Polish umbrella society to tackle legislation


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 – Iłza 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.


2 Responses to “Polish umbrella society to tackle legislation”

  1. Rik Degruyter Says:

    After more than 20 years of lobbying the Belgian preservation societies were successful in obtaining a significant lower rent figure for occupying the disused railway lines where they run heritage/tourist trains. The rent is now only 20% of what they paid before say about 150 euros/km/year…

    Of course this agreement has the consequence that the preservation societies took over all the obligations of the former owner. They have to maintain the railway land in a state as would be expected from “a responsible tenant”. This means of course a lot of money has to be expended for the maintenance of track, signalling equipment, bridges, level crossings, drainage, waste collection, et al.

    But at least it feels better to expend money to the maintenance of a tourist railway than to see it disappearing in the pockets of a cash strapped railway company with bonus eating managers !

    • dyspozytor Says:

      Hi Rik,

      Thank you for your timely and informative comment. Would you like to work this up into a short article explaining how the Belgian societies conducted their lobbying campaign?

      Their is a dearth of knowledge in Poland on how to conduct political lobbying and the long lead times that are necessary to get results.

      Best wishes


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