John Savery contributes BTWT’s 800th post
Smigiel Yard on 5 August 2011. Molehills? Photo by John Savery
Actually spot resleepering! Photo by John Savery
Secondhand sleepers. Photo by John Savery
Transporter wagons await their fate. Photo by John Savery
On 5 August, I called in to Smigiel on the way between Wolsztyn and Jarocin. I had heard that there had been a tender for the sale of the transporter wagons (details are on the council’s website – see link) but was unclear if any had been sold or not. As I was within a stone’s throw, I called in to see if there was any sign of them, half expecting to see someone cutting them up (even though the tender had been for rail use only.)
What I found, was a large number of transporters in the station area, all with lot numbers spray painted on. As I drove down past the side of the station, I noticed a large pile of sleepers in the distance, and, curious as to what they were doing there (and partially fearing the worst – tracklifting) found they were all ex-standard gauge sleepers, and lots of them. As I parked up, someone came out of the workshop, so I greeted them and asked them about the sleepers. They explained that it was for remont and indicated the station area. I said that there were no trains now, and the guy said that the railway was now owned by the town. I asked who paid for the sleepers, and he replied that the town had bought them. (I assume that this means the council.) I asked if there would be trains next year, and it got a half shrug, Byc moze.
There were a couple of guys in the workshop area behind the shed. I didn’t actually see anyone physically working outside, but the activity looks very recent. There was a clear single shiny line on one set of rails where something had been moved fairly recently. I couldn’t work out what it was.
As far as the resleepering goes, the size of the pile tells its own story. There are a fair few there, and I imagine that you could cut them in half and get two out of each one given the gauge difference.
As you can see in the photos looking down the yard, there are a good few excavations where sleepers are being changed. Each one is marked with an “X” on the rail head.
The stock around the yard is more or less as it was left. There is a broken window in one coach, the railcar or coach is still minus its bogie and stuck up on a transporter wagon (I don’t remember how many years it has been like that – a good few) and a diesel is still dumped outside the shed. I’d guess that all the transporters have been moved to Smigiel as part of the tender process.
The Px48 is still there, although the tree behind it has collapsed in the winds (I asked the guy I spoke to about the tree and he said that it collapsed in the winds.)