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Old April 2nd, 2011, 11:55 PM   #141
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Can you post those pictures in better resolution? This way we cannot see anything.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #142
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Bulgaria Turkey Plan Sofia-Edirne Bullet Train

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Turkey has launched an ambitious project for a direct high-speed railway connection between Central Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, which is to also pass through Bulgaria.

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Bulgaria and Turkey are planning the launch of a bullet train between Sofia and Edirne, according to Suleyman Karaman, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Turkish State Railways.

Karaman told the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, transport ministers of the two countries recently held talks on the project, saying Turkey is ready with the project and is waiting for the Bulgarian side.

"Bulgarians are applying effort according to their possibilities. We insist on the realization of the project ASAP, because the high-speed train will facilitate transport between Turkey and Europe," the CEO says.

Karaman explained the deadline is estimated somewhere in the next five years, pointing out the bullet train launch between Edirne and Istanbul is coming in the very near future, by the end of 2011, with two thirds of the 280-km railroad already finished. The railroad will be used for both passenger and cargo trains.

It is part of Turkey's ambitious project to have a direct railway connection between Central Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 02:45 AM   #143
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Ambitious indeed. Good luck, and that train looks sick (in a good way).
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:48 AM   #144
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Ambitious indeed. Good luck, and that train looks sick (in a good way).
Picture of a japanese high-speed train (they all have quite funny aesthetics)
that has nothing to do with the Turkey-Bulgaria project anyway...
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Old May 16th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #145
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This video shows the current state of the railway through the Struma gorge part of Sofia-Greece railway and motorway route and corridor IV:
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This route is planned for a reconstruction 2014-2020 after which it will allow traveling speeds of 160kmph for conventional trains and 200kmph for trains with tilting wagons.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #146
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This video shows the current state of the railway through the Struma gorge part of Sofia-Greece railway and motorway route and corridor IV:


This route is planned for a reconstruction 2014-2020 after which it will allow traveling speeds of 160kmph for conventional trains and 200kmph for trains with tilting wagons.
This reconstruction won't be terribly useful if the international passenger
traffic to Greece is not re-instated... That bing said, this line is very nice.
Not fast, but very scenic. I wish I could have been there before traffic
closed. Bummer.

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Old November 8th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #147
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BDZ closing up?

Dear friends,
this thead has been remarkably silent. We know that BDZ is not doing well. The debt has amounted to technical insolvency, the desiro trains are threatened with confiscation because of the comapny's breach of contract, the trade unions are threatening with strike, and one plan proposes to close down 2/3 of operations.
What are the prospects? Any chance that the government will finally discover its obligations beyond building highways and will start investing into BDZ's future, as Romania has? Or will things go downhill?
Please, share your expertise with us. This forum is not just there to post the grand new projects, but also the many threats railways are under in the 21st century.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 01:33 AM   #148
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Dear friends,
this thead has been remarkably silent. We know that BDZ is not doing well. The debt has amounted to technical insolvency, the desiro trains are threatened with confiscation because of the comapny's breach of contract, the trade unions are threatening with strike, and one plan proposes to close down 2/3 of operations.
What are the prospects? Any chance that the government will finally discover its obligations beyond building highways and will start investing into BDZ's future, as Romania has? Or will things go downhill?
Please, share your expertise with us. This forum is not just there to post the grand new projects, but also the many threats railways are under in the 21st century.
BDZ did not have any major reforms after the political changes. It's structures are far over-extended, passenger satisfaction is extremely low, and most of the trains travel empty. BDZ should concentrate on the main destinations (Sofia -> Burgas, Sofia -> Varna etc.) and finally reform itself into a more commercially-oriented company.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:20 PM   #149
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Testing of new tracks for 160 km/h (200 km/h with tilting trains) between Plovdiv and Svilengrad:
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The high-speed railway between Plovdiv and the Turkish border refers to 150-km railway section. Map from plovdivsvilengradrailway.com/en
Bulgaria's government has made a test run of a newly renovated southern highway railway section where trains can go at 160 km/h.

The testing of a section of the Plovdiv-Svilengrad railway line, which runs from the center of Southern Bulgaria to the border with Turkey, was attended by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski, Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev.

