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Bulgaria 2008

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One of the trial locomotives, 87019-6 stands in the yard at Podujane. Two days later this locomotive worked the first Class 87 railtour since the last few 87s were withdrawn from service in the UK in 2007.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 09:05
The driving desk of 87008-9 shows that a few modifications have been made.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 09:25
87008-9 stands outside the Koncar workshops in Podujane near Sofia.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 09:35
87007-1 being worked on in the Koncar workshops in Podujane near Sofia.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 10:03
1918-built 600mm gauge Henschel 0-8-0T steam locomotive No.479 stands on a plinth inside Sofia Central station.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 12:17
BDZ 30025/30425/30026 stands at at Makachevo after arriving on the 16:52 from Sofia via Botunets. Services on the route towards Karlovo were terminating at Makachevo due to engineeering works.
Photograph taken on 03/10/2008 at 18:18
Sofia metre gauge tram 92, with trailer 501, waits at Pl. Vazrazhdane ready to work a charter service for PTG Tours.
Photograph taken on 04/10/2008 at 18:00
Formerly BR Class 87, now owned by BZK, locomotive 87019-6 stands at Jana in the rain/sleet/snow. Jana is on one of the suburban routes north of Sofia.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 08:47
87019-6 in the rain at the photo stop at Elisejina on the Sofia - Mezdra route.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 11:10
During a short break at Vratza, 87019-6 shares the station area with heavily-graffitied Riga-built EMU 32107/32108.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 12:45
87019-6 at Bojchinovci.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 14:06
After running round the railtour stock, 87019-6 stands at the branch terminus at Berkovica. The mountains are white-capped from the snow earlier in the day.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 15:06
87019-6 at work - but not very hard! 70km/h and 450 Amps shows that the loco is having an easy time. Those familiar with the 87s will see a number of modifications made for use in Bulgaria.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 17:33
A view of the Iskar gorge north of Sofia, through the front cab window of 87019-6.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 17:51
87019-6 at Sofia Central after arrival of the railtour.
Photograph taken on 05/10/2008 at 19:27

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