Wolsztyn Steam Gala 2009 – part 1



Performers in position


No time for stage fright


Guest star from Hungary


Chabowka veteran


Waiting to go on stage


A tight fit


The final bow

This year’s Wolsztyn Steam Gala was the most successful yet with some 30,000 people attending. We will be publishing a full analysis and report in due course. In the meantime here are some of our photographs of Friday’s light show, Sound, Light and Steam.

All the photographs were taken on 1st May, 2009. They are copyright, Behind The Water Tower. Permission is hereby given for them to be reproduced on any non-commercial website, subject to full atribution and the provision of a back link to BTWT. High resolution pictures may be seen by double clicking the pictures.

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4 Responses to “Wolsztyn Steam Gala 2009 – part 1”

  1. Macowiec Says:

    The inbound VIP special with the Ok1 hit a car on a level crossing before Grodzisk. Have you heard anything more about this? Was anyone injured? The crossing was in the middle of an open field – hard to believe that something like that could happen!

    • dyspozytor Says:

      I understand that – although the VIP special and the train following it were somewhat delayed and an ambulance was called out – the driver of the car suffered no serious injuries.

  2. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Oh, I don’t know. I hit a van a few years ago with Ol49-69 and it made the Poznan TV news! Happens on a reasonably regular enough basis not to make the headlines every time.

    I think you will find that the crossing was a farm crossing, but there are a number of major road crossings near Grodzisk and Polish car drivers are a tad on the reckless side. I also nearly took out a petrol tanker at the closed station just south of Grodzisk. You get used to it. (Sort of!)

    It is the CAR divers responsibility to STOP, look and if a train is in view he must wait till it passes, but in nearly 100% of cases they think they are invincible in their steel and glass vehicles and take the chance. It doesn’t always work out well for the car. The train nearly always comes away still operational!

  3. Bob Walters Says:

    I had a look at the Ok1 in the shed at Wolsztyn afterwards, and it only had minor damage – lost the right hand front steps, air pipe and bent guard iron – goodness know how the vehicle must have looked!

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