Another very busy year for traveling. We visited a few museums and took some photos around Hamburg. Northern Poland was a group visit (with Central and southern Poland to follow 2016 and 2017) I organised. We travelled by coach. Hungary was easily done by train – again a group tour (which I had partly organised). Turkey on the other hand was done with just a few friends. We did this from Istanbul with various day-trips by air. It is not easy to take photos there, most modern systems do not allow it and there is security everywhere (still, we managed quite a few photos – but walked quickly away when the security spotted us in Istanbul and Gaziantep – we just moved to another location of course). We only visited systems that have second hand trams from Germany (and knowing that depot visits would not be possible except for Konya). Bulgaria was done directly afterwards but here we rented a car to visit all the surviving systems (we only missed Sliven which we unfortunately reached much too late in the evening and our hotel for the night was already in the next city – so we just had a nice meal there). Pernik had closed but was running again (though not for long) when we visited. This was the first time on any of our trips that we did not pre-arrange depot visits (except for Sofia) and just walked in to see the boss (luckily we had someone with us who spoke Russian – worked very well).
Gdansk (Danzig) – May
Gdynia (Gdingen) – May
Elblag (Elbing) – May
Szczecin (Stettin) – May
Пазарджик (Pasardschik) – March
Стара Загора (Stara Sagora) – March
Велико Търново (Weliko Tarnowo) – March