Still a top place! Most things managed to eventually fall into place nicely again for 2015’s Bulgaria trip, usual circular trip to cover the ground. Managed a dozen new BDZ locos and added a few more to the ‘active winners’ list for the next trip! Storming around behind classic Skoda electrics in fresh air compos, driven hard on single lines with little to no gen, let alone diagrams, perhaps bashing in its simplest form. Between trains 😉 managed a few phots of EA’s and also a pair of OBB Taurus which have now spread their wings this far East.
We also did the International service between Sofia-Budapest which goes over the new Danube II bridge between Vidin and Golenti. Due to Craiova airport being shut we then transitted home via Bucharest. Rumour has to this service, if it survives, will be retimed into an overnight for 2016 so perhaps good to do it in daylight.
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Obviously you’ll also want to look at the 87 phots, won’t you…?
With a free day in Copenhagen vice cancelled railtour, we decided to take a trip on the train ferry which connects Denmark and Germany between Rodby and Puttgarden. All trains are worked by ICE-TD tilting DMUs and a reasonably regular service operates between Hamburg and Copenhagen, the ferry service itself operates every half hour using four ships from a fleet of five.
We got off the Copenhagen-Hamburg at Puttgarden for the local cart forward to Oldenburg which made a nice plus half hour onto the summer dated 218 hauled IC service back to Puttgarden which produced, annoyingly, boring re-engined 218322.
Both Rodby and Puttgarden are shadows of their former selves from a railway point if view with a huge amount of disused sidings and running lines, with the opening of the Great Fixed Link in Denmark allowing through rail traffic to avoid the ferry and travel via Padborg the route via Puttgarden no longer sees any freight traffic and itself is planned to be replaced by a bridge which is due for completion in 2018.
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