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Old March 4th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #161
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It would take a little investment to make these trips more comfortable.
Please, that's a not a correct statement.

By the way BDZ may spent 300mln euros as part of a EU programme on new trains. IMHO, I don't believe it until I seee it.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #162
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That would be great. It is time that the Bulgarian government stops pretending that BDZ's problems will be solved by themselves. It will take some government investments to make BDZ a service company which can live up to the standards people expect nowadays in Bulgaria. If the T▄VASAS sleepers and this new program would be used, that would really change the face of train travel in Bulgaria.
By the way, BDZ has temporarily repaired the damage to the line near Harmanli and international trains to Turkey, Serbia, and Romania are once again running.
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Old March 10th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #163
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Old March 11th, 2012, 04:28 AM   #164
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Old April 4th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #165
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Works on the modernisation of the corridor between Sofia and Plovdiv have started with the delivery of the first batch of UIC60 rails. The sections that will be modernised in this part of the project are Septemvri - Pazardzhik - Plovdiv.

There will be some corrections to accomodate minimal curve radius Rmin = 1500 m, this equals for speeds of 160 km/h, and the loading gauge is the standard UIC GC. There will be new signaling and all of the road crossings will be eliminated.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #166
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Will all road crossings be replaced with overpasses/underpasses? That would be amazing for potential future speed increases and safety.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #167
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Most of them will be replaced with overpasses/underpasses and the others will be closed.

In the meantime, they are working on some 250 km of track sections between Plovdiv and Burgas. The upgrades are again for speeds up to 160 km/h for the passenger services and 100 km/h for the freight.

Also by the end of this year the line between Plovdiv and Dimitrovgrad must be fully completed again for these speeds.


This fall the new bridge on the Danube between Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania) will be opened for mixed traffic (road and rail). The railway line is projected again for 160 km/h operations and will be electrified at least in the Bulgarian part, but I think that the electrification will run up to Golenti on the Romanian side.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #168
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Most of them will be replaced with overpasses/underpasses and the others will be closed.

In the meantime, they are working on some 250 km of track sections between Plovdiv and Burgas. The upgrades are again for speeds up to 160 km/h for the passenger services and 100 km/h for the freight.

Also by the end of this year the line between Plovdiv and Dimitrovgrad must be fully completed again for these speeds.

This fall the new bridge on the Danube between Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania) will be opened for mixed traffic (road and rail). The railway line is projected again for 160 km/h operations and will be electrified at least in the Bulgarian part, but I think that the electrification will run up to Golenti on the Romanian side.
That is excellent news regarding the railway crossings. The railway line will be rehabilitated and electrified from Calafat all the way to Craiova (where it will link with the Bucharest-Timisoara mainline). I know they are still debating the route, trying to balance out the maxspeed (also 160 km/h) versus the cost.

Perhaps in the future we will see faster Bucharest-Sofia services hauled by electric locomotives.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:13 AM   #171
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The section Plovdiv-Dimitrovgrad of Plovdiv-Svilengrad high-speed railway opened today. It will allow for 160-200km/h. Till the end of the year another section Svilengrad-Turkish border will be opened too. This summer they'll start Septemvri-Plovdiv.
Projects for next period 2014-2020:

Sofia-Septemvri
Sofia-Botevgrad-Vidin
Sofia-Dragoman
Sofia-Pernik-Radomir
Mezdra-Gorna Oryahovitsa
Sofia-Kulata which will be financed by TEN-T
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The section Plovdiv-Dimitrovgrad of Plovdiv-Svilengrad high-speed railway opened today. It will allow for 160-200km/h. Till the end of the year another section Svilengrad-Turkish border will be opened too. This summer they'll start Septemvri-Plovdiv.
Projects for next period 2014-2020:

Sofia-Septemvri
Sofia-Botevgrad-Vidin
Sofia-Dragoman
Sofia-Pernik-Radomir
Mezdra-Gorna Oryahovitsa
Sofia-Kulata which will be financed by TEN-T
Is there actually going to be a passenger train travelling at speeds above 160 km/h at present, or is it merely theoretically built to allow higher speeds in the future?
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 01:30 PM   #173
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Is there actually going to be a passenger train travelling at speeds above 160 km/h at present, or is it merely theoretically built to allow higher speeds in the future?
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.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 04:19 PM   #174
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Actually with 300 mln euro how much trains we can buy and is there possibility that they won't be turkish? What have Moskovski said?
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Old July 5th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #175
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Here in Turkey recently Moskovski in a big celebration excepted the first batch of Turkish sleeper coaches, the second to come this month and the third at the end of the year. Does anybody know how long it will take to put them into service and on which lines they will be used? For the moment, Budapest - Sofia, Sofia - Istanbul and Sofia - Belgrade and Sofia - Bucharest BDZ sleeping coaches remain cancelled, do not know the situation on internal services.
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The new sleeping cars will be used mainly on Sofia - Burgas and Sofia - Varna. Most of the sleeper coaches if not all are stopped from service, because it's time for their refurbishment, but there is no money for repairs.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #177
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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?
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Old October 15th, 2012, 08:44 PM   #178
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The same as with the roadworks on the bridge. The bridge needs hydro-insulation after it is connected (this is expected somewhere next week) and they need to lay and ballast the tracks from the start of the elevated approach to the bridge to to the Romanian bank of the Danube.

Then they can start mounting the catenary. The line will be electrified from Vidin Tovarna (newly constructed freight only station) to Golenti in Romania. Vmax = 160 km/h.

The trains will be likely hauled by Bulgarian electrics - either BDZ 44/45, BDZ 46, BZK Class 87 (ex. British Rail), or DB Schenker Class 86 (ex. DSB EA Class) or UK Class 92 (ex. EWS).
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #179
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Great, so traffic could start some time next year? Do you know if they plan to extend passenger services Sofia-Vidin to Golenti or will this bridge just be used for freight for the moment?
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I think a service passenger Sofia - Craiova will be plausible. But let's see if BDZ will survive until the new timetable.
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