Cycle track to Tymbark?

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Viaduct near Tymbark. Photo Pasieczkin

(Click on the photo to see the photo in its original context on the Krakowskie Stowarzyszenie Sportowe website.)

The news that PKP Cargo has suspended its steam specials from Chabowka for the 2009 season does not augur well for for the future of the Chabowka – Nowy Sacz line. If you follow the link you can see the pictures of some Cracow cyclists who have already tested out the line as a possible cycle track.

The Chabowka railway museum is due to be transferred from PKP Cargo to the custody ofthe Malopolska state governor’s office. Meanwhile there is a tug of war between the Chabowka management and the Wielkopolska division of PKP Cargo who would love to have the working Chabowka engines at Wolsztyn. There are even rumours that Fundacja Era Parowozow would be willing to sell some of the Chabowka engines.

Maybe the Chabowka team will be able to ward off these threats? Only time will tell.

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2 Responses to “Cycle track to Tymbark?”

  1. Rik Degruyter Says:

    This was very sad news indeed ! It is time we put our shoulders under a Polish steam surviving project.

    • dyspozytor Says:

      The long-term prospects for Chabowka are quite bright, provided its not stripped of its working locos by PKP Cargo. The Wielkopolska provincial governor’s office is quite enlightened about such things.

      Sadly, there is little enthusiasm from the smaller local authorities regarding developing the Chabowka – Nowy Sacz line as a tourist attraction. Here there may be a role for a group of us to help the campaign to save the line.

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