Archive for November 30th, 2010

Smigiel Railway endgame…

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

…the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Smigiel station during the Smigiel Railway’s 110th anniversary celebrations on 19 September 2010. Will this be the last such event? Photo Marek Ciesielski.

SKPL’s custodianship of the Smigiel Railway is reaching its endgame. Smigiel Town Council has just informed the short-line railway operator as to how it will be assigning this year’s 100,000 PLN grant from the Wielkopolska Provincial government: 20,000 PLN will cover the Council’s expenditure on the 110th anniversary celebrations; 32,000 will be assigned to the Town Council in lieu of local taxes; 48,000 will go towards SKPL’s operating expenses. The result will be an operating deficit of some 40,000 PLN.

An earlier report on BTWT referred to the possibility of SKPL recouping its losses season from a lucrative roadstone contract. It now seems likely that due to the world financial situation the Polish government will be trimming back its road-building plans for 2011 and that the contract will not be finalised. In the circumstances we expect that SKPL will shortly be informing Smigiel Council that they cannot operate the railway at a loss and will be withdrawing from their operating agreement.