Jarocin – Open Day

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We have been asked by the Towarzystwo Kolei Wielkopolski to give a plug for their first open day on 11 June and we are delighted to do so.  This will be the first time that members of the public will be able to visit the old Jarocin steam shed since PKP Cargo moved out.  During the day the shed will service the steam locomotive hauling the Ziemianin railtour. The train will be visiting Jarocin on its way around Wielkopolska. The steam engine is expected to arrive on shed at approximately 11:55.  This will be the first time that a steam locomotive has moved under its own power into the shed for many years.  The train, which starts at Poznan, is due to arrive in Jarocin at 11:46 and depart for Krotoszyn and Krobia at 13:20.

We are impressed that the organisers are targeting the event as a good day out for the whole family. As well much to see of railway interest there will also be a bouncy castle and trampolines for children. Other Polish railway societies please note.

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10 Responses to “Jarocin – Open Day”

  1. Rik Degruyter Says:

    Wishful thinking… See message from Wolsztyn !

    Uwaga! Parowóz w ruchu planowym tylko do wtorku 7 czerwca. Parowozy Ol49-59 i Pm36-2 wyjeżdżają w czwartek do Warszawy na pokaz “Świetlny Most Euro 2012”. Ponownie parowóz w ruchu planowym dopiero w poniedziałek 13 czerwca.

    No steam in Jarocin, I presume…

    From behind the scenes : Chabowka was not prepared to send engines to Warszawa…

  2. warwickian Says:

    I had heard this earlier, that both locos were going to Warsaw, however, my understanding is that there is a contractual agreement to provide a loco for the Ziemianin train on 11 June, and the organisers (TurKol) are fully expecting the train to run, steam-hauled. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

  3. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I fail to see how Chabowka can “opt out” of sending engines as their engines are owned by PKP Cargo as far as I can recall. As Warwickian says, it will be interesting to see how this pans out. I suspect that PKP Cargo will try and fob off the organisers with an excuse that due to operational reasons steam is not available.

    If it was me I would not be happy, or inclined to pay for diesel haulage when I had been promised steam and paid for it!

  4. Damian Says:

    Well, PKP Cargo cannot/should not do this. Ziemianin is organised as a part of the Wielkopolska Chief Executive’s Office programme of steam specials (see Dyspositor’s post) and his office is a potential stakeholder in the planned “Parowozownia Wolsztyn” company. Failure to provide a loco for Ziemianin could have an adverse impact on negotiations.

    The best solutions would be either, to send only one loco to Warsaw and keep the other to haul Ziemianin, or for Pt47-65 and/or Ol49-7 to receive boiler ticket extensions. (That’s really wishful thinking!)

  5. Rik Degruyter Says:

    If Ol49-7 passes the boiler tests today and gets an extension of her boiler ticket, then there is still a possibility… as far as there are drivers (2 of 8) available…

  6. Bob Walters Says:

    I have it on the best authority that Ol49-7 will be going to Jarocin, having had the required boiler ticket extension granted.

    I and two others are going to Wolsztyn on Friday and should be part of the driving team for this train on Saturday.

    But as always with Poland – take nothing for granted until after it has happened!

  7. Rik Degruyter Says:

    Enjoy yourself !

  8. warwickian Says:

    By the looks of it Ol49-7 has had its ticket extended, and is now planned to take the Ziemianin to Jarocin and beyond on Saturday. As I am planning to be in Jarocin myself this weekend, I’ll be able to see how this pans out…

  9. Bob Walters Says:

    We had a very successful trip with the special on Saturday. Paul and I from the UK and Leo from Australia took part in the driving under the auspices of the Wolsztyn Experience. Paul and I took Ol49-7 light engine from Wolsztyn via Zbaszyn to Poznan. I drove the train from Poznan to Jarocin, Paul took over on to Krobia, and Leo from Krobia to Poznan via Leszno. He arrived back at Wolsztyn at about 3 am with the light engine! We were very impressed with the hospitality at all the stops en route. Full marks to everyone who organised the trip and all the people we met that day.

  10. warwickian Says:

    Photo’s of the open day are now on the TKW website (http://http://tkw.jarocin.pl/festyn-w-parowozowni). I also had a good day out, and was impressed by the number of people from the town that turned up to see what TKW are doing.

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