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“Away Again?” – Well, yes. Just a quick one photo upload as I have a few to get through and little time – the elusive 751201 finally had on an “Albatross Klub” charter at Červená Skala on the line from Zvolen to Kosice via Margecany. Just a single wheelie bin trailer for company at this lonely location, waiting to cross a goggle before the climb up to Telgart.
Hopefully I’ll get further photos from the trip up shortly(ish)
Another few days spent chasing after real trains, first around Plzen and then in what will be little surprise to some a little outing from Prague with an old friend!
Shooting Traxx in a barrel!
Just a Saturday / Sunday trip to throw a few lines in my very empty NS book, looking at the 17 turns and then doing the newly expanded 186 diagrams on IC turns to the south. Good weather and NS managing to run something like the advertised timetable helped, sadly no SNCB 28s as the Benelux was caped all weekend.
Next part of the ongoing Bulgarian information development, a page is now added with the operational status of Class 44 & Class 45 Skoda’s that form the bulk of the BDZ-Passenger Fleet.
|44001r||Sofia||Operational||Ex-44104, bent Koncar rebuild|
|44002r||Sofia||Operational||Ex-44145, bent Koncar rebuild|
|44064||Plovdiv||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO for scrap 12/2016|
|44074||Sofia||Withdrawn||Fire damage 2013. Scrapped?|
|44081||Sofia||Toasted||Atjos fire 04/2016. Dumped on Plovdiv. Complete wreck.|
|44085||Sofia||Repairs*||Oh yes, more fire damage (Sahrane, 06/2016)|
|44089||Sofia||Withdrawn||Fire damage at Resen 07/2011|
|44096||Sofia||Wrecked||Total fire damage near Karnobat 09/2016|
|44115||Gorna||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|44118||Gorna||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|44131||Plovdiv||Withdrawn||For sale 12/2016|
|44141||Gorna||Toasted||Bonfire at Svoboda 08/2016|
|45153||Plovdiv||Scrapped||Kaloyanovets Crash 2014|
|45193||Mezdra||Stored||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|45196||Gorna||Stored||Inside shed for overhaul?*|
BDZ-PP Class 44 & 45 Locos.
Skoda 68E1-E7, 1975-1983. Bo-Bo, 4210hp.
Time for a quick trip – NFP Railtour with two days of superb thrash with Hanzalik’s 749262 around the north of the country out of Usti nad Labem.
After flying in we didn’t do a great deal, appearing to cover the evening 714s out of Masarykovo. 714228 on the 1602 to Kladno was taken as far as Velaslavin. These trains were all full length trailers rather than the ‘bubble’ ones on previous visits. Perhaps a winter thing as there was plenty snow around.
Day 2 and there was plenty of sun but the snow was thawing quickly on lower ground. Here ‘262 pauses at Kastnice awaiting a path forward after we’d done the closed line to Kadansky Rohozec. We’d been circling the Kadan area power stations all morning but would now head south and west.
So a spare Monday before flying back meant that a couple of Praha moves were in order – 163234 is one of now few electrics in old colours and had worked into Praha on a Trutnov service. Then off to the airport which saw a very shiny 714220 picked up on the 1618 Praha-Rakovnik to Dejvice where it is seen, for another 714 to Velaslavin and the local bus to the airport.
Latest update to the Bulgarian Gen area – Class 07 workings for the December 2016 Timetable
I have now updated the 07 page with what I believe to be the current state of 07 workings
Basically, bad news….!
- Plovdiv – Kapikule turn – as advertised (if not expected) the overheads are now live all the way to Turkey. Plovdiv lose all regular 07 work as the Istanbul is now through electric. Obviously they’ve upped the Plovdiv-Svilengrad service as well, and there are a number of hauled services again now during the day.
- The Bucharest – Sofia train pair does not run (!!) in 2016 timetable apart from summer dates advertised as June to September. Hopefully this is factually correct, times would allow a CFR loco. Outside of these dates a CFR Desiro operates between Bucharest and Ruse only. #PROGRESS!!!
- 1470/1471 presumed, no info available
- Dobrich and Silistra turns retained. Both now booked to contain modern sleeping cars so require EH loco. The Varna turn is retimed from the afternoon to evening departure and now only goes to Dobrich.
|Day 1||Class 07’1||Varna Loco|
|TCB20950||05.50 Varna – Poveljanovo||LD|
|BV 2637||06.35 Poveljanovo – Dobrich||Portion off 2637 22.540 Sofia – Varna|
|28203||09.15 Dobrich – Varna|
|28206||18.50 Varna – Dobrich|
|BV 2636||21.15 Dobrich – Poveljanovo||Portion onto 2626 22.10 Varna – Sofia|
|TCB20955||23.00 Poveljanovo – Varna||LD|
|Day 3||Class 07’1||Ruse Loco (TBC – SUMMER DATED)
|MBV 460||16.10 Ruse – Giurgi Nord||09.00 Sofia – Bucharest – (Runs 03.06.17 to 03.10.17 only)|
|MBV 461||15.10 Giurgi Nord – Ruse||12.45 Bucharest – Sofia (Runs 02.06.17 to 02.10.17 only)|
|MBV 1470||00.40 Ruse – Giurgi Nord||17.40 Burgas – Budapest (SUMMER DATED)|
|MBV 1471||04.25 Giurgi Nord – Ruse||11.10 Budapest – Burgas (SUMMER DATED)|
|Day 4||Class 07’1||Ruse Loco
|BV 9647||05.54 Samuil – Silistra||21.20 ex Sofia|
|BV 9646||19.20 Silistra – Samuil||to Sofia (onto 2626 at Gorna)|
Bulgarian Gen Section Index link is here
All info provided in good faith and any additional (or any, to be honest) gen is always welcome. 19/01/17.
Ten years ago tonight (somehow) closed the final chapter on regular, booked WCML passenger workings worth going out for.
A frequent Rugby-New St-Cov evening move might not have been the most exciting but with a small crowd of sociable regulars, reliable (by WCML standards) running, tight timings and all the right noises from up front made it an enjoyable few months or so… All the more so after the rather disastrous month or so earlier in the year which had looked like such a low ebb for the class to go out on, but the 22nd December turned out to be a very enjoyable and very understated farewell.
And so it came down to 22/12/06… A cold and foggy night at Euston with a small crowd of regulars gathered around the loco as the road out of Platform 7 cleared and at 20.54 with some blasts on the horn, slow applause from the assembled bashers as the motors notch up, a low cry of “my lords” goes up as ‘002 heads onto Camden Bank, loco and that Mk3 stock noise all being echoed around by the swirling fog.
For some that was it, the end – the magic gone, forever. Perhaps it was fateful that Wembley Yard held 87s off to pastures of Eastern Europe where I would eventually follow!
002 Euston at the very end ready to leave ECS to Wembley Car Shed. It would be ten years before another seven worked a Class 1 at Euston.
Autumn 2006, 1G21 1651 Euston – Birmingham, 1B05 1900 Birmingham – Euston
Unforgettable to us few desperate souls!