A short trip to Bulgaria to have a blast on 87006 on the last day of a six-day PTG Railtour, with a couple of days thrown in doing some service trains.
Weds: EZ8973 Gatwick – Sofia, grabbed a ride on 52064 doing the Istanbul – Belgrade shunt then 43533 forward to Pirdop for a couple of happy hours photting ‘sevens’ and then 45173 onto Kazanlak for the night.
Thurs: An earlyish start only to be carted out with two ‘red’ units being provided for a run to Stara Zagora changing at Tulovo, then 44070 to Karnobat, where I missed a shunt before winner 46234 into Burgas for a quick blast in the Black Sea before a roundabout route to Varna with 46125, 45195 and 45155 providing haulage.
Fri: PTG tour with 87006 Varna – Sofia via Plovdiv – photos on a seperate page here
Sat: A trip on the narrow gauge then into Plovdiv for 07123 on the Panagjurishte branch which is currently loco-hauled, then back to Sofia prior to flying home Sunday. 46125 both ways on IC8611/8614 so having not had a 46’1 before plenty of KMs off that one now!
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