Archive for January 22nd, 2012

Xmas/New Year Competition – No. 10

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The 10th mystery location. Satellite photo Google Maps.

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Many years have passed since the last train ran along these hills and today the former narrow gauge railway has become a road. Sometimes the modern road abandons the former railway track and takes a more direct route where the trains once hugged the contour and took a more roundabout route.

Our last Google satellite view was the former site of the Radzymin terminus of the erstwhile Marecka Kolej Dojazdowa which was an important part of the transport infrastructure of Warsaw’s right bank and ran from Warszawa Wilanow station to Radzymin.

The first correct reply came from Inzynier who compared the copious clues with some of the information given in earlier BTWT posts. The other came from Waldemar Heise who utilised his Polish Ordnance maps (WIG) from the 1930s and came in with the answer some 8 hours later. So the point goes to Inzynier.

Part of the WIG 1:25,000 map of the Radzymin area.

Map Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny:

Lifts? Please book 48 hours ahead.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Centralna facelift has given the station a new cleaner appearance. Photo BTWT.

Friday’s Wyborcza daily newspaper and the TVP evening news carried the good news about the lifts at Warszawa Centralna. Apparently there have always been lifts at Centralna, but they had been hidden by the clutter that the station had accrued since it had been built.

Now as part of the stations 40 million zloty Euro 2012 facelift, the clutter has been removed, the lift doors painted a bright orange and pictograms put up showing where to find them.

There are guide strips for the visually impaired. Photo BTWT.

Naturally enough people with heavy luggage, prams or in wheelchairs, gather outside the lifts. They press the button and wait, and wait, and wait. Nothing happens. Then they make their way down to the platform as best they can. For people with wheelchairs the only way down is a slippery steep travelator at the far end of the platform.

Wyborcza took up the matter with the PKP press office. ‘They are freight only lifts installed in the 1970s. They weren’t intended for passengers.’ So why has access to the lifts been provided and pictograms displayed? ‘The lifts are available to passengers, but should be booked 48 hours beforehand’. Wyborcza tried ringing the number provided by PKP (22 47 46 016) several times, but no one answered.

You could not make it up!

There is a new lift, but it does not go to the trains. Video by .


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