Berlin-Bydgoszcz by slow train


Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn train at Seelow-Gusow.
Photo Karsten Knut Knuth.

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One of our correspondents reports on his trip from Berlin to Bydgoszcz. The different approach to railway transport in Germany and Poland was quite apparent. How long will it be, I wonder before NEB trains run through to major destinations in Poland?

Well I’m back from a long weekend in Berlin. Coming back I travelled on private operator NEB’s services from Berlin-Lichtenberg to Kostrzyn. Very nice, power points for laptops, coffee sales by the conductor. (Just 0.80 euro for a large cup!)

From Kostrzyn, the szynobus craze seems to have taken over. The Kostrzyn to Krzyz service was made up of a ZNTK Poznan-built 2-car unit on single axles, not bogies. It was quite packed, but inside it was cold. Both toilets were locked out of service, but there was a definite whiff of toilet chemicals inside the car. The ride to Krzyz went quite well, though at one point the conductor told someone that the connecting Krzyz – Pila service was odwolany, and this story made the rounds, although no official attempt was made to inform passengers.

Arriving Krzyz, a Wielkopolski Pesa railbus to Pila was waiting, so so much for that rumor. That leg went well. It was warm inside, but I hated the bus-style seating. At Pila a connection to an EN57 for Bydgoszcz was made. I used to hate EN57’s, but after so much DMU riding, it was a welcome sight!)


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