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Old June 15th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #221
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Anyway. The bridge at night:
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Old June 25th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #222
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The agony of the Bulgarian State Railways - BDŽ continues as the new government led by a coalition of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) decided to stop the privatization of "BDŽ - Tovarni Prevozi" - the national freight operator.

Now the total crumble and the implosion of the still stuck in the 1980's socialism company is imminent.

But there is still some light in the tunnel: On 1st July 2013, DB Schenker Rail Bulgaria starts operating the first trains (intermodals) to cross the new bridge over the Danube "New Europe". I hope those services are successful and more operators will opt for trains along this new corridor.

The work for upgrading the Dimitrovgrad - Svilengrad section are going in a good pace (although the start of this project was delayed for many years) - it includes new alignment for 160 km/h and electrification. The upgraded (again new alignment and electrification, ERMTS Level 1 for the whole line up to Plovdiv) trans-border Svilengrad [BG] - Kapikule [TR] section is opened for traffic, although still only with diesel traction. The prospects are that the line will be complete the same time as the Marmaray project in Istanbul connecting Europe and Asia under the Bosphorus.

There are also some construction works going on after a 5 year stalemate due to lack of funding on the 25 year old project for doubling and realigning (130 km/h for normal trains and 150 km/h for tilting ones) the Karnobat - Sindel route. But still the long delayed double tracked 2,6 km long tunnel near Klimash has still to wait for a better future. The same fate awaits the new alignment around Listets. When completed it would be a very important connection between the ports of Constatna [RO], Varna [BG] and Alexandrupoli [GR].
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Old June 25th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #223
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But there is still some light in the tunnel: On 1st July 2013, DB Schenker Rail Bulgaria starts operating the first trains (intermodals) to cross the new bridge over the Danube "New Europe". I hope those services are successful and more operators will opt for trains along this new corridor.

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The new DB Schenker service is not an intermodal service, it's a mixed service that may include intermodal wagons.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 01:28 AM   #224
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Which passenger services will use the new bridge?
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #225
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When inaugurating the bridge, in the talk about future use there was talk of one train per day and direction. The problem with the bridge at the moment is that the rail lines on both sides leading up to the bridge are in a bad state. The Bulgarian line proceeds at max. 70 kmh, and on the Romanian side there is not direct link North to Turnu Severin but only a decrepit line heading East to Craiova at a speed which any jogger could keep up with. Development of these lines has yet to start and will not show results before 2020, if at all.
But still, a local train Vidin - Calafat - Golenti at least would be called for.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #226
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Better still Vidin-Calafat-Craiova. (Craiova is a large station with good connections)
There are three trains per day from Craiova to Calafat. One of them could cross the bridge.
However since the journey from Craiova to Calafat takes about three hours, I doubt that this link would be very successful venture.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #227
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There are also some construction works going on after a 5 year stalemate due to lack of funding on the 25 year old project for doubling and realigning (130 km/h for normal trains and 150 km/h for tilting ones) the Karnobat - Sindel route. But still the long delayed double tracked 2,6 km long tunnel near Klimash has still to wait for a better future. The same fate awaits the new alignment around Listets. When completed it would be a very important connection between the ports of Constatna [RO], Varna [BG] and Alexandrupoli [GR].
1. Wasn't Karnobat - Sindel the first planned railway project in Bulgaria for speeds 160/200?
2. Aren't the works there just emergency works to repair a weak embankment?
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Old November 24th, 2013, 11:39 AM   #228
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Railway map:

Phase 4.1 and 4.2(others are ready):
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On these pictures you can observe progress on Maritsa motorway[A4] on the following sections:
- U/C Orizovo - Harmanli
- upgrade of Svilengrad bypass from half-profile to full-profile
- U/C Generalovo - BG/TR Border Checkpoint.
You can also witness the ongoing upgrade of Dimitrovgrad - Svilengrad railway to 160/200kmh.
In the first picture it is the small section north from A4.
And in the second picture you can see it west from the motorway.

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Old December 22nd, 2013, 10:59 PM   #229
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List of railway projects that will be financed under the OP "Transport" in 2014-20:
1. Sofia-Septemvri (partially);
2. Plovdiv-Burgas phase II;
3. Ruse-Varna;
4. Karnobat-Sindel (partially).
No map. Sorry.

