Steam engine wanted


750 mm gauge passenger train and standard gauge freight train side by side on SKPL’s mixed gauge tracks at Pleszew, photo SKPL

(click to see picture in original context. WARNING Polish text)

SKPL, Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozow Lokalnych – best known for operating Poland’s last freight carrying, common carrier, narrow gauge railways – are looking for a steam engine. SKPL also operate freight on a number of standard gauge railways and have started negotiations to operate the Srem – Czempin line in Wielkopolska province. SKPL are planning to expand their special services aimed at international railway enthusiasts. A guest 750 mm gauge Px48 is already a regular visitor on the Smigiel Railway, courtesy of Howard Jones and the the Wolsztyn Experience.

If you, or someone you, has a small goods locomotive in ticket, which is not getting the use that it deserves, why not consider bringing it to Poland? A Hunslet ‘Austerity 0-6-0ST, or GWR 57xx pannier tank 0-6-0PT, or LMS Jinty 0-6-0T would be ideal. This is a genuine partnership opportunity. SKPL is looking to share in the costs and profits of the venture.

If you are interested in following this up, please, in the first instance e-mail Dyspozytor at:

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4 Responses to “Steam engine wanted”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    Was highly intrigued by mention of SKPL’s recently taking over working of PKP freight-only section Srem – Czempin, part of former PKP passenger timetable 322 (in this message, will refer to lines by their one-time PKP timetable numbers) – this having been one of PKP’s last sections outside of the Wolsztyn system, to see regular steam working; and one which I travelled over enjoyably in the 1980s and early 1990s. No mention seen on SKPL’s own website, consulted minutes before I write this, of Srem – Czempin: however, (A) the SKPL website strikes me as rather “hit-or-miss”, (B) my knowledge of Polish is minimal.

    Much is heard nowadays – sometimes, borderline between rumour and more substantial data – about projected or actual taking-on by SKPL from PKP, of local standard-gauge freight operations in various spots. Have read on SKPL’s own website, of the firm’s having done this from early this year, in respect of freight serving a place which they called (location unspecified) Kurza Gora. Best identification I could make, was early-1980s PKP timetable’s Kurzagora: on former table 326, Koscian – Gostyn (Wielkopolkie), 2 km. out of Koscian. Other mentions I have seen, elsewhere, within the past year or two, of “possibles” in this line, have involved Twarda Gora – Nowe branch (Kujawsko-Pomorskie), former table 428; Lapy – Sniadowo (Podlaskie), part of former table 520; and a part of former Ostrzeszow – Namyslaki branch — table 320b as was (Wielkopolskie). Would be interested to hear anything further about these matters, from anyone more knowledgeable about same, than myself.

  2. dyspozytor Says:

    Ah yes, I may have just jumped the gun on Srem – Czempin, as I think that the ink may not yet be on the paper yet, hence nothing on the SKPL website. My source says it’s definitely going to happen.

    Kurza Gora (Hen Hill) is a siding 2 km from the main Poznan-Leszno line at Koscian. As you say, SKPL have been servicing it since early this year.

    Twarda Gora – Nowe nad Wisla is not going to happen. It was dependent on a plan to build a stone terminal, which fell through.

    Operating the Lapy line would be a major development for SKPL, but is dependent on PKP transferring the line to the Sokoly gmina. At present PKP are dragging this out for as long as they can.

    Ostrzeszow – Namyslaki, I haven’t heard any news. I will try to find out more.

  3. Robert Hall Says:

    Very many thanks for the info!

  4. dyspozytor Says:

    It’s a pleasure! BTWT is supposed to be a two-way conversation and it gets a little lonely on my mountain top. According to my SKPL sources, the local authority involved in the Ostrzezow – Namyslaki line are not pursuing its takeover with sufficient vigour. On Monday I’ll try to get the local authority take on the situation.

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