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  • Plovdiv rail map
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    Suburban railway planned as alternative to Plovdiv’s congested roads

    2022-05-09T07:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: Plans for a suburban rail network to relieve road congestion in Plovdiv are to drawn up shortly, Minister of Transport & Communications Nikolay Sabev said during a visit to the city in April. The ministry said 45 000 people travel to work by car in ...

  • BDZ Smartron
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    Bulgarian train operations reintegrated

    2022-02-15T10:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: The state rail operations holding company BDZ Holding and its passenger BDZ Ptnicheski Prevozi passenger and BDZ Tovarni Prevozi freight businesses have been reunited as one organisation, Minister of Transport & Communications Nikolay Sabev announced on February 4.

  • Sofia Pesa Swing tram (5)
    Metro Report International

    Sofia orders 25 trams after delayed process

    2021-11-22T05:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: Sofia operator Elektrotransport has ordered 25 Swing trams from Pesa Bydgoszcz, the Polish manufacturer’s fourth order from the city. They are to be delivered in 2023, taking the city’s Pesa fleet to 62 of the Swing design. The latest batch of 1 009 mm gauge ...

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    Metro Report International

    Sofia metro cars refurbished

    2021-10-28T05:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: TMH’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary has returned 12 Type 81-717.4/714.4 metro cars to Sofia Metro following their refurbishment. Sofia Metro has 168 cars which were built at the Mytishchi plant in Russia. A pilot batch of eight vehicles was modernised under a contract signed in December 2018, ...

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    Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania sign rail corridor memorandum

    2021-10-20T15:48:00Z

    EUROPE: Ministers from Bulgaria, Albania and North Macedonia have signed a memorandum covering plans to complete the missing rail links between their countries by 2030, but cautioned that this will require signficant investment. Bulgaria is to complete the upgrading of the Sofia – Pernik – Radomir ...

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    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package

    2021-07-29T09:25:00Z

    Railways across central and eastern Europe stand to benefit as member states submit their national post-Covid recovery plans to the EU in order to access temporary stimulus funds. Toma Bačić provides a snapshot of proposals from five countries. 

  • bg-Sofia-Line3-station-Siemens
    Metro Report International

    Sofia inaugurates Line 3 extension

    2021-04-27T08:57:00Z

    BULGARIA: A 3·8 km western extension of Sofia metro Line 3 from Krasno Selo and Gorna Banya opened on April 24.

  • bg BDZ electric loco (Jim Black, Pixabay)
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    Bombardier Transportation opens Sofia office to support Bulgarian projects

    2020-09-25T10:47:00Z

    BULGARIA: Bombardier Transportation has established a subsidiary in Bulgaria and opened a project management office in Sofia. ‘With substantial rail modernisation underway in Bulgaria, this new office marks a significant milestone in Bombardier’s commitment to this growing market’, said Richard Hunter, President, Rail Control Solutions at Bombardier ...

  • bg Sofia Metro Line M3 (7)
    Metro Report International

    ‘Most beautiful and cheapest’ metro line opens in Sofia

    2020-08-26T13:48:00Z

    BULGARIA: The first phase of Sofia Metro Line M3 opened on August 26, running 7·8 km east–west from Hadzhi Dimitar on Bulevard Vladimir Vazov to Krasno Selo with eight stations. ‘Our metro is the most beautiful and cheapest in Europe’, said Prime ...

  • BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains.
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    BDZ to repower narrow gauge locomotives

    2020-05-30T06:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: National operator BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains. The three classes of four-axle diesel locomotives on BDZ’s only remaining narrow gauge line ...

  • Bulgaria's BDZ has ordered 10 Siemens Mobility Smartron electric locomotives
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    Smartron locomotives ordered for passenger services

    2020-05-26T09:54:00Z

    BULGARIA: National operator BDZ has signed a contract for Siemens Mobility to supply 10 Smartron electric locomotives between February and May 2021 for use on passenger services. Siemens’ local subsidiary Siemens Tron was sole bidder for the contract, although Bombardier Transportation, Stadler Rail and the Excelor-EL consortium ...

  • bg BDZ electric loco (Jim Black, Pixabay)
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    One bidder for Bulgarian loco contract

    2020-04-23T07:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: A local subsidiary of Siemens Mobility has been confirmed as the only company to submit technical and financial bids for a contract to supply and maintain 10 electric locomotives for use on BDZ’s passenger services. The national railway intends to assess the technical proposal before ...

  • BULGARIA: Sofia Metro has awarded Transmashholding’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary a firm contract to modernise an additional 40 Series 81-717.4/714.4 metro cars. This is intended to improve the passenger experience, reduce operating costs and maintenance req
    Metro Report International

    Sofia Metro cars to be modernised

    2020-03-26T06:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: Sofia Metro has awarded Transmashholding’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary a firm contract to modernise an additional 40 Series 81-717.4/714.4 metro cars. This is intended to improve the passenger experience, reduce operating costs and maintenance requirements, and ensure a further 15 years of service. To minimise the impact ...

  • BDZ Desiro
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    Alstom to maintain Siemens multiple-units

    2020-01-04T07:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: National operator BDZ’s passenger division has awarded Alstom a €70m five-year contract to provide full maintenance services for its fleet of Siemens Desiro multiple-units. The deal covers a total of 126 cars which entered service from 2006. These comprise 22 diesel multiple-units operating on the Sofia ...

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    Bulgaria's ambitious plans hinge on reform

    2006-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Krasimir Krastanov reports on a strategic plan designed to bring about modernisation of the Bulgarian rail network