posted on 19th Aug 2015 20:17
In mid-August 2015 TRAXX F140 AC3 LM 187 004 was moved to Bulgaria, for authorisation testing. The first photo shows it on 16 August at Sofia Iliyantsi station together with BDZ Cargo’s 44 194, which hauled the freight from Mezdra in which the TRAXX LM was incorporated for its move to Sofia. It was then moved to Poduyane depot, which is owned jointly by Končar and BDZ. Test runs with commercial freights in Bulgaria were expected to start during the next week.
The second photo shows 187 004 on 11 August at Curtici, en route from central Europe, coupled behind ex-Channel Tunnel electrics 92 005 and 030, which have been moved by DB Schenker for use in the Balkans. These were dropped off in Romania, and did not continue to Bulgaria with the TRAXX, though 92 030 followed a few days later and reached Pirdop on 21st.