The government delegation took a trip with from Krumovo to Parvomay, a 37-km section, which was taken in 20 minutes with a speed of 165 km/h. Before the modernization of the line, the distance there would take about an hour, the Transport Ministry explained.

"After 2013 Bulgaria can apply for a total funding of EUR 300 M from the EU, which amounts to modernized railway sections for 100 new trains," stated Bulgaria's Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski.

He further promised that by 2014 the entire railway line from Plovdiv to the border with Turkey and Greece would be modernized, and the distance would take about 1 hour 15 minutes.

The Bulgarian Transport Ministry pointed out that the Plovdiv-Svilengrad railway line renovation is the largest infrastructure project of "National Company Industrial Infrastructure"; it is being carried out with a transition in the types of EU funding – from the pre-accession ISPA program to Operational Program Transport.

According to the government, the project provides for the reconstruction of one of the oldest railway lines in Bulgaria; once completed, passenger trains will be able to run at 160 km/h, and freight trains – at 120 km/h.

The project encompasses the reconstruction and partial doubling of approximately 150 km of railway track, construction of a catenary system, traction substations, signaling systems, telecommunications and radio control, as well as structures which will enable the complete doubling of the line in the future.

As of December 22, 2011, Bulgaria's National Company Industrial Infrastructure has seen completed 99% of the renovation of the Krumovo-Parvomay railway line by the Greek company TERNA, and the Parvamay-Dimitrovgrad line's modernization has been completed at 95% by the Italian company Astaldi.

The rest of the Plovdiv-Svilengrad line – from Dimitrovgrad to Svilengrad – will be funded under EU Operational Program Transport, with a tender already having started. The final section – from Svilengrad to the Turkish border – is supposed to be completed by the summer of 2012.
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Old December 24th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #150
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As seen from the video, tests are made by almost 40 years old locomotive, which made some places even 180 km/h. It was loaned by a private freight company, because BDZ doesn't have locomotives capable of such speeds (due not only to original technical specifications, but also to not so good condition).
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Old December 24th, 2011, 03:39 PM   #151
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due not only to original technical specifications, but also to not so good condition).
Are you sure Bulgarian State Railway Company has locomotives which were able to cruise with more than 140kmh when they were brand new?
Because AFAIK it doesn't.

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Bulgaria's Subway, Railway Expansions to Be Funded with EU Money


Several major transport infrastructure projects in Bulgaria – including the expansion of the Sofia Metro to Sofia International Airport – will be funded with EU money from Operational Program Transport, the government announced.

Two of the other major projects include the rehabilitation of the Central Railway Station in Sofia and the construction of an intermodal transport terminal in Plovdiv, said Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski, after taking part in a meeting of the Bulgarian Committee for Supervision for implementation of Operational Program Transport in the town of Pravets.

The Committee sitting was also attended by Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, European Commission representatives, and officials from local authorities, project beneficiaries, NGOs, and syndicates.

The Committee decided to transfer EUR 110 M from Priority Axis 4 for improvement for navigation to Priority Axis 3 for improvement of intermodality of passenger and freight transport.

The funds in question were supposed to be used to expand the Danube waterway in a problematic spot between the islands of Batin and Belene.

However, Bulgaria and Romania have signed a joint declaration deciding to put off the Danube navigation improvement project in question for the next programming period (2014-2020), while still continuing to work on preliminary surveys.

Thus, Romania is going to keep up exploration works funded under the EU pre-accession program ISPA, and Bulgaria is setting aside EUR 10 M from Operational Program Transport to prepare the Danube waterway project for the next programming period.

At the same time, Bulgaria's National Company "Railway Infrastructure" has given up on the construction of an intermodal transport terminal in Sofia before 2013, and is leaving that project for the period after 2014.

Instead, it has decided to build an internmodal transport terminal in the southern city of Plovdiv.

The redirected funding will be used to finance the expansions of the Sofia Metro to Sofia International Airport (Metro Line 1), which is estimated to cost EUR 100 M, the rehabilitation of the Central Railway Station in Sofia – EUR 20 M, and the construction of the intermodal transport terminal in Plovdiv – EUR 7.5 M.

