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Old December 3rd, 2012, 04:14 PM   #181
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It has been said that the Vidin-Calafat Bridge will open by the end of this year. However there were no specifics about trains. Is the bridge ready for trains as well or is this for the distant future? And what works remain to be done for it to be useable for trains?
There is a new opening date - may 2013. Both road and railway infrstructure would be brought into operation.

Since we have elections in july or august have no doubt that this deadline will be observed.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #182
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Our top-speed trainsets are the Siemens EMUs, so no, since their top speed is 140 km/h. Hopefully BDZ will get some money for new trainsets during the next programme period starting in 2014.
Yes, but is that the whole story? As far as I know, speeds above 160 km/h call for significantly different signalling equipment. My guess would be (?) that the citation 160-200 km/h indicates that the tracks are suitable for 200 km/h, but that the trains will not actually be able to run that fast before further investment in signalling equipment has taken place. - But I could be mistaken. Does somebody know more?
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Old December 26th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #183
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Yes, but is that the whole story? As far as I know, speeds above 160 km/h call for significantly different signalling equipment. My guess would be (?) that the citation 160-200 km/h indicates that the tracks are suitable for 200 km/h, but that the trains will not actually be able to run that fast before further investment in signalling equipment has taken place. - But I could be mistaken. Does somebody know more?
No. The signalling equipment for 160/200 is installed as well.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #184
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Hi, got another question: the new schedule of BDZ brought considerably greater speed on the Plovdiv-Varna line and on Sofia-Blagoevgrad. However the one line that took the lion's share of investment and European aid, Plovdiv-Kaptan Andreevo, sees only traffic that is as nerve-wrackingly slow as before. The Balkan Express and Bosfor Express, while physically traveling this stretch faster, see artificially long stops in Plovidiv (one hour) and G. Orjahovica (90 mins!) just so they are in their old, super-slow time slot. Any reason for this bizarre policy of killing billions in investment and any hint that this situation will one day be resolved?
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Old December 28th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #185
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Since they are international trains, maybe it has to do with the timetable being respected until a new one is made.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #186
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Since they are international trains, maybe it has to do with the timetable being respected until a new one is made.
Well, there was a European-wide timetable change on Dec 9 so that would be a good time to change. I can see two reaons; first one is that the carriges are often coupled on to other trains and they have not changed their schedule yet. The other thing is that they have shuttle buses on the Turkish side due to engineering work there and can't change schedule.

But ofcourse this should have been adresses, Bulgaria is the main obstacle for creating a good traffic flow between Istanbul and south-east Europe.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #187
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But ofcourse this should have been adresses, Bulgaria is the main obstacle for creating a good traffic flow between Istanbul and south-east Europe.
Our neighboring countries also don't have good train infrastructure (maybe except for Turkey).
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Old December 29th, 2012, 10:57 PM   #188
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Hi, got another question: the new schedule of BDZ brought considerably greater speed on the Plovdiv-Varna line and on Sofia-Blagoevgrad. However the one line that took the lion's share of investment and European aid, Plovdiv-Kaptan Andreevo, sees only traffic that is as nerve-wrackingly slow as before. The Balkan Express and Bosfor Express, while physically traveling this stretch faster, see artificially long stops in Plovidiv (one hour) and G. Orjahovica (90 mins!) just so they are in their old, super-slow time slot. Any reason for this bizarre policy of killing billions in investment and any hint that this situation will one day be resolved?
Only Plovdiv - Dimitrovgrad section is 'ready'.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 11:42 AM   #189
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But ofcourse this should have been adresses, Bulgaria is the main obstacle for creating a good traffic flow between Istanbul and south-east Europe.
This is not true. The main obstacle is the terrible, although really scenic section between Tsaribrod and Nis in Serbia.

Along the corridor the only problematic section in Bulgaria is the really steep passage between Pobit Kamuk and Vakarel, which calls always for a helper engine.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 11:39 AM   #190
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+the capacity of our railway infrastructure is far from exhausted. Actually it's increased every year since passenger trains are removed from schedule.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 09:38 PM   #191
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There's a probability(if other projects are stalled or money left) we might upgrade Sofia - Pernik 48km long railway for speeds 160/200kmh in the next european financial period 2014-2020(2). The interesting thing about this is that it will be layed on a new route including a brand new 8-8,5km long tunne!!l!

The longest railway tunnel currently in Bulgaria is Koznitsa which is 5901m long.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 02:27 AM   #192
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Does anyone have any photos of the UK Class 92 electric DB Schenker locomotives in operation in Bulgaria?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:35 AM   #193
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This is near Burgas with the "Copper one".



The ones I know that are in Bulgaria are 025, 027 and 034. But there might be more.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:36 AM   #194
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The photo doesn't load up for me but then may well be down to the crappy PC I'm using this morning.

Thanks though.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:37 AM   #195
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It's loaded now. Nice photo. I can see a fleet of these machines spending many years in the East. They'll be worked far harder than they ever have been in the UK.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 11:44 AM   #196
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They are hauling together with the ex DSB EA3000 series quite heavy copper trains back and forth from Pirdop to Burgas.

I suppose they will be also used for the international freights once the new bridge on the Danube opens to traffic.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 07:02 PM   #197
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Nice.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:57 AM   #199
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So what's going on with the new Sofia - Vidin rail line at 160/200 km/h?
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From Railway Insider, 21st February 2013:

Grup Feroviar Român shortlisted in the sale of BDZ Cargo

Grup Feroviar Român announced having been shortlisting for the sale of BDZ Cargo and entering the next stage of procedures.
GFR has received the official notification from the Bulgarian Privatisation Agency which confirmed that the company had met qualification requirements and was admitted to continue participating in the privatisation process on the short list.

“Having been admitted to continue in the privatisation process of BZD Cargo is a proof that GFR is an important player in the region and throughout Europe”, the Group’s President Gruia Stoica said.

He also underlined the importance of developing a regional operator capable to unify the railway freight transport activities in Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania.
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