Belgrade and Bulgaria, March 2013

With BDZ looking like 2013 may be a year of change, we took a hastily arranged trip to Bulgaria in early March. Due to flight ching issues we flew to Belgrade, picking up my first ZS engines in the process with a couple of ned leaps and then 661152 from Nis to Dimitrovgrad on D293 to Sofia. The couchette reservation for this was easily sorted at Belgrade in no time at all and I was surprised with ZS timekeeping and Serbia in general beating expectations, admittedly only a flying visit though.

We spent three days in the Sofia area picking up winning BDZ electrics, with Cargo sectorisation in full swing we picked up a few things on the wihlist and got lucky falling into a few photos of BZK’s 87007, 87026 & 87029 all working freight trains. The only other ‘seven’ viewed was a quick glance of 87025 on Poduyane Depot still in faded VT livery as it awaits overhaul for Bulmarket.

The last day we went for a spin on the, as ever, superb Narrow Gauge then played the vice-DMU lottery at Plovdiv – as usual luck for winners was out as 07032 declined to come out and play. We then flew back from Plovdiv “Airport” which is barely deserving of the title!

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