arad – Podgoria railway becomes a subordinate of the “Anonymous Company of the Arad – Podgoria Railway” .

  • 1920

    The last two steam engines owned by the railway were sold.

  • 1948

    The Arad – Podgoria railway is taken over by the CFR (Romanian state owned Railroad Company).

  • 1961

    The train maneuvering system via telegraph is changed to one via telephone.

  • 1964

    The Green Arrow’s end station in Arad is moved from the Podgoria Square to the Micălaca Customs.

  • 1978

    “The Green Arrow” is permanently removed from the Arad city and circulates only till the Chemical Plant in Vladimirescu .

  • 1983

    In January IJTL (The Local County Transport Enterprise) takes over the railway from CFR.

  • 1984

    The Arad Podgoria railway is transformed for the trams till Ghioroc commune. The Green Arrows were used only between Radna and Pancota villages.

  • 1985

    The freight was restored on the Arad – Podgoria railway between the Astra carriage factory in the Arad and Radna cities.

  • 1991

    On the first of October the passenger transport on the route from Radna to Pâncota is ceased.

  • 1995

    The Ganz railcar no. 2 as well as a carriage is being rebuilt by the Astra Carriage Factory in Arad.

  • 1996

    The Arad – Ghioroc line is operated with the trams from Timis County. During rush hours/peak hours Gotha trams are also being transported (till 1998).

  • 2006

    The Arad – Podgoria Railroad is 100 years old. The Ghioroc Tram Museum is inaugurated.

Green Arrow History

The original Green Arrow’s route was 58.3 km


The construction of the metric gauge Arad – Podgoria rail began on November 11, 1905. The works were financed both from public and private funds. The rail was first tested a year later on November 18. After another round of trials that took place on November 30, the inspectors from Budapest agreed to be open to the public, which happened a day later.

By the time it was opened to circulation, the Arad – Podgoria railroad had a total length of 58,3 kilometers. The route was split in three sectors: Arad – Ghioroc, 22,3 kilometers long, Ghioroc – Pancota, 22,2 kilometers long and Ghioroc – Radna, 13,9 kilometers long.

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Visit the tram museum in Ghiroc!


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Arad – Podgoria SA railway