For a few reasons we brought this years Bulgaria forward to May, and again did a circular trip round the country. As ever there was a large amount of digging up taking place which led to some pluses, some minuses and overall the trip was simply enjoyable – as ever in BG.
We started off RA from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv to cover any ‘vice’ action (denied) then a play on the narrow gauge (77009 tick) before heading east on train 8601 which was diverted from Plovdiv via Karlovo (new track) as the entire mainline is still in bits. Then an enjoyable couple of days around Varna photting 87s (click here) / deckchairing both the beach (burnt) and the local electrics (largely dud) before heading up to Ruse and Levski where we did well for new diesels (07111, 55143, 55144 all pen) en-route to Sofia over two days. Then a hard days spinning around Sofia (three new), not helped by some riot on the shed meaning lots of late departures awaiting locos before heading home to drearyland again.
As ever, thanks to Potter, Gaz, Parker and Adam for the company.