Bieszczady, just 3,800 metres to go!

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The Bieszczady Forest Railway
(Map can be scrolled and expanded.)

Further to our recent post about the Bieszczady Forest Railway, we hear through the grapevine that only, 3,800 metres of track remain to be relaid to allow BFR trains to operate from the standard gauge station at Lupkow. The work, which involves replacing 90% of the sleepers, has been budgeted at 100,000 PLN a kilometre, so the railway needs another 380,000 PLN to reach its destination. Already, some 3,200 metres of line has been relaid from Wola Michalowa to just past Smolnika. (If you scroll the map to the West, you will reach a junction where the former BFR main line continued North to the sawmill at Rzepedz. That junction is Smolinka.) If the relaid line can be inspected and certified in time, the BFR hope to extend their services to Smolinka, this summer.

The BFR at its zenith, 3 Kp4 locos at Cisna Shed

The rebuild of the Kp4 locomotive acquired by the railway needs another 150,000 PLN to complete. That’s only £34,000! Is there anybody out there who would like to see regular steam trains return to the BFR and who can afford the price tag.

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