Archive for March 15th, 2010

Polish umbrella society to tackle legislation

Monday, 15 March 2010

Poland’s new umbrella society for the heritage railway movement, the Polish Federation of Museum, Tourist and Local Railways, held a two day meeting at Zbiersk Cukrownia on the SKPL-operated Kalisz Railway over the weekend. Representatives took part from the Bialosliwa Railway, the Bytom Railway, the Koszalin Railway, the Starachowice – I┼éza Railway, the Naleczow Railway Supporters Association, and the various SKPL narrow gauge and standard gauge lines.

Among the matters about which the Federation plans to take action are the absurdities in the law which penalise freight-carrying narrow gauge railways with greater tax liabilities than standard gauge lines or the broad gauge LHS line. Also discussed was the Federation’s presentation at the April Fedecrail Conference in Budapest.

SKPL acted as host and provided a splendid dinner for all participants and ‘hangers on’. During the informal part of the proceeding there was a discussion about the problems faced with the Bialosliwa Railway Society who – having saved part of the 600 mm gauge Bydgoszcz and Wyrzysk Railways system and restored it to operation – face being evicted by the owner of the line, the Pila District Council.

We wish the Federation many successes in their future battles and pledge to do what we can to support their campaigns.