The following was posted today on the Warsaw Railway Museum website.
We regret to inform you that on 30 July 2009 Polish State Railways SA formally served a notice on the Museum terminating the Railway Museum’s lease of our buildings at ul. Towarowej 1, and at the same time giving us notice to quit our headquarters not later than 31 August 2009.
The Railway Museum will be challenging this termination, as being in contravention of our lease, but the fact that it has been served by PKP SA may mean that August 2009 will be the last month in which we will be able to have our exhibits on public display, and that this unique place will permanently disappear from the map of Warsaw.
Unfortunately, despite earlier assurances, PKP SA has not provided a suitable new location. The siding proposed at Warsaw’s Grodno Street, is only a disused track, without any other facilities.
Moreover, because of the specific nature of our collection, especially the vintage rolling stock, the cost of its transportation to a new location would be enormous.
Thus we face the end of the Railway Museum in Warsaw, the only institution in Poland on this scale which collects, archives and make available to the general public the legacy of over 150 years of railway history on Polish territory.
Ferdynand B. Ruszczyc
Director of The Railway Museum in Warsaw
(translation by BTWT)