No man’s land

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This armoured train, intended to keep Soviet VIPs safe during WWII, is now retired in the Railawy Museum in Warsaw. But for how much longer is the Museum itself safe?
Photo © Jerzy Dabrowski, ONS picture agency.

The Railway Museum in Warsaw moves into unfamiliar territory tomorrow. The Museum remains open, but the licence agreement under which the Museum occupies the old Warszawa Glowna site has been terminated by PKP and ends midnight today. PKP has proposed a new licence on the basis of a commercial rental of some 720,000 PLN (£155,000) per annum to run for a period not exceeding two years. The sum proposed is many times more than the Museum can afford and the proposed duration hardly allows enough time for the Museum to identify a suitable site, obtain planning permission, construct the necessary facilities and move the collection. The question of how such a move should be financed also remains in the air. Watch this space!

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2 Responses to “No man’s land”

  1. Mike Baker Says:

    Yes I knew Edmund Ilski in Hitchin uk

  2. Jozef Says:

    The headline is misleading. This is not a Soviet VIP train from WWII. This was a german train from that period. I was inside of the armored locomotive (behind the armored front with the artillery piece) in the 80’s it still had the original german engine and original german batteries. If you research it a little, this locomotive was built in the 1942 r. for Wermacht (german nazi army) in the Berliner Maschinenbau A.G. factory (3 such armored sets were assembled).

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