BDZ Class 07 “Ludmilla”
A familiar lump to those who know diesel locos in Germany, the 07 is BDZ’s heavy hauler off the wires.
Of the “Ludmilla family” the BDZ examples are closest to DR 131 / DB 231, being built to the same 100km/h, “NB” no train heat specification. Between 2001 and 2003 five class members were fitted with ETH equipment and reclassified as 07’1, the reclassification simply adding 100 to the running number, so 07106 is ex 07006 etc. Following progressive electrification the class has been run down and just a few passenger workings remain booked.
The passenger fleet is believed to consist of, with locations as best known as of June 2016:
07106 – Varna
07111 – Ruse
07123 – Plovdiv
07124 – Plovdiv
07126 – Plovdiv
07032 – Ruse
07064 – Gorna O (oos)
07069 – Gorna O (oos)
07084 – Gorna O (oos)
Ruse and Varna locos tend to be moved in the consist of passenger trains to/from Gorna for heavy maintenace. The Varna and Plovdiv diagrams require an EH loco due to the sleeper/couchette wagon whereas it seems optional on the other trains, although possibly a different picture in winter. It is not believed any boiler vans remain active.
DECEMBER 2016 TIMETABLE UPDATE:
Basically, bad news….!
- Plovdiv – Kapikule turn – turned over to an electric in November 2016.
- Train does not run (!!) in 2016 timetable apart from summer dates as below. Looking at the times however it may be a CFR loco. Outside of these dates a CFR Desiro operates between Bucharest and Ruse only. #PROGRESS!!!
- Dobrich and Silistra turns retained. Both now booked to contain modern sleeping cars so require EH loco
|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)|
Additional work may occur vice Desiro between Plovdiv – Peshtera / Panagyurishte however with declining DMU requirements these are now few and far between. Very occasional use around Levski has also been reported once or twice.
The “Istanbul” train pair is expected to go over to an electric in December 2016, when the electrification of the line between Dimitrovgrad and Svilengrad / Kapikule is due to be completed so an electric will presumably be used. BDZ have missed such targets before mind!
The ‘Danube Shuffle’ between Ruse and Giurgi Nord on the Bucharest International is shared between CFR and BDZ on a rotating seven year basis. I believe the current BDZ period runs 2012-2019 however in Autumn 2016 due to an alleged shortage of BDZ engines the CFR loco was again working through. When CFR are operating, the Romanian GM runs through to Ruse.
All gen posted in good faith & updates always appreciated – last update Jan 2017 – up to date as best known for Dec 2016 TT