Archive for November 3rd, 2009

Bieszczady Railway end of year report

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

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The Bieszczady Railway’s LAS 0-6-0T hauling a photographer’s special in 2006.
Photo ©FBKL.

The Bieszczady Railway reports a good 2009 season. 115,000 tickets were sold to some 70,000 passengers. Currently the Bieszczady Railway operates over 30 km of a total of 70 km route miles. A three year modernization programme partly funded from the EU regional development funds has been given the go ahead from the provincial governor’s office. It is hoped to use the funds to refurbish the track and rolling stock and to restore the line’s Kp4 0-8-0T locomotive to working order.

The only dark cloud is that the extension of the line to connect with the PKP standard gauge line at Lupkow has been put on ice for the time being.

It is good news that, at a time when other narrow gauge railways are under pressure, Zygmunt Cholewinski the governor of the Podkarpackie province has recognized the value of economic tourism and has decided to back the scheme by providing the required ‘match funding’.