More from Bialowieza

by

Words and Pictures by Barry Murphy, Tourism Pure

bialowieza-loco-1

Tx 200, 0-8-0T, unknown builder. Photo Barry Murphy

I was leading a walking tour of Bialowieza National Park in March 2008. We were meeting a representative of the National Park at Hajnowka and before we left, he showed us the two locomotives. One was exhibited outside on a short piece of track together with some timber wagons. The other was inside the workshops.

The narrow gauge railway stem from Hajnowka through the Bialowieza Forest includes still has some 90 km of tracks. Built by the Germans during WW1 to extract wood some 400km of track were laid. The lines were extensively used in the 1920s by the Century European Timber Corporation, a British company referred to as “Centurion” by the National Parks staff of today, to ‘rape’ the forests of their greatest oaks and other hardwoods.

bialowieza-loco-2

Tx 1112, 0-8-0T, built by Borsig in 1918. Photo Barry Murphy

Barry’s own website – Tourism Pure

Advertisements

One Response to “More from Bialowieza”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    If one both likes railways and steam locomotives, and is concerned about the natural environment, there are times when the one sits not very easily with the other — rather a case of that, here.

    I have seen suggestions recently, that the Bialowieza Forest “national park” area — rigorously conserved for a very long time — has in the course of the past couple of decades, largely been opened up to the depredations of commercial logging; figure cited, of only 8% of the erstwhile conservation area still having “protected” status. If true, this is extremely regrettable.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s