A little bridge will make a big difference!



New bridge for old near Lubon on 29.05.09 where the single track Line 357 crosses the Poznan – Wroclaw main line. Photo BTWT

The Northern part of the Sulechow – Lubon line (no. 357) is to be modernized. The track will upgraded, signals refurbished and stations tidied up. The permanent way work will include cleaning and replenishing ballast, renewing point components and replacing defective sleepers. The biggest civil engineering work will be replacing the bridge at km. 109.548 near Lubon which has long had a weight restriction.

The 20 million euro project is being 50% funded by EU Regional Development funds and is scheduled to for the period 2009 – 2011. The replacement of the truss bridge over the Poznan – Wroclaw railway was scheduled to commence in the 3rd quarter of 2009, but looks to be complete in a couple of weeks time. Surely this must be a record for PKP’s infrastructure company, PKP PLK?

The completion of new bridge will bring a smile to railway enthusiasts all around the world. For the section of Line 357 due to be modernised – from Wolsztyn to Lubon – is the last place in the world where steam engines haul regular service trains, The weight restriction on the old bridge was the reason why steam haulage of the Wolsztyn – Poznan scheduled steam services was mainly carried out by the Wolsztyn Ol49s. The new bridge should allow heavier locomotives to be employed occasionally on the Wolsztyn – Poznan.

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8 Responses to “A little bridge will make a big difference!”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Sulechow? Are you sure? Sulechow to Wolsztyn isn’t complete any more since some of the track was stolen and nothing timetabled has run to Sulechow for around 17 years. Howard did mumble something about a plan to reopen the line but I thought that was wishful thinking on his part or just his age playing up again!

    • dyspozytor Says:

      I’ve tidied up the post to make it clear that the EU funded modernisation project relates only to part of the Sulechow – Lubon line. And yes, there does seem to be some interest from the local authorities to take over some of the disused lines around Wolsztyn.

  2. Dampfmeisteren Says:

    Hopefully this means that Pt47-112 will head service trains from Wolsztyn to Poznan.

  3. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I am across in July for 9 days and hope that the Pt47 is on for the week even though I am only on for a couple of spare turns. I mean these Ol49s are so common! :-)

    Thanks for clarifying the Sulechow position. It would be nice if the local authorities got their acts together out there and open up the lines that are stil in situ! But given the state of Polish local government it will all end up as hot air!

  4. Robert Hall Says:

    I seem to recall assorted short-lived schemes for revival of Wolsztyn’s ‘lesser lines’ surfacing now and again, over the past 15-odd years. As observed, Poland in these times is full of ambitious and creative ideas in the ‘railway reinstatement’ area, which most often come to nothing.

    In summer 2006, there was a proposal aired – with talks on the subject, between PKP Cargo and the local-government authorities – for getting the Wolsztyn – Nowa Sol branch back into action as a steam museum line. This one speedily sank without trace, it would appear…

  5. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Yes, but the line to Nowa Sol isn’t complete any more as a bridge washed out a number of years ago after Konotop. Also I believe you cannot now get as far as Konotop…..

    The line to Sulechow has a few km of track stolen so it is not complete either.

    THere are other things that could be done, but money and the reluctance to use outside help is always the stumbling block (and the fact that the Poles really don’t get the tourism thing yet…..)

  6. Robert Hall Says:

    One feels that it would be a good thing – in economic terms, anyway – if they got the hang of it, effectively and rapidly. Poland would seem, unavoidably, not to be on a very good wicket where tourism is concerned. Too far north to market itself re “sun”; spectacular scenery only on its southernmost edges; a not-very-exciting seaside, and for most tastes, a ditto cuisine. Adroit work would be needed to attract tourists and their money, in impressive numbers; those concerned, would do well to get the maximum mileage out of the country’s potential attractions, including all areas of the “railway heritage” field.

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