BDZ to repower narrow gauge locomotives

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.

BDZ to repower narrow gauge locomotives

The three classes of four-axle diesel locomotives on BDZ’s only remaining narrow gauge line were supplied by Henschel and Romania’s 23 August factory between 1965 and 1988.

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BDZ plans to repower them with new 825 kW engines meeting EU Stage V emissions standards, and to undertake a renewal of the electrical equipment. The cabs will also be fitted with air-conditioning and LED lighting installed.

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