Smigiel Railway saved as a working railway



Three trains in operation at Smigiel.
Photo ©Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

At a meeting of Smigiel Town Council yesterday, a resolution was passed confirming that the Council intends to make a donation each year towards the operating costs of the Smigiel Railway commensurate in size with the railway’s local tax liability to the Council. The resolution spells the end of earlier plans prepared by the Counil for the railway to be run as a pure ‘tourist railway’ by the Town Council’s own direct labour force. SKPL will continue to be line’s operator and to offer a mix of passenger and freight services as well as special services customised to passenger’s individual requirements.

I would like to thank everybody who wrote individual letters to the Mayor of Smigiel asking that the railway be allowed to continue its role as a working railway.


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5 Responses to “Smigiel Railway saved as a working railway”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:


    We can only hope that the WE’s Px48 gets to play there again next year.

  2. Robert Hall Says:

    Wonderful news, and very cheering.

  3. John Ball Says:

    This is great news. Let’s show Smigiel how much a genuine working narrow gauge railway can attract visitors and add to prosperity.

  4. Dampfmeisteren Says:

    Good work everyone. Now for gathering funds for overhaul of Px48-1765.

  5. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    You are wasting your time. The Mayor/deputy Mayor of Smiegel was not interested when money (£20,000+) was available from an individual last year as they thought that money could be made from the restoration and despite assurances that the loco would remain at Smigiel as long as the railway remained open, they said no, the town would fund it rather than an individual. Cutting your nose off to spite your face seems appropriate here. You know it isn’t going to happen.

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