11-coach Lodz Fabryczna – Warszawa Zachodnia train at Warszawa Centralna on 10 October 2011.
With just 6 months to go before the start of the Euro 2012 final tournament on 8 June it has just dawned on PKP IC bosses that, with hundreds of their coaches laid up in sidings awaiting maintenance, there just might not be enough coaches to go round to carry the extra passengers. A meeting has been set up between PKP IC and DB for 9 November at which the question of leasing German railway coaches will be discussed. Apparently such an option might be cheaper than IC repairing its own coaches.
Meanwhile, mindful of the chaos that took place on Poland’s railways last winter Slawomir Nowak, Poland’s new transport minister, has moved decreed that – from 19 to 28 December – seat reservation will be compulsory on four of PKP IC’s long distance trains: TLK trains: Kossak (Przemysl – Szczecin), Gałczynski (Lublin – Szczecin), Pobrzeze (Krakow-Kołobrzeg) and Monciak – Krupowki (Zakopane – Gdynia).
Extra coaches will be made available, should the reservation system indicate that there may be may not be enough capacity on these trains. Since PKP IC has not been allocated any money to actually put more coaches back into service, Nowak has ordered PKP IC to draw up a list of its 10 least popular trains. If extra coaches are needed, one or more trains on Nowak’s list will not run and their coaches will be used to strengthen the formation of the busier services.