Wolsztyn steam services slashed!

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Ol49-69 with 15.44 Poznan – Wolsztyn turn at Adamow

Steam haulage of four stopping passenger trains (see table below) between Wolsztyn and Poznan has been suspended at short notice. According to an announcement on the PKP Cargo Parowozownia Wolsztyn website (WARNING – Polish text) steam haulage has only been ‘suspended’ – not cancelled for the period 1 June to 30 September 2008. No explanation is given other than that the change has been introduced ‘at the request’ of the PKP Przewozy Regionalne, the PKP company responsible for those long distance trains that have not been handed over to PKP Intercity. This leaves only one Wolsztyn-Leszno return working as the only ordinary (i.e. not steam ‘special’) steam hauled scheduled train service.

Coupled with the last minute announcement that this year’s Parowozjazda steam gala at Chabowka will take place on 6 September, and not during the last weekend in July as originally planned, these arbitrary decisions announced with minimum notice show the contempt with which the PKP group and the relevant local authorities regard the railway heritage market. Steam fans can take some comfort from the fact that PKP treats its ordinary customers little better.

train no. schedule train runs
77425 Wolsztyn 05:27
Poznan G 07:17
Ol49
or Ok22
3 B
daily
NOW
DIESEL
77426 Poznan G 09:21
Wolsztyn 11:18
Ol49
or Ok22
2 B
daily
NOW
RAILBUS
77433 Wolsztyn 11:46
Poznan G 13:36
Ol49
or Ok22
2 B
daily
NOW
RAILBUS
77434 Poznan G 15:30
Wolsztyn 17:15
Ol49
or Ok22
3 B
daily
NOW
DIESEL
79322 Wolsztyn 05:56
Leszno 07:10
Ol49
or Ok22
or Ok1
2 B
wkdays
except
bank hol
79327 Leszno 15:43
Wolsztyn 16:44
Ol49
or Ok22
or Ok1
2 B
wkdays
except
bank hol

The steam turns ‘suspended’ till October

(train times have been adjusted in accordance
with PKP’s on-line train finder)

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