I sometimes wonder what Poland would have been like if WWII had left Poland on the western side of the Iron Curtain and fifty years under Soviet hegemony had not exhausted its economy. Imagine Poland’s narrow gauge railways continuing to play a role in rural transportation just like the Zillertalbahn.
Impossible in contemporary Poland? Well given the we-must-catch-up-with-the-West-at-all-costs mindset quite possibly. But the Smigiel Railway carried up to 90 schoolchildren as recently as five years ago until a council subsidized bus service started running on the same route. Even the Krosniewice Railway passenger service had its busy peaks on market days and during the All Saints holiday.
By the way Gerhard Germann’s video is absolutely suburb. Both the camera work and sound quality are at a level of professionalism rarely found on videos posted on You Tube.