Archive for August 20th, 2008

Competition results

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

In the earliest days of Behind the Water Tower we started THE COMPETITION. The idea was to promote feedback from BTWT readers and make the blog more interactive. Well in one sense we achieved our objective! We have published 197 posts and received 127 comments. We also received 1,035 spam comments trying to sell motor insurance and less savoury products! The spam has all been filtered out by WordPress’s clever spam filters. With one comment coming in for every 1.5 posts we publish, we do feel that we are ‘interactive’. There’s only one problem, our competition only brought us TWO entries. So either the competition was too difficult, or BTWT readers don’t like competitions, or… Do write to us and tell us what you think. Meanwhile here are the results.

Mystery object

On 7 March we asked Question 1, “What is it and how did it get there?”

Answer. It is all that remains of Poland’s oldest steam locomotive. Tkh 5, a Henschel 0-6-0 well tank built in 1885. We wrote about this locomotive on 6 August here. At the time we took the photograph it had just been moved from the closed ‘skansen’ at Krzeszowice and transported with a number of other National Railway Museum steam locomotives to Chabowka.

The only BTWT reader to send us the right answer to this question was Marek Cieselski.

Once Poland’s fastest train, now little better than scrap

On 1st May we asked our second question, “What is this railway vehicle, and where is it today?”.

Answer. This is, of course, Italian railcar SD80 which in the 1960s became the fastest train anywhere on the PKP network. Like Tkh 5 (see above) the railcar was donated to the National Railway Museum in Warsaw in first class condition. Today it’s a burnt out shell. At the time it was stored on a siding, as far away from the main line as possible, a little to the East of the main museum site.

No readers got this question right!

The water tower at Woodford Halse

On 18 May we posed our third question, “A water tower but where?”

Answer. This question also stumped everybody. We had mentioned the Great Central Railway before and how its abandoned fast route to the Midlands would make an ideal route for Britain’s North-South high speed line. At Woodford Halse there was a massive brick engine shed and foundry complex capable of carrying out the heaviest locomotive repairs, a concrete water tower and a turning triangle. Everything was blown up by the Royal Engineers in the late 1960s. Only this water tower remains.

Where is this unused siding?

On June 25 we asked our 4th and last question, “On which narrow gauge railway can the above section of unused track be found?

Answer. Much to our amazement TWO readers identified this as being behind the engine shed on the Sroda narrow gauge railway, John Nielsen, from Denmark, and Marek Ciesielski.

Nobody got the bonus question right, “What is the long-term threat to this railway’s future?”

Answer. The concrete bridge taking the narrow gauge railway over the main line is very badly corroded.

So our winner is Marek Ciesielski, though as he only got two out of four questions right he only gets a minature bottle of Zubrowka. John Nielsen as our official runner up is entitled to have a couple of glasses of beer with Dyspozytor on his next trip to Poland.