Archive for November 16th, 2009

Smigiel plans 110th anniversary

Monday, 16 November 2009

smigiel

Smigiel Railway in PKP days. Freight train from Wielichowo.
Still from Video by Andrzej Mastalerz.

(Click to see the video. Andrzej Mastalerz has put some of his collection of films of Polish narrow gauge lines on You Tube. You can see them here.)

The first train ran on the Smigiel Railway, then called the Schmiegeler Kreisbahn ran in 1900. The line was metre gauge and the first section had been built out from Stare Bojanowo eastwards towards Krzywin. These days the line is 750 mm gauge and runs westwards from Stare Bojanowo to Smigiel where most trains terminate. Each year a few chartered special trains run to the present western terminus of the line at Wielichowo.

In 2010 the Smigiel Railway will be 110 years old. SKPL, the operators of the line, plan to celebrate the birthday in style inviting a number of visiting steam engines and running a narrow gauge plandampf as part of the festivities. If you are planning your rail trips for 2010 then I would recommend holding the week of 10 – 17 September in reserve.