By Tr5, no Ol49-7, to Sieniawa


Ol49-7 and vintage train 6.2.2010. Photo ©Tomasz Domzalski

(Click image to see the rest of Tomasz Domzalski’s photographs taken that day.)

We have already featured Tomasz Domzalski’s amazing photography in our post ‘The fire goes out in the last Tr5 in the world’. Well it seemed that we spoke too soon, for Tr5-65 received another extension to its boiler certificate. The Towarzystwo Przyjaciol Wolsztynskiej Parowozowni (Friends of Wolsztyn Shed), which had organised a very successful ‘Farewell to Tr5’ special in December, rapidly organised another special for 6 February. Unfortunately, it appears that we were right to be pessimistic after all. The boiler certificate extension is only intended to allow the Tr5 to perform at this year’s Wolsztyn gala not for the engine to work in revenue earning service. We trust that the many visitors from abroad who booked to travel behind the Tr5 were not too disappointed. Meanwhile if there is anyone out there who would like to sponsor the Tr5’s next major overhaul, PKP Cargo would be delighted to hear from you…  .

4 Responses to “By Tr5, no Ol49-7, to Sieniawa”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Now that is a bit bizarre. The boiler is certified for full working pressure, but not OK to run in traffic? I can only assume that there is some fault with the running gear/wheels/tyres that precludes it running out on the main line. Given the parlous state of the other engines this is not outwith the realms of possibility.

    There really needs to be some injection of cash to ensure the overhauls are going ahead correctly as with the amount of subsidy the money IS going somewhere, but it isn’t in the upkeep of the locomotives!!

    And you can read what you will into that.

    Any bets on the Pacific being ready for THIS years parade?

  2. Michael Dembinski Says:

    (link to rest of Tomek’s pics not working)

  3. Mike Winslow Says:

    I was on the train and a great time was had by all as can be seen on the photos by Tomasz Domzsalki. They really capture the steamy cold day. Somehow I can’t imagine Network Rail Ploughing an abandoned line in the middle a a severe winter so that a trainload of foreign railfans could travel over it.

    Keep up the good work with BTWT, it is the best of its kind.

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