Archive for April 25th, 2008

More on Vivarais closure

Friday, 25 April 2008

Vivarais ‘large’ mallet pulls a mixed train through Clauzel Station

Further to our post about the Vivarais closure, we’ve found this rather nice photo. Click on pic for full size photo and scroll down to the comments section for some more information about the suspension of services.

We couldn’t believe our eyes…

Friday, 25 April 2008

Wolsztyn Parade of Steam Locomotives 2007

Wondering whether it would be worthwhile to visit next weekend’s Wolsztyn Steam Gala? Here’s a flavour of last year’s event courtesy of Steam Railway magazine.

… we couldn’t believe our eyes at Wolsztyn. When it comes to organised chaos Wolsztyn makes Llangollen look like a village fete. Trevor Jones of the Wolsztyn Experience arranged the trip to the Polish steam shed’s 100th birthday and I was glad to see so many STEAM RAILWAY readers on it. Like me, they didn’t know what was about to hit them.

From the moment we landed at a former Russian airbase we knew this would be an unusual day. When Bill Parker’s Prairie No. 5521, waiting to take us from the airbases’ nearest railhead at Babymost to Wolstyn, was passed by the fastest preserved, main line legal, steam locomotive in the world, German ‘Pacific’ 18.201 – ‘unusual’ became stupendously surreal.

Again, the day’s celebrations were unique and spectacular. Every time Bill’s Prairie made its spirited runpasts in front of the (estimated) 10,000 strong crowds, I felt an overwhelming surge of pride. Not just patriotic (although the Prairie was by far the most delightful engine on show), but pride because, as an enthusiast, I am a tiny part of all this. If Bill and Trevor didn’t think anyone would be bothered, they wouldn’t have gone to such extraordinary lengths to make it happen…

(read complete article)

Wolsztyn Steam Gala 2008

Friday, 25 April 2008


UNOFFICIAL PROGRAMME

Friday, May 2

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Arrival of locomotives from Chabowka and the Czech Republic
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Arrival of locomotives from Hungary
  • 21:30 – 23:00 “Son, vapor et lumiere” – locomotive display on turntable

Saturday, May 3

On this day many steam-hauled trains will arrive and depart at Wolsztyn and the steam parade takes place in the afternoon. There will be a record number of engines in steam. The following Wolsztyn engines will be taking part: Ok1-359, Ok22-31, Tr5-65, Pm36-2, Pt47-112, Ol49-7, Ol49-23, Ol49-69,

The following guest engines will take part:

  • Ty2-911, Tr12-25 (Chabowka)
  • TKt48-18 (PK-Passenger Regional, Wroclaw)
  • GWR “Small Prarie” 5521 (Great Britain)
  • 464.202, 433 002, 423 041 (Czech Republic)
  • 109.109 (Hungary)
  • 18 201, 03 1010, 52 8177, 03 2204 (Germany).
08:35
dep.
Vintage train Wolsztyn – Stefanowo hauled by steam Ty2-911
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
09:35
arr.
Vintage train Stefanowo – Wolsztyn hauled by steam Ty2-911
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
09:50
dep.
Vintage train Wolsztyn – Nowawies Mochy hauled by steam Tr12-25(?)
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
10:50
arr.
Vintage train Nowawies Mochy – Wolsztyn hauled by steam Tr12-25(?)
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
11:03
arr.
Special train Berlin – Wolsztyn, double-headed03 1010 + 52 8177
+ 13 coaches (Traditionszug Berlin)

p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
11:17
arr.
Special train “VIP Cargo” from Poznan hauled by steam locomotive Ok22-31
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
11:45
arr.
Special train Cottbus – Wolsztyn, hauled by steam 18 201+ 11 coaches
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
11:51
arr.
service no. 67501 “Hefajstos” hauled by TKt48-18 + GWR 5521+ 9 coaches + EP07-1051 (Wroclaw Gł 9:14 Oborniki Sl. 9:41 Zmigrod 10:02 Rawicz 10:21 Leszno 10:49 )
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
12:12
arr.
Special train Dresden – Cottbus – Wolsztyn, hauled by steam 03 2204 + 7 coaches
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
12:17
arr.
service no. 77503 Poznan – Leszno – Wolsztyn hauled by steam Pt47-112 + 9 coaches (Poznan Gl 9:31 Koscian 10:16/17 Leszno 10:45/11:20)
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
13:00 – 13:20 Formal opening of the steam parade
13:20 – 15:00 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PARADE
15:20
dep.
Departure of locos 18 201, 03 2204, 03 1010 for turning at Leszno
16:05
dep.
Vintage train Wolsztyn – Stefanowo, hauled by steam locomotive Tr12-25
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
17:05
arr.
Vintage train Stefanowo – Wolsztyn, hauled by steam locomotive Tr12-25
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
17:25
dep.
Special train “VIP Cargo” to Poznan hauled by steam locomotive Pm36-2
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
17:30
arr.
Arrival of locos 18 201, 03 2204, 03 1010 after turning at Leszno
17:35
dep.
Train “Hefajstos” hauled by steam locomotives TKt48-18 + GWR5521 and electric loco EP07-1051(Boszkowo 18:12/14 Leszno 18:40 Rawicz 19:22 Zmigrod 19:38 Oborniki Sl. 19:57 Wroclaw Gł 20:27)
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
17:50
dep.
service no. 77501 hauled by steam locomotive Ol49 (Grodzisk Wlkp. 18:20/27 Poznan Debiec 19:38 Poznan Gl 19:46)
p u b l i c s e r v i c e
18:18
dep.
Special train Wolsztyn – Cottbus – Dresden hauled by steam locomotive 18 201
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
18:48
dep.
Special train Wolsztyn – Cottbus hauled by steam locomotive 03 2204
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
19:00
dep.
Special train hauled by steam locomotives 03 1010 i 52 8177 + 13 coaches(Wolsztyn ZbaszynekRzepin Frankfurt/O Berlin Lichtenberg
p r i v a t e c h a r t e r
!!! Any and all details may be changed by the organisers. Behind the Water Tower accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of this programme.

Sunday, May 4

  • 09.45 vintage train hauled by Tr5-65 to Rakoniewice. 10.50 return to Wolsztyn
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Wolsztyn Railway Station – competition for the title of “best locomotive crew”, organised by the Society of the Friends of Wolsztyn Steam Locomotive Depot. Conducted tours of the Depot by members of the Society.
  • 13.15 vintage train hauled by Ok1-359 to Nowawies Moch. 14.30 return to Wolsztyn
  • 18:20 departure of special train to Hungary hauled by MAV 109. 109.

(Programme originally published in Polish on www.parowozy.com)