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Urban Exploration: No Leaf Clover - 06/14/2013
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Bulgaria's Black Sea coast is dominated by two port cities; Varna in the north, and Burgas in the south. A distance of roughly 130km separates the two, and although it would make good sense, there is as yet no rail connection. Taking a train from Varna to Burgas, for example, means a 210km detour with a change at Karnobat - the transfer often being the most time consuming aspect, given the frustrating irregularity of trains in this part of the world. During the communist era, when Bulgaria served as an unofficial satellite to the Soviet Union, the country was slowly moulded into a highly efficient labour pool. The USSSR outsourced production through sites such as the glass factory I once visited in the Balkan Mountains, as well as the larger arms manufacturer, Arsenal AD , who operated out of a large industrial plant near Kazanluk. Even the Soviet Union's standard issue Makarov pistol would often be produced at manufacturing sites in Bulgaria. It was common for production sites to be linked with their own independent rail tracks; the Soviet glass factory I explored had once been supplied by a track that ran all the way from Varna, bringing in vast quantities of sand to be processed. No wonder then, that in 1958 plans went underway to connect Bulgaria's two main port cities by rail. The land between Varna and Burgas consists largely of forest and rolling meadows. However, it proved necessary to excavate a tunnel beneath the hills north of Burgas; planned to start near the tow...

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