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Other Sinaia Bobsleigh / Skeleton Track, Prahova County, Romania

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I didn't go to Romania with the intention for exploring, I went for a good friends wedding and hadn't even looked at the possibility of skulking around a derp. It turns out on our drive up into the mountains of Prahova, there is an abundance of derelict buildings, closed factories and other sundries left over from the communist era - we passed a huge oil refinery that looked half smashed, yet is still in use apparently; Sinaia has a large fuel injection system manufacturing concern that looks disused, but still builds components for the German companies! There was lots if you were looking for it.

 

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But, we didn't come for this. We came for a wedding and a break in the mountains - it is a stunning country and I would highly recommend it. It was only after driving back down from the cable car (awesome 70s retro thing) in Sinaia did we notice a large reinforced concrete Berm. I don't think the car had pulled to a stop before I was running into the bushes, forgetting the warnings of black bears.

[/span]From what I can make out (information is limited for obvious reasons), but the track was built between 1974 & 1976. Beyond this, I know nothing else other than it may have been still in use as late as 2009. The course had 11-14 turns.

 

Visited with a whole bunch of non-forum members, for obvious reasons! Anyway, photos

 

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Start Area - totally trashed!


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Run up with start ramp (presumably for another sport)

 

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Rickety bridge over the mountain road

 

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Banked turn just after the bridge (I expect they were flying by this point)

 

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Some sort of stores building - there was a smaller start ramp onto the track here, presumably for beginners

 

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Final Bend

 

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Finish line and timing booth (now someones house)

 

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I have visited Romania already twelve times and explored many abandoned places there. But I have not seen this one by my own. Thanks for showing.

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