Another narrow gauge tram!


Narrow gauge tram from Mrozy to Rudka Sanatorium.
Newsreel Film from 1959

Following our photo report on the narrow gauge trams in Lodz, a discussion on other locations with narrow gauge trams has been flourishing in our comments column. Narrow gauge tramways have been identified as operating in Bydgoszcz, Torun, Grudziaz, Elblag, Krakow (no longer operating) and Mrozy.

Mrozy station today.

Mrozy? A 2.5 km horse-drawn tramway survived here until the early 1960s connecting the station to the Sanatorium at Rudka. A hat tip to ‘Podroznik’ for the link.

Polish railways ‘Then’ and ‘Now’.
by Wil12

The above film was created on a train simulator. Congratulations to Wilu12! BTWT postings have been disturbed by my really bad cold and sundry minor ailments. Normal service will be resumed as soon as I recover.

I have been asked to speak at a conference on the future of Przewozy Regionalne in March. If you have any ideas for my presentation please write to me at the usual address: railfan [at] go2 [dot] pl


2 Responses to “Another narrow gauge tram!”

  1. Michael Dembinski Says:

    Bad ailments? What was it Henry Ford said about fasting?

    Lent starts on Wednesday. Drop all the bad stuff, apply your will for 46 days, and come out of it feeling a whole lot stronger.

    You know it makes sense!

  2. Robert Hall Says:

    Newsreel video – delightful. Douglas, IOM, was never like this!

    I’ve just dug up a map which attempts an overview of the narrow gauge in Poland as at 1961, with some later amendments for later in that decade. This includes locations with narrow-gauge trams. It was compiled by the late E.K. Stretch of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society. Although some minor errors are discernible, it was ground-breaking research at the time. (Incidentally, Mr. Stretch never visited Poland, even when it became easy for tourists from the West to do so.)

    In addition to the locations already listed above, the map shows the following narrow gauge tram locations (mostly marked up as having ceased operation at various dates up to 1969) –

    785 mm. gauge: the Katowice / Bytom / Gliwice conurbation (noted as mostly converted to standard gauge by 1961).

    Metre gauge: Bielsko-Biala, Inowroclaw, Jelenia Gora*, Legnica, Olsztyn, Slupsk, Sczczecin (by inference, converted to standard gauge by 1961), Walbrzych.

    *I seem to recall reading that was a fairly long into-the-countryside route.

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