Rewal correction

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Rewal Station after rebuilding
Visualisation © Ingeno Consult BPK Sp. z o.o.

First of all a sincere apology to all our readers. It’s not often that BTWT gets a story seriously wrong. If we get a lead, we always try to get a second source on the story. In many cases we write about developments that we have been tracking for some time. In many cases we have contacts who are on the ‘inside track’ and who can provide further confirmation.

In the case of the story about the Rewal n.g. railway, in our haste to bring you another exclusive scoop, we cut one corner too many and didn’t talk to our local stringer. We had been tipped off about the project in 2007 and had been following developments since then. But, what we did not know was that the chairman of the gmina Rewal (local municipality) had been persuaded that his narrow gauge railway was just a minor tourist attraction and that what he should be creating in the old stations were major attractions like art galleries, café’s or even holiday accommodation. He was also more than a little miffed that none of the neighbouring local authorities had expressed any interest in joining his project.

We now know that the first phase of the project – which is the only part for which funding has been committed – will be strictly confined within the boundaries of gmina Rewal. The project envisages: the relaying of only 6 kilometres of track between Pogorzelica and Trzesac; extensive renovation of the existing station buildings at Podgorzelica, Niechorze and Rewal (in the computer visualisations the old station buildings are are almost unrecognisable); and building new station buildings, in a similar style, at Sliwin, Trzesac and Niechorze Latarnia. The restoration of the link to Trzebiatow would be part of a possible latter phase as would be the building of a skansen, (an open air railway museum) at Podgorzelica. The latter proposal puts a serious question mark on the long-term future of the line to Gryfice! The first stage of the project does not include the restoration of any rolling stock nor does it contemplate the acquisition of a steam locomotive. The railway’s current steam locomotive, Px48-3916, is on loan from the National Railway Museum.

For those interested in seeing what the first part of the project will achieve here are the links to the computer visualisations prepared by the project’s consultants, Ingeno Consult BPK Sp. z o.o.

Existing stations

New stations

My sincere apologies to all readers for the inacuracies in the previous article.

Dyspozytor

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2 Responses to “Rewal correction”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    Ah, gee — mistakes happen. It does seem to be Rule No. 1 in this field nowadays, that anything involving the nicest aspects of railways which seems too good to be true, indeed will be…

    Being highly nitpicky — by my sources, distance from Pogorzelica to Trzesacz is 10 km. Does the text indicate that it’s 6 km in total out of that 10, which is to be relaid?

    • dyspozytor Says:

      I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure whether ALL the track to Trzesac is being relaid or only part. My source indicated that in any case this northern section of line was getting regular maintenance. The confusion about what is about to happen has arisen, because the published sources don’t distinguish between the overall vision – which has been divided into a number of stages – and the first stage – for which funding has been secured. The only way of getting any more definitive information on this will be to arrange a visit to the ‘top left hand corner’ of Poland and find out at first hand.

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