Pleven [BG] - New catenary and depot inaugurated
J. Lehmann - 14.06.16
Thanks to government subsidies, much of Pleven's trolleybus power lines have been renewed as well as extended by an additional 7 km. A new trolley depot has also been built near the bus stop Block 335 in the Druzhba III housing estate. The facility was completed using a lightweight construction method and includes administrative offices. The maintenance infrastructure features service pits, a workshop and covered overnight stabling points for the trolleys. The building, which lies along trolley lines 5 and 8, was officially inaugurated on 21 April 2016. The new depot had to be built, as the old shed near the main railway station had grown too small and could not be expanded, due to a lack of available space there.
Pleven presently has 4 primary trolleybus routes (lines 3, 5, 7 and 9), which all feature a 10-minute daytime headway. The secondary routes 4, 6 and 8 offer a service every 30 or 40 minutes. Typically, the modern Solaris Trollino units from 2014 are used, though for peak hour booster services, the older ZIU 682 units may also be pressed into frontline duties. At the moment, about a dozen of these older vehicles remain in the active fleet. Originally, 97 were delivered between 1985 and 1993.
Top: Allocated to line 5, Solaris Nr. 217 passes the new purpose-built depot.
Bottom: ZiU 682 Nr. 102 is now 30 years old. This Soviet-built trolleybus was acquired second-hand from Gabrovo (there Nr. 302) in 1998. On 8 June 2016, the unit is seen running along line 14 under brand new catenary, including the points. Photos: Jürgen Lehmann
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