Ty51-133 at Chabowka. Photo PKP Cargo.
PKP bosses showed that they do not care a fig about the future of Poland’s railway heritage, by ‘donating’ PKP Cargo’s Ty51-133 to Poland’s annual charity jamboree Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy (The Great Orchestra of Christmas Assistance). In one stroke they have also struck a blow at Poland’s best kept railway museum – the Skansen at Chabowka. Ty51-133 was built by HCP Poznan in 1956 and spent its whole entire active life working on the industrial railways in Upper Silesia administered by the Przedsiebiorstwo Materialow Podsadzkowych Przemyslu Weglowego (PMPPW). In 1993, thanks to efforts of Krystof Jakubina of Pyskowice, the locomotive was taken into PKP Cargo’s stock and sent to Chabowka.
Once more we appeal to our campaigning readers to give a hand. If you think that Poland’s ‘preserved’ locomotives should stay preserved and not sold off to the highest bidder and that the unique collection at Chabowka should not be broken up, please write to:
The Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Minister Kultury i Dziedzistwa Narodowego
ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 15/17
The Chairman of PKP, SA.
Polskie Koleje Panstwowe S.A.
ul. Szczęsliwicka 62
To all our readers who have supported our campaigns in the past, my grateful thanks.