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At the age of 60, the children's train in Bulgaria’s Kardzhali remains a favourite attraction

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Photo: Facebook / @DetskaZheleznitsaKardzhali

One of the emblems of the town of Kardzhali - the children's railway in Prostor Park, will set off again on its route after a two-year break. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the train was removed for security reasons.

This is the first children's railway in Bulgaria, built in 1962 based on a project by Engineer Valentina Yochkova. Then rails from the closed mines in the village of Stremtsi were used, and the trolleys with which the minerals were transported from the mines were converted into compartments and so to this day passengers are transported in them.


The total length of the route is 1,210 metres, and there are two crossings and a tunnel. Along its line forms the number six. The renewed locomotive and carriages are expected to delight the children on the upcoming Children's Day - June 1.

Compiled by Gergana Mancheva

Photos: Facebook / @DetskaZheleznitsaKardzhali


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