New viaduct augurs well for Wolsztyn

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New truss girder bridge in position near Lubon. Photo TPWP.

(Click photo to read the original TPWP report in Polish.)

Further to our article of 30 May about line 357 upgrading, TPWP (The Society of Friends of Wolsztyn Steam Shed) reports on its website that the Lubon truss girder bridge was replaced on 4 July. The upgrade removes a 20 km/h speed restriction and a weight restriction whch prevented Pt 47s 2-8-2s from working over the old bridge.

From 27 June to 4 July inclusive, a KKA railway replacement bus service ferried passengers between Lubon and Sreniawa. The first Poznan – Wolsztyn steam service worked by Ol49-7 crossed the bridge on Sunday 5 July.

Last year an enormous row erupted when PKP Przewozy Regionalne suspended steam trains between Wolsztyn and Poznan – supposedly on account of the fire risk – during the summer season, one month earlier than had been scheduled. Subsequently a new agreement was hammered out between PKP Cargo, PKP Przewozy Regionalne and the Provincial Governor’s office. This year – in spite of the scorching hot summer – steam trains are scheduled to run without interruption.

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