The Grodzisk Platelayers’ Trolley Railway

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Home made platelayers’ trolley for hire. Photo Grodzisk Kolej Drezynowa

(Click picture to go to the Grodzisk Platelayers’ trolley website homepage.)

The Grodziska Kolej Drezynowa (Grodzisk Platelayers’ Trolley Railway) is the result of a remarkable cooperative effort involving a group of local railway enthusiasts, a number of local authorities and Polish State Railways. Originally the enthusiasts wanted to save the Grodzisk Wielkopolski to Opalnica line, one of the oldest railways in the province of Wielkopolska, but sadly their efforts were unable to prevent the track being lifted. They then shifted their attention to the Koscian – Grodzisk line where they were successful in winning the support of the local authorities through whose territory the line runs. PKP donated some elderly hand propelled platelayers’ trolleys and volunteers started clearing the overgrown track. The last train had run on the line in 1995 so there was much work to do. Now the entire 30km route has been cleared.

The line is not just a private playground for a group of railway enthusiasts, but is being strongly promoted as a tourist attraction. A range of hand-propelled and motorised platelayers’ trolleys are available for hire. The largest of these, Pikna Ela, a vintage trolley which is propelled by 4 people can take 10 ‘passengers’ in total. Prices are very reasonable and depend on the distance being travelled. A 5 km trip from Grodzisk to Ujazd Wielkopolski costs 19 zloty, about £4-00; while a 30 km trip to Koscian costs 60 zloty, about £12.

Contact details for the Grodzisk Platelayers’ Trolley Railway are available here.

Other platelayer trolley railways in Poland:

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3 Responses to “The Grodzisk Platelayers’ Trolley Railway”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    This piece and the previous one bring to mind that cherished item in the fantasy repertoire of railway enthusiasts a few decades ago, the “gricing machine” — a home-made powered rail vehicle of the smallest possible size, to assist the owner in his goal of rail-travelling over a country’s entire extant rail network. The g.m. was for unofficial traversal of totally-abandoned lines where the track was still down. Possibly not a complete myth: a couple of stories did the rounds, of railfans getting into trouble for doing this very thing on closed sections of the B.R. system. (Admittedly, it was usually a matter of the narrator “knowing someone who knew someone who knew someone who…”)

    Possible birthday or Christmas present for “the gricer who has everything” — a Cambodian Norry or its Polish equivalent?

  2. John Ball Says:

    It reminds me of volunteering on the Deviation project on the Ffestiniog Railway in the early 70s. Arrival at Tan-y-Bwlch (I think, but my memory may be playing tricks) on Friday evening was followed by a bit of exercise, taking turns working the trolley up (and it was up!) the line to ‘base camp’. I’d like to see if I’m still up to it on the flatter route at Grodzisk.

    • dyspozytor Says:

      Hi John, Do you have any photos from your time as a deviationist? I would love to run them on BTWT. Perhaps you might like to pen an article as well?

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