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By Marcel Glaskie – compiler of the Kehilalink for Raducaneni


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The purpose of this ‘Rom-Sig page ’ is to present railway material and examples of known railway journeys out of Romania. It will also assist ‘Jewish-Gen’ readers to research the rail route that their ancestors took when they emigrated from Romania in the late 19 th and early 20 th century. (Please note that this is not a 'foosgayers' or footwalkers site)

It is quite possible that, because different railway companies controlled certain routes, travellers had to change trains and even railway stations in some cities on their journey.

It is known that ‘Jewish Benevolent Societies’ all over Europe had Yiddish speaking volunteers at most railway stations in order to give assistance to their co-religionists. These volunteers helped to ease the burden of the journey by serving food and assisting with transportation from train to train. In most instances, they ensured that impoverished travellers moved on rather than settling in the local communities.

The list on this site is by no means complete; readers are invited to contribute by sending me further interesting links and material which may be useful to other readers.
The names of contributors will be acknowledged against their material that we publish.

Types of historical material required from readers, for possible inclusion on this site:

-Romanian travel agent publicity in Romanian or Yiddish.
-Travel agendas.
-Rail & boat tickets.
-Frontier stamps on passports.
-Travel diaries.
Contact: Marcel Glaskie


All the material and internet links on this site are the exclusive possession of the respective authors and I claim no ownership whatsoever. They were compiled only because of common interest in the subject and for the private use of readers who may be interested in this information. I have absolutely no commercial interest in this project.
Marcel Glaskie- February 2014.

From Egalitatea Journal - January 1904
by courtesy of the Romanian Archive, Hebrew University Mount Scopus




This photo shows a station at Czernowitz with a train (photo believed to be prior to 1909)



Example Route:
Below is a skeleton route from Iasi in Romania to Manchester in England which has been proven from the material available on this site. Most of the stages of the journey can be found in the ‘Baedeker Rail Guides’ in the link list on this site.
The journey in the illustration was a total distance of 2,600 km (1,570 miles) in approximately 100 hours.

If you want to be a little more creative, you can embellish the journey at all stages, as shown in the next two Microsoft Power Point Presentations.


Evidence of a route in 1907 - contributed by Fred M. Schwartz in the USA: Showing the frontier exit stamp ‘Garei Burdujeni’ on the back of the passport. Although Tecuci (the main city of the county) was half way between Bucharest & Iasi, they chose the northern rail route via Iasi and Galicia:


Examples of the type of useful material to be found in the ‘Baedeker’ railway guides:


Note: If the links won’t open directly from this page, then copy and paste them in your URL line of your browser.

Railway Guides:

Baedeker from 1870 includes Berlin:

Baedeker, from 1871: Southern Germany and Austria:
Baedeker Northern Germany from 1886:

Baedeker Austria, 1900:

Baedeker Austria, 1905:

Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide 1913:




1865 Rail Map:


1880 Rail Map:

Railway Map of Europe 1880a:

Railway Map of Europe 1880b:


1896 Rail Map:


1910 Rail Map:

European Railroad Routes 1910:




Railway sites:


Library Sources:

North East Lincolnshire Council: 

Grimsby Local and Family History Library, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HG England

Telephone: +44–(0)1472-323603 or +44–(0)1472-323635 or e-mail:   

See below details for their local photograph collection.