DB Schenker sells Ty2-5680 for scrap

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Ty2-5680 at the HQ of PCC Rail Szczakowa in June 2006.
Photo ©Steffen Poetzscher.

(Click image to see this photo in its original context on the Die Bahn-Halle, Eisenbahnnews und Reiseberichte website and see the rest of the photographs posted there by Steffen Poetzscher of his trip to Poland during 1 – 4 June 2006.)

News reached BTWT on 21 September that Ty2-5680 has been sold by the Polish division of DB Schenker to a scrap merchant. To loose any one of Poland’s 300 surviving steam locomotives is a tragedy; to loose a Ty2 that is complete and could be quickly restored to running order is completely unacceptable; to loose such a locomotive as the result of a decision by a division of Europe’s largest railway operator – Deutsche Bahn AG – is a scandal; to see it destroyed by the fiat of a German state owned company is a major international incident.

Ty2-5680 was built in 1943 by the F. Schichau GmbH, Maschinen und Lokomotivfabrik in Elbing and was allocated works no.3958. During the war it ran as DRB 52 5680 and then from 1945 onwards as MPS TE 5680. It spent much of its active life in Poland working on the sand railways – lines that were not part of the PKP network, but were operated by the Przedsiebiorstwo Materialpw Podsadzkowych Przemyslu Weglowego (PMPPW). When Ty2-5680 was withdrawn from service, it was preserved outside the PMPPW offices at Jaworzno-Knieje. In 1990 PMPPW was split into 6 separate companies. Ty2-5680 became part of Kopalnia Piasku Szczakowa SA, later PCC Rail Szczakowa SA, then PCC Rail SA. On 30 January 2009, DB Schenker bought PCC Rail SA, acquiring in the process an operating licence to run freight trains on Polish railways, the former PMPPW offices and Ty2-5680.

The shock decision to sell Ty2-5680 appears to have been made by local DB Schenker management without considering the PR and political repercussions. We urge all BTWT campaigners, especially our many German friends, to write immediately a firm but polite letter to Dr Rüdiger Grube, the chairman of Deutsche Bahn AG, asking him to take appropriate action to reverse the sale and save the locomotive.

Please write to:

Dr Rüdiger Grube
CEO and Chairman of the Mangement Board
Deutsche Bahn AG
Potsdamer Platz 2
10785 Berlin
GERMANY

Tel: +49 30 297-64031
Fax: +49 69 267-61919
e-mail: to be advised
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3 Responses to “DB Schenker sells Ty2-5680 for scrap”

  1. Thomas Stranz Says:

    Hallo Herr Grube,

    wenn die Deutsche Bahn im Heimatland schon kein Interesse an der großen geschichte der Deutschen Eisenbahnen hat, welche auch für Europa zukunftweisend war, so sollten Sie doch mit Ihren Unternehmen im Ausland die Sensibilität bewahren und nicht noch historische Exponate zur Verschrottung anbieten.

    Es ist traurig, was aus der Eisenbahn in Deutschland geworden ist und man fragt sich als stammkunde, ob man da so tatenlos zuschauen soll.

    Aber leider funktioniert nicht nur die Führung der Deutschen Bahn sehr schlecht, die Politik tut nämlich das gleiche und damit sind doch alle Hoffnungen begraben.

    Statt Prestigeprojekte vorranzutreiben, geheören auch Regionetze und Güternetze in einem guten Zustand zu erhalten.

    Letztlich soll auch die Geschichte nicht vernachlässigt werden.

    Früher gab es gute Nostalgieprogramme der DB, ja selbst die gebeutelte Deutsche Reichsbahn konnte sich Traditionslokomotiven und Sonderfahrten leisten!

    Ich möchte Enden mit den Worten von heinz Dürr:

    Zukunft braucht Herkunft!

    So sollte einst die Deutsche Bahn denken…

    Was ist davon noch übrig?

    Beste Grüße

    Thomas stranz

  2. Harvey Henkelmann Says:

    It is completely unacceptable to destroy such a magnificent machine.

  3. unknown visitor Says:

    Since this week friday the loco is restored and put on place at the DB Schenker Rail Polska HQ in Zabrze.

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