Steam trains better than railcars in the snow.


2-6-2 Ol49-59 and railcar  SA132-013 at Wolsztyn on 21.12.2009
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The Wolsztyn Experience website reports that the railcars which operate the majority of Wolsztyn – Poznan services have struggled to cope with the deep snow.

The extreme cold weather in Europe has this year produced more snow in Wolsztyn than the last few years with 12 ins in early January. On Jan 4th the steam service from Wolsztyn hauled by Pt47-65 was the only on time arrival at Poznan in the morning rush hour. Delays on some days have been caused by the railcars which have struggled in the deep snow; however, having waited to pass a railcar running some 20 minutes late on Sunday 3rd Jan, the Pt recovered 15 minutes of the lost time. Old technology once again proves its worth in extreme conditions.

Wojtek Lis reports on his Wiadomosci z Parowozowni w Wolsztynie website that on Saturday afternoon a railcar travelling from Poznan to Wolsztyn became stuck in the snow at Mlyniewo near Grodzisk Wielkopolski. A diesel locomotive sent to assist the train as well as a rotary plough failed to free the railcar. Finally the crew of the snow plough were joined by the Grodzisk Wielkopolski fire brigade and the two teams together managed to dig out the railcar from the snow by hand.

Meanwhile the following train hauled by 2-8-2 Pt47-65 was held at Grodzisk Wielkopolski where it spent the whole night! Its passengers were taken to Wolsztyn by the last PKS service of the day, while the Pt47, using its last reserves of water, reached Wolsztyn at 05:40! Today’s 05:11 Wolsztyn – Poznan working left Wolsztyn at 07:28.



7 Responses to “Steam trains better than railcars in the snow.”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    And then the turntable broke down…

    As things go in threes… I am glad I am not out there until March!

  2. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    And apparently a water gauge glass burst on the Pt and the Ol then couldn’t leave the shed because of the turntable problem… Hopefully all sorted now as the turntable is fixed. Ol49-7 takes over today from Pt47-65 while the fitters try and remove the curse. :-)

  3. Trevor Butcher Says:

    I like steam, but under the apparent pleasure of these ‘old is better than new’ spins on stories I generally feel a minor chill of annoyance because when you examine them closer the foundations are often, well, a lot of old steam. How big was this steam train, are they trying to make a comparison the equal of a 1930s 2 litre road car versus a 1990s 2 litre road car, or a 1940s Jeep versus my 2008 Citroen C1 in-a-foot-of-snow type of comparison?

    I wouldn’t mind so much, but here in Lublin trying to encourage people to care enough to do something is heartbreaking: “Oh, no, the government should do it, we never got together and helped in this kind of thing in the past, oh no, doing something to help the community won’t work, it’s against our tradition,” and so on.

    rant, rant, rant… ;)

    Great blog, by the way!

    • dyspozytor Says:

      Hi Trevor, Very interesting comment. Were you campaigning for better rail transport in Lublin or for another cause? Do drop me a line on railfan [at] go2 [dot] pl

  4. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    And the Ol49 hit a van at Tloki!!

    Are they going for the full house???????


  5. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Another railbus stuck in a drift today! On the Zbąszynek – Leszno line at Solecko. Rescued by Ol49-59 which has just returned from the shops at Leszno yesterday.

    These railcars don’t like the snow, do they??

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