List of projects that will be financed under the OP "CEF" in 2014-20:
1. Improvement of sailing on Danube river(Batin-Belene mainly). I wonder if our northen neighbours are ready with papers on this project.
2. Vidin - Medkovets railway
3. Sofia - Dragoman railway
4. SRB border - Kalotina - Sofia motorway
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Old March 26th, 2014, 01:08 PM   #230
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Russia wants to finance the following railways:
1. Varna - Ruse
2. Varna - Gorna Oriahovitsa - Sofia

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Russia offers Bulgaria a credit of EUR15bln
26.03.2014 10:01

Russia is ready to invest more than € 3 billion in the development of basic transport infrastructure in the Black Sea and the Danube to the EU do not leave almost no money.

This became clear after the meeting was to members of the Bulgarian-Russian Chamber of Commerce with Prime Minister Oresharski and Ministers of Transport and Economy Daniel Papazoff and Dragomir Stoynev . One of the projects that will be part of the funds is a comprehensive modernization of the port of Varna, including relocation of the terminal " East " in the channel.

Construction of road and rail highway between Varna and Ruse, complete the "Hemus" and modernization of the line Varna - Gorna Oryahovitsa - Sofia are other projects in which Russia wants to moisture . That said Georgi Minchev , Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the Bulgarian- Russian Chamber of Commerce .

The proposal was recently made ​​directly to Transport Minister Daniel Papazoff . It is Andrian Valentinovich Sinebok owner of the Azov sea port and a group of companies "C" teach "Standard" . It was familiar and other members of the Cabinet " Oresharsky " , including the prime minister himself , according aware of Bulgarian-Russian Chamber of Commerce .

The proposal is not about the current relations between Russia and Ukraine , explained by the Court. It has been made yet about a year ago and to the cabinet " Borisov " but had no response , pointed familiar .

Russia also proposes to invest 12.5 billion reindustrialisation of Bulgaria . The proposal is in close connection with the project " South Stream " , commented the businessmen. Investment envisages construction of processing plants of the natural gas that will pass the "South Stream" in nitrogen fertilizers , alcohol, polymers and other products of organic chemistry. This is a huge chance for the revival of " Himko ," commented by the Court.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #231
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The bridge would have potential if it would really become part of a TEN corridor (Sofia-Timisoara-Budapest). For the moment, it seems only 1 passenger train daily across the bridge per direction is planned, which is more to de jure say it is in service.
Last weekend a twice daily cross border service between Craiova and Vidin started run with CFR Desiro's.
http://www.vidin-online.com/oblastno...n-pt-km-evropa
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Old May 16th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #232
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Grat cabview from Sofia - Mezdra through Iskar gorge by "bdz43r". It was posted on Bulgarian subforum but not in international thread. Great movie enjoy


Second cabview from the same user is also interesting: Sofia - Pirdop (on line to Karlovo)

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Old May 18th, 2014, 11:12 AM   #233
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Grat cabview from Sofia - Mezdra through Iskar gorge by "bdz43r". It was posted on Bulgarian subforum but not in international thread. Great movie enjoy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y616xQpAm2Q">YouTube Link</a>
Thank you Richard! I'm looking fwd to make this journey in late spring, when nature is more alive
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Old May 18th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #234
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Railway near Veliko Tarnovo and VelikoTarnovo railway station(left from the interchange between I-4/I-5). Looking south:
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Коридор 9, в района на Велико Търново

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Ето го и в посока север

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Old May 23rd, 2014, 08:52 PM   #235
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Varna: intermodal terminal to be completed in three years

The intermodal terminal in the port of Varna will be completed in three years after the issue of the construction permits, declared Bulgaria’s Ministry of Transport. The cost of the project is BGN 90 Million (EUR 46 Million).

The terminal will provide logistics services for railway, maritime and road transport. The tender for the construction of the terminal was launched at the end of April. Construction works could begin in 2015.

From Railway Insider, 21st May, 2014
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 02:07 PM   #236
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In Bulgarian language thread user yamboliya posted some pictures of recently undergoing modernisation station Yambol:

remaining pictures here http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=7046
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Old June 6th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #237
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Railway map:

Phase 4.1 and 4.2(others are ready):
When are Phase 4.1 and 4.2 expected to be ready?
Any clue about how much faster (in minutes) train will be able to run after completion?
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When are Phase 4.1 and 4.2 expected to be ready?
Any clue about how much faster (in minutes) train will be able to run after completion?
4.1 - autumn 2014
4.2 - end of 2014

I can't find precise information about the amount of time saved but basically the speed would be doubled so ~15mins.
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4.1 - autumn 2014 4.2 - end of 2014
Thank you for the info. Let's hope the timetable of the trains Bucuresti/Sofia-Istanbul will be positively affected.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 08:46 PM   #240
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According to this article:
http://www.railwaybulletin.com/2014/...to-be-launched
in December 2014 should start running train from Sofia through Vidin-Calafat bridge to Budapest.
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