87004 on LCGB Bulgaria Railtour

Friday 6th May saw the final day of a LCGB week long kettle railtour being advertised with a BZK “seven” from Pleven to Sofia. This was too good to turn down as a holiday opportunity so as part of a ten day Bulgaria/Romania trip we had arranged a part fare on said charter. Originally planned to be 87010 which is sidelined at Podyjane, 87004 was unsurprisingly provided especially as the stock was formed of the Bulgarian Royal Train – a presidential saloon, couchette coach and one compartment coach – how many locos have worked Royal Trains of two different countries I wonder?!

A 10.00 departure from Pleven saw us wind our way to Sofia via plenty of photo stops and the stunning Mezdra Valley – certainly not a bad way to spend a day and the first 87 passenger working of the year to boot . As a bonus, this was the only day of sun on their tour, cue much moaning about sun coming out for electrics whilst they had been viewing plinthed kettles in the rain!!

Posted May 11, 2011 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Euro Nedding

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