Since the beginning of the week, PIMK Rail has started operating a new cargo service between the cities of Burgas and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The load – cast iron blocks imported by sea – is being transported in PIMK Rails’ blue hopper cars.
As seen on the photos below, the Medium Power Vectron has been now renumbered into the newly formed Class 80, while retaining it’s serial number: 962.
The new train also marks the very first visit of a Siemens Vectron to the Black Sea town, where freight traffic has been steadily increasing over the past years, turning it into a strategic destination for the Bulgarian private operators BZK, DB Cargo and Bulmarket.
It is expected that there will be two pairs of trains running on a bimonthly basis, amounting to a total of approximately 4000 tons of cast iron.
In Stara Zagora, the PIMK Rail blue Ludmilla 07 077 is involved in the unloading activities of the train. The PIMK branded blue Fals cars were previously seen carrying limestone on the diesel-operated train of the operator from Yambol to Lyubenovo, near Nova Zagora.