Competition 3 – mystery picture 1



Children’s train set. BTWT photo

It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining and BTWT is having another competition. Yes I know, that some readers said that we should scrap the competitions and concentrate and “doom and gloom”. But “doom and gloom” needs a lot of research if it is to be accurate, and needs to be accurate, if it is to be effective. Besides which, BTWT has suffered from ‘mission creep’. Conceived originally as a light-hearted way of making more English language readers aware of the problems of the Polish heritage railway movement, it has been dragged into the corridors of power and public policy by its readers.

Did you know that the CEO of the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce had put BTWT on his blogroll? No? Neither did I until I noticed that the Chamber’s website was feeding us with traffic. So who else is reading BTWT, the British Ambassador in Warsaw? the Polish desk of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office? the guys in suits in Marsham Street? At one time or another I have enjoyed cordial relations with all the institutions mentioned above, with one exception. The Marsham Street gang once targeted me as public enemy number one and actively briefed against me and the community railway project that I led.

Hopefully my enemies in the Department for Transport have long since been retired with gongs and the bright young chaps and chapesses who now eagerly read BTWT every morning are more open minded about such subjects as ‘short line’ railroads, wagon load freight and community railways – all subjects dear to my heart. So with a more weighty readership come more weighty responsibilities. I can’t be expected to knock together “doom and gloom” at the drop of a hat without adequate time to research and check the relevant facts.

Meanwhile, there are railways to save, elected dignitaries to visit, and the odd piece of paid work to complete. So if occasionally, just occasionally, I post another competition on BTWT, those who aren’t fans of such trivia, please forgive!

Back to today’s mystery photo. This was one of the first narrow gauge engines seen by me in Poland, in 1964 or 1965, I think. At the time, it and another loco were hidden behind a high fence at a location about 2.5 km from its current resting place. Points will be awarded for answering the questions: What is it? Where is it? Where was it? What did it do before that? Prizes? The joint winner of the last competition, Gavin Whitelaw has kindly entered into the spirit of the competition and offered a prize, but I have no idea what to do if Gavin wins. Perhaps someone would like to underwrite a second prize?

Please send your entries to BTWT by e-mail and not as comments. (You wouldn’t want to spoil the game for other readers, would you?) Our e-mail address is – railfan [at] go2 . pl (Change the ‘at’ for an ampersand and remove spaces.)


A weighty readership



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3 Responses to “Competition 3 – mystery picture 1”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I don’t think I will be winning……… :-)

    Let me do some research………

  2. Rik Degruyter Says:

    This is a loco plinthed in a school or play garden near Krakow Glowny station. It can be seen at the right side of the train when you are leaving in the direction of Plaszow.

    • dyspozytor Says:

      Yes Rik, it is – well done!

      However, by posting the answer as a comment rather than sending it by e-mail as requested, you have spoiled the game for anyone else. If you had posted the answer any earlier I would have had to disqualify you, but as no-one had submitted an entry to this question for a couple of days I’m prepared to overlook this misdemeanor just this ONCE!

      Can anyone tell me what the engine used to do before it was retired in a nursery playground?

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