Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 21: Wonderful Rocks (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 20: GM to Ludmilla Diesel (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...ulgaria-2015-20-GM-to-Ludmilla-Diesel-(50-p-)


To the video:
https://youtu.be/4dl-qDnduFM


The timetable for this part:
Code:
Thu, Aug 6 2015

Varna dep 6:40  PV 30150 -> Burgas


Asparuhovo arr 8:12 +5

Asparuhovo dep 15:09  PV 30154 -> Burgas


August 6 2015

Thursday morning we started early for day trips, on the way to the station we passed the Bulgarian navy headquarters.
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Trolleybus 82 to Vladislavovo at the railway terminal.
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That day our paths diverged, as I was about to wait most of the time in the summer heat which might not be ideal for non-railway-enthusiasts. My companion took PV 20160 towards Shumen on platform 2 left, while I boarded PV 30150 towards Burgas to the right.
Varna is one of few BDZ stations with online live departure display:
http://razpisanie.bdz.bg/site/search.jsp
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Overnight express BV 8637 from Plovdiv arriving 23 minutes late at 5:55 a.m., two more from Sofia were about to follow soon.
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PV 20160 departing punctually.
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Upon departure we passed Varna depot, amongst others stabled 07 073 can be spotted.
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Beautified concrete bunker at Ezerovo.
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BZK (Bulgarska Zeleznopitna Kompanija - "Bulgarian Railway Company") is operating a fleet of second-hand class 87 from Britain, here at Razdelna freight yard.
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A second class 87 and a GDR class V60.
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Prepared for the heat at small station Trastikovo.
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Afterwards Sindel junction is reached from where my companion had continued to Madara and climbed a large rock plateau. The railway line in the plain continues to Shumen following a long curve.
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The Madara Rider is an early medieval monumental relief and national symbol of Bulgaria.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madara_Rider
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madara_(village)
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The site features archaeological finds from many periods, here a Roman villa.
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Now back to my trip: From Yunak station the line towards Karnobat and Burgas climbs to change to Kamchia River valley.
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I had reached my destination Asparuhovo - and was greeted by interesting road vehicles.
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As I walked away from the station, a BDZ Cargo class 43 arrived with a northbound freight.
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Tsonevo Reservoir near Asparuhovo on the Luda ("Mad" or "Wild") Kamchia.
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Along the shore many anglers had set up camp, the reservoir is crossed on modern concrete bridges by the railway.
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After walking 1.2 miles on the "Republican" - as they are called here - Road III-208 I had reached the natural sight Chudnite Skali - or Wonderful Rocks.
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I waited a while for the first train BV 8602 Varna - Sofia, the loco of which I threaded exactly into the stone needle.
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I heard bells from the distance, then suddenly a single cow appeared.
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Road tunnels through the rocks.
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Tourists from all over the world stopped to take a look.
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I walked back to the larger bridge for the first northbound train, PV 30153 Burgas - Varna.
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BV 9631 Ruse - Burgas came by punctually at the main panoramic view.
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Between tourists, anglers and herds of cattle.
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I could have explored the surrounding hills, but that was not appealing in the midday heat
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A fish was pulled out of the river just as PV 30152 Varna - Karnobat passed by.
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I walked back to Asparuhovo station and was surprised by DB Schenker Rail Bulgaria 86 016, ex-Danish DSB EA 3016 (ABB Scandia #30953 / built 1992).
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Once more shady trees made waiting comfortable, even in the heat. The freight train also was stopped here for more than an hour.
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Creative use of plastic rubbish in the station garden.
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My PV 30154 to Burgas, I planned to ride it a bit to meet my train back to Varna.
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In Romania these doors were opened for smoking, this is the high-tech BDZ solution to prevent that.
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Across the larger bridge.
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Past the Wonderful Rocks.
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View across the reservoir towards Dobromir and mosque. Then we continued through the valley of the Wild Kamchia, from Daskotna the scenery became tamer again.
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Where I got off, you will learn next time! :)
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