Pleven and its trolleybus system

The trolleybuses of Pleven, Bulgaria

Facts about the trolleys of Pleven

 Trolleybus 117 passing near tha St. Troitsa Cathedral in Pleven on December, 25 2005

FACT: There are 71 trolleybuses in Pleven at present (June 2006). All of the vehicles are ZIU-9 (682) produced between 1985 and 1988.
The trolleybuses arrived to Pleven as follows:

101 - 107 October 4, 1985  - Only 101 is still in service in Pleven.The local trollebus operator (Troleibusen transport Ltd.) has decided to preserve the vehicle, as a symbol of the electric transport in Pleven. 102 and 104 were sold to the town of Vratsa in the late 90`s. The trolleybuses are still in service there.   The rest of the vehicled are scrapped.

108 - 112 December 1985  - Only 112 is still in service. 104 and 109 are in the town of Vratsa. The rest are scrapped.

113 - 154 November 1986 - 114, 115, 120, 126, 128, 131, 132, 135, 145, 149, 151, 152, 153 and 154 are scrapped already. 137  is in Vratsa. The rest are in service.

155 - 157 -------------- 1987 - All in service.

Trolleybus 158 passes near Rostov hotel in Pleven in April 2006.

158 - 195 ----------- 1988 All of them are still in service and good condition instead of 175. It burned out due to technical trouble in early 90`s while running on line 5.

Note: In December 1988 trolleybuses 102, 104, 109 and 137 are transfered to the newly found Proffesional Trolleybus Driver`s School. In the late 90`s the scholl is closed and the 4 trolleybuses are sold to the town of Vratsa.

196 - 197 ----------- 1996 The trolleybuses were producesd in 1988 for the town of Shumen. The trolleybus system of Shumen was under construction but was never completed. The two vehicled were unused when arrived in Pleven.

198 (102) ----------- 2004 The last trolleybus which arrived tn Pleven was bought second hand from the town of Gabrovo few years ago. It is numbered 102 instead of the not existing any more original 102, although it is Pleven`s 98th trolleybus in a row. The Pleven trolleybus company has decided in future to fulfill the empty numbers when new trolleybuses arrive insted of giving them unused numbers.

FACT: In 1987 a trolley truck is delivered to Pleven. The queer vahicle is produced by the Ukranian plant Elcompact. Some remains from the electric truck are still kept in the trolleybus depot of Pleven.

FACT:  The very first trolleybus which entered Pleven is a Skoda 9-TR borrowed from Sofia for test runs in March 1985. The Skoda was used during the celebrations of Labor day - May 1, 1985. The trolleybus was taken back to Sofia after the system in Pleven was officialy open on November, 7 1985.
  Skoda 9TR cheered by thousands exited citizens of Pleven on May 1, 1985.

FACT: All the trolley vehicles that were ever running in the streets of Pleven are exactly 100 (incl.all the ZIUs, the Skoda 9TR, and the trolley truck)


FACT: The total lenght of the electric road in one direction is 75,7 km. The Pleven trolleybus system is the most developed in Bulgaria. Only Sofia has larger system (about 100 km) but compared to much more territory and population.

FACT: The electric cables of the trolleybuses in Pleven weight 151 tons. All the trolleybus constructions weight almost 1000 tons

FACT: There are 15 trolleybus lines in Pleven. 3,5,7,9 are running on every 10 minutes 7 days a week (5:00 to 23:00). 4,6 and 8 are running on a 20 minutes schedule every day. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 57, 93 and 97 are running on special schedule only on week days.  Check  the navigation bar  for  more  info about the lines and the schedules.

FACT:  There is a project of fully renovation of the trolleybus park in Pleven after 2007. It is part of the Pleven region developement program 2007 - 2013. The local authrities will apply for a 21 milion euro worth projest finaced by the European Union. Part of the project is completion of a new trolleybus line to the Pleven Panorama. The construction of the line started in late 80`s and the poles on half the way are already installed. 

FACT: The operator of the Pleven trolleybuses Troleibusen transport LTD together with the trolleybus comapny of Vratsa are the only urban transportation public organizations in Bulgaria which recorded profits for the last financial year 2005. The ticket prices for one trolleybus ride in Pleven during 2005 was 0,40 leva (0,20 Euro). Senior citizens ride for free and there are discounts for students varying up to 50% down. The one ride ticket in Pleven costs 0,50 lv (0,25 euro) since June 1, 2006.

 3 trolleybuses seen together at Tsvetan Spasov square in April 2006. 186 is in front.

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