All of these projects are supposed to be completed by the end of 2014, according to the Bulgarian government.

Contracts for a total of EUR 1.7 B, or 87% of the budged of Operational Program Transport for Bulgaria for 2007-2013, have been made so far. The beneficiaries have been paid EUR 400 M, which is about 20% of the slated funding. The payment requests sent to the EC as of today provide for 23% of the programming period budget. Our balance shows that these requests in the past year are more than in all previous years of the current period," Transport Ministry Ivaylo Moskovski explained.

He pointed out that the Stara Zagora road junction funded by Operational Program Transport was completed in southern Bulgaria in October as part of the completion of Trakiya Highway.

"Over the summer of next year we will complete the projects for the modernization of the railway from Svilengrad to the border with Turkey, Lots 2 and 3 of Trakiya highway, and the new sections of the Sofia Metro," Moskovski said
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Old December 24th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #152
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As it was commented in the Bulgarian section of the forum, the fastest avaible common locomotives of BDZ are for 130 km/h, but there are some modifications for 150.
Fastest locomotives in Bulgaria are of private freight operator DB Schenker and are almost brand new
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Old December 24th, 2011, 10:22 PM   #153
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Old January 10th, 2012, 01:16 AM   #154
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Great news all this high speed investment.
I was in Sofia in August, beautifull city! Did go by train to Nis and Belgrade during a holiday, than it's beautiful to see the scenery, all went by nice and slowly.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #155
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Iskar gorge between Sofia and Mezdra shot recently ([email protected]). Some parts of the track have been renovated, defensive nets installed on dangerous rocks etc.

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Old February 25th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #156
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Bulgaria's international trains on the way out

Bulgaria now has only one international train left. First Greece cancelled the trains to Sofia because of its financial difficulities beginning 2011. Now with the winter storms, the Romanian section between Videle and Giurgiu and the Friendship Bridge between the two countries were effected and traffic stopped there. When in the south the snow thawed the dams along the Maritsa burst, destroying the just freshly modernised section running up to the Turkish border. Guesses are it will take at least a month, but due to pictures I saw today on a Bulgarian site, it could take even longer. With no more traffic to Turkey and to Romania possible, BDZ and ZS decided to also cancel the Balkan Express between Bulgaria and Serbia while they were at it. Therefore the only international train to Bulgaria anymore is the Nuksic night train between Sofia and Belgrade. As BDZ has taken up the habit not to supply the sleepers it according to schedule should, the Nuksic just has seats, which is not really very comfortable for an all night trip, all this despite the fact that with all these cancellations, BDZ should have plenty of sleepers.
Things look very bleak for people who want to travel to Bulgaria. A better advertisement for airlines than the mismanagement and lack of support by the Bulgarian government for BDZ cannot be found.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:16 AM   #157
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I don't know why anyone in their right mind would take those trains.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #158
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Because of the improvements in travel time and comfort of trains in Western and Central Europe, many people have rediscovered travelling by train and set out on trips to Istanbul or Athens, Romania or Bulgaria. When they see the sorry state of trains in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia, they are usually shocked and do not return. It would take a little investment to make these trips more comfortable.
BDZ introduced at the beginning of 2011 ex-GDR sleepers on the route to Vienna and to Istanbul and people believed things would pick up again, but first they were replaced by the old BDZ sleepers, then they disappeared all together. Officially at the end of 2012 BDZ should receive new sleepers from TÜVASAS, but at the present state, I wonder if BDZ can afford to pay for them and if they will be used at all or if they will disappear like the GDR sleepers.
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As BDZ has taken up the habit not to supply the sleepers it according to schedule should, the Nuksic just has seats, which is not really very comfortable for an all night trip, all this despite the fact that with all these cancellations, BDZ should have plenty of sleepers.
The Nušić currently has got a Serbian sleeper.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #160
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If that is the case, I am relieved. One friend took it in November and reported taking a fairly run down Serbian couchette car. Another report from a few days ago states that it now only runs with sitting cars. I hope this is only temporary and the Serbian couchette or sleeper is back soon.
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