• Duration: tbc days
  • Location: Bulgaria
  • Available Seat: available
  • Price: 1,400

The 2011 tour went pretty successfully, it has to be said! thanks to the preparatory work put in by the LCGB – and we are looking forward to promoting a similar tour in the future, particularly as the narrow gauge appears to have survived (it was supposed to close in September 2011).

Highlights of the trip will be the use of “03” 4-8-2 No. 03.12, but Class “01” 2-8-2 and Class “05” will also be used, and on the narrow gauge, 609.76 one of the attractive, rather squarish 2-10-2 tanks (pictured left) on the Septemvri system. For modern traction adherents there are the 1975 Henschel n.g. diesels still operating on that n.g. system.

Bulgaria_1Prior to the “welcome dinner” on arrival in Sofia there will be a short sightseeing tour of this handsome capital; you will see the old town of Plovdiv with its cobbled streets, and a visit to the spectacular Rila Monastery is included.

The tour price is likely to be around £1,400, including return flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester; and half-board (dinner, bed and breakfast) en-suite accommodation superior hotels in the hotels on a twin share basis. Single room supplement £100; reduction for those making their own travel arrangements from and to the UK, £240. The tour is fully escorted throughout, and a road coach “shadows” the special trains conveying luggage etc.

All images except the main picture, and the diesel which are courtesy James Waite, are still frames from video material shot on the 2011 tour.