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Bulgarian passenger car, source: Bulgarian State Railways (BDŽ)

Bulgarian Railways refurbishes passenger coaches

BDŽ Putnicheski Prevozi, a passenger branch of the Bulgarian State Railways (BDŽ), is upgrading its fleet. The rail operator has already refurbished 25 passenger coaches. By the year’s end, the company will be modernising 15 passenger cars per month.

The modernisation of passenger coaches is a part of the company’s large programme to upgrade the rolling stock. However, this stage includes only the refurbishment of passenger cars. All the upgraded units will return on the long-distance routes. “The gradual upgrading of cars will significantly improve the travel conditions on trains,” BDŽ Putnicheski Prevozi announced in an official statement.

Siemens Desiro

Earlier, BDŽ Putnicheski Prevozi has acquired 25 new diesel and 25 electric multiple units. The vehicles were also purchased within the programme for upgrading the company’s rolling stock. The ordered trains were produced and supplied by Siemens Mobility. The manufacturer delivered the units of the Desiro family.

25 diesel two-car passenger trains of the BDŽ class 10 were entered into service in 2005-2006. Meanwhile, BDŽ Putnicheski Prevozi purchased the electric units of two types – 15 three-car vehicles of the BDŽ class 30 and 10 four-car vehicles of the BDŽ class 31. The electric trains were delivered in 2007-2008.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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