Rogow chairman resigns

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Andrzej Tajchert presents the current state of the Rogow – Rawa – Biala narrow gauge railway at a meeting for local and national government officials held on 4 April 2011 in the museum building in Rogow. Photo © K. Boberek.

(Click on the image to link to an account of the meeting, with links to this and other photos, on the Ziemia Lodzka tourist portal.)

Andrzej Tajchert, who has been leading the project to restore the Rogow – Rawa – Biala narrow gauge railway for ten years has resigned from his position as chairman of the Polish Narrow Gauge Railway Foundation (FPKW).

He had been associated with the line since 2001 when he and Pawel Mieroslawski, the chairman of the Polish Railway Enthusiasts Association (PSMK) first learned about PKP’s plans to close its remaining narrow gauge railways and started discussions with PKP and the local authorities.

Earlier this month he hosted a delegation from Fedecrail in Rogow and gave an excellent presentation about the FPKW’s achievements in Rogow and the challenges facing the line.

In an e-mail to friends and co-workers he wrote –

After 10 years I regret that I no longer have the ability or energy to look after the Rogow line in a manner which would accord with my understanding of the concept of responsibility.

50 kilometres of railway, rolling stock, staff, the Office of the Railway Transport, local authorities – all these demand someone working full-time. Something that I just cannot manage to do. That is why I have resigned from my position of chairman and board member.

I apologise for my many mistakes and pass on my best wishes the new board and its new chairman for success in further developing the railway.

BTWT salutes Andrzej Tajchert for his achievement in Rogow. The line is Poland’s premier volunteer-assisted preserved railway. We hope very much that  he will not only continue to be involved in developing  the line, but also that he will find a way of sharing his experience and knowledge with Poland’s wider railway heritage movement.

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