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Old February 18th, 2010, 03:39 PM   #121
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Old February 18th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #122
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all the fhotos of the stations were taken from this site:
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Old February 18th, 2010, 05:25 PM   #123
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thanks for the update. It seems that most of the stations need urgent repair works
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Old February 19th, 2010, 08:37 AM   #124
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it is so interesting that the architecture of the stations of our geography is very similar to the eachother. Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece...
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Old February 19th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #125
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no wonder, we all had common history the first railway line on the territory of Bulgaria was opened in 1866 - during the Turkish Empire rule of Bulgaria. I guess that may explain it.
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Old February 20th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #126
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no wonder, we all had common history the first railway line on the territory of Bulgaria was opened in 1866 - during the Turkish Empire rule of Bulgaria. I guess that may explain it.
A short history of Balkan railways: the first railways operated in the European part of the Ottoman Empire were Constanta-Danube and Ruse-Varna, both built by an English company for a combined river - rail - sea transport. The Ottoman Empire subsequently looked for a rail only link to Central Europe and contracted my namesake, a Bavarian-born banker operating with French and Belgian capital to create a Constantinople-Austria rail link with several branch networks in the 1870s. He created the Chemins de Fer Orientales (Oriental Railways) to operate them. The War of 1876 and Bulgarian secession interrupted, delayed and rerouted the original plan until 1888. The Oriental Railways were later sold to a consortium of Austrian and German banks (incl. Deutsche Bank), which continued to operate them until the Balkan Wars. The Oriental Railways included: Istanbul-Plovdiv-(Sofia-Nis), with branches to Jambol and Alexandroupolis; Thessaloniki-Florina-(Bitola); Thessaloniki-Skopje-Vranje; Skopje-Kosovska Mitrovica. Thessaloniki-Alexandroupolis was built and operated by a different company which was mainly based on French capital.
German and Austrian, but also Italian employees of the railways were fairly common, including positions as station managers in the provincial stations we have seen above.
After the Balkan Wars, the national railway companies of Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and later Turkey nationalized the railway lines and phased out foreign personnel.
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Old February 20th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #127
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I just want to add that a lot of those foreign personnel stayed in Serbia afterwards. And even today you can find people with French or Italian surnames in here.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 04:56 PM   #128
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no wonder, we all had common history. the first railway line on the territory of Bulgaria was opened in 1866 - during the Turkish Empire rule of Bulgaria. I guess that may explain it.
Weren't most stations built after BG got rid of the Turks anyway?
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 05:30 PM   #129
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The 1878 Berlin Treaty demanded of the Semi-independent Principalty of Bulgaria and of East Rumelia that they stick to the contracts the Porte had made with Baron Hirsch and his Oriental Railways Company. However, in the long run Hirsch withdrew from Bulgaria. Romania and Bulgaria started a program of state-financed railroad building, while the Ottoman Empire still heavily relied on private sector investments.
You are right though: many of the buildings in the picture are from post-1914. Even after all countries had gone their seperate ways, railways remained an important part of showing a country's economic dynamism and as such, railway stations had to represent modernity, even if they were (or still are) in parts of the country where life was pretty rural. The style and taste in station architecture remained similar, partially even after the onset of socialism.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 05:59 PM   #130
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The 1878 Berlin Treaty demanded of the Semi-independent Principalty of Bulgaria and of East Rumelia that they stick to the contracts the Porte had made with Baron Hirsch and his Oriental Railways Company. However, in the long run Hirsch withdrew from Bulgaria. Romania and Bulgaria started a program of state-financed railroad building, while the Ottoman Empire still heavily relied on private sector investments.
You are right though: many of the buildings in the picture are from post-1914. Even after all countries had gone their seperate ways, railways remained an important part of showing a country's economic dynamism and as such, railway stations had to represent modernity, even if they were (or still are) in parts of the country where life was pretty rural. The style and taste in station architecture remained similar, partially even after the onset of socialism.
Thanks for the comment.Well yeah after the onset of socialism this style remained partially during the first couple of decades then in the 60-ies and 70-ies they were building the new stations in a style which was modern back then not only in the socialist countries.And I think that with some renovations these stations will look nice too.


Anyways here is an update of the construction/renovation of Plovdiv-Svilengrad line.

Km 191+000 – 192+000 - Overview

Railway Track km 201+200

Road Overpass Parvomai 1 North

Overview km 192+000

Fly-over km 206+485 – humus on road approach embankment

Cheshnegirovo Halt and Road Overpass Cheshnegirovo 1
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Installations of Catenary on the hard spans collar beams

Thanks to Turnovec
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 06:36 PM   #131
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yeah, in recent years most of the main railway stations in Ruse /Roustschouk/ region were renovated, quite decently I must admit. I like them To my opinion the "hanger" type of railway stations in Bulgaria must also fall under deep renovation as they look out of sense right now. And most need to offer better services to passengers, incl. more attractive and clean WCs
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Old February 28th, 2010, 08:19 PM   #132
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Does that mean that soon the international train to Istanbul From Bucarest
will have electric traction all its way from Ruse to Svilengrad ? Currently the
electric loco is changed for a diesel one at Dimitrovgrad ...

Thanks in advance,
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Old February 28th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #133
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Does that mean that soon the international train to Istanbul From Bucarest
will have electric traction all its way from Ruse to Svilengrad ? Currently the
electric loco is changed for a diesel one at Dimitrovgrad ...

Thanks in advance,
That's right.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 02:23 AM   #134
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Does anybody know what company manufactures the class 61, or similar locomotives (electric shunters)?

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Old February 14th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #135
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A bulgarian forum with lots of photos and videos
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 01:51 AM   #136
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An old steam train property of BNR(БДЖ=Български Държавни Железници=Bulgarian National Railways)is used to carry passengers from Sofia Central Railway Station to Bankya Railway station as a touristic attraction. Ticket=0.4 eurocents.

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Old March 29th, 2011, 12:37 PM   #137
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You can find a video for the project for a new 200kmph railway Sofia-Botevgrad-Mezdra-Vraza-Montana-Vidin here.


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The most eastern route was chosen. Sofia-Botevgrad-the red route and Botevgrad-Mezdra-the orange route
With cyan color is the existing railway, currently passing through the Iskar gorge. This route has been dismissed because it passes through several protected areas.
The most western route through Petrohan pass was dismissed because "its value was too high".

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Old March 31st, 2011, 06:43 PM   #138
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Can you post those pictures in better resolution? This way we cannot see anything.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 12:12 AM   #139
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In 2006 I was in Varna on vacation with a friend and we took the train just for the fun and after 2 hours we ended in Shumen I believe. The train was incredible slow and very old. You couldn't look good through the windows because of al the green moss on it and there were only 4 trains a day leaving for that direction! But it had character, so we enjoyed it. Shumen itself was terrible and on the way back to Varna some gypsies along the track were throwing things at the train.

People in Bulgaria were also not very proud of the trainservices. When we told people we were going to take the train the most of them looked funny and asked why we didn't take the bus.
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Many people travel by train because it is cheap. For example, the trip between the two largest cities, Sofia and Plovdiv, with student/pupil/pensioner/other card is around 2 euro, while the card itself is 0,5 euro for one year. And those trains are actually clean and comfortable. It is sometimes cheaper that going somewhere in Sofia with public transport...
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