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Amid protests and plunder, Bulgaria aims to bring trains up to speed| Reuters

May 11, 2015    

DOBRINISHTE, Bulgaria The narrow-gauge train snaking its way through the valleys and gorges of southwestern Bulgaria is a lifeline for surrounding villages, but could face the axe as the government tries to modernise a network mired in losses and debt.Corruption and mismanagement have for years hobbled the state railways, which are among the least efficient in Europe, while workers have been caught stealing fuel from locomotives. Many lines have barely changed since the fall of Communism in 1989, despite a sharp drop in population due to emigration and an end to the planned economy. But the S...

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