Despite being told by a friend that the Pirin mountains enjoyed 'constant sunshine', even the torrential rain did not take away from the charm of a ride on this line. It's a rather long trip, and the best of the scenery is on the section north of Velingrad, but even then the journey is a real treat. The passengers are mixture of locals, the odd tourist, and a good crowd of Roma. The coaches, while not the last word in luxury, are snuggly heated with steam from the (diesel) engine, and feature wobbly little gangways between them. It's worth being careful when going to the loo, as the exterior doors are often left unlocked and one false move in the vestibule could lead to a closer view of the scenic river gorge than you expected. Unfortunately there are no catering facilities, so you'd want to stock up beforehand on essentials like bread, biscuits, and beer.
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