Bulgarian railways BDZ offering steam train rides in October
Bulgarian state railways BDZ is offering lovers of vintage trains two steam train excursions, on October 17 and 18 2015, from Sofia to Bankya and back, in total a distance of about 33km.
The train will be pulled by renovated steam engine 46.03, built in Poland in 1931 at the H.Cegielski-Poznań works. The steam engine was one of the most powerful used in Bulgaria and one of the largest in Europe.
This will be the first excursion for 46.03 after it was restored.
The train will leave Sofia at 10am and from Bankya at noon.
Advance booking is required for tickets, and seat reservations will be specific. A return ticket costs 3.50 leva (1.79 euro).
Children younger than seven will travel free, but their age must be confirmed by showing a birth certificate when booking. BDZ said that children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket sales and reservations begin on October 12. Tickets will be on sale at Sofia Central Station as well as railway offices in the city at the National Palace of Culture, NDK, and at 5 Gurko Street.