Whither Wolsztyn?

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Ol49-59 having just come off its train at Wolsztyn, 6 February 2012. Photo ©Christian Cederberg.

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I am very fond of the Wolsztyn ‘kettles’ so it is a real treat to be able to reproduce these atmospheric photographs taken by Christian Cederberg, the webmaster of the Dampdreven blog. The Wolsztyn – Poznan  steam workings are, to the best of my knowledge, (does any BTWT reader know of any other example?) the world’s last regular scheduled steam-hauled passenger (as opposed to tourist) mainline railway service. Christian visited Wolsztyn between 4 and 7 February and was kind enough to share these images with us on BTWT. If you would like to see the rest of his wonderful photographs please follow the links at the end of today’s post.

Ol49-59 and train pass through Strykowo, 6 February 2012. Photo ©Christian Cederberg.

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Following our posting of John Savery’s recent photographs of Ol49-69 under repair in Leszno, a considerable discussion has taken place in the comments column of that post. The bottom line is that Leszno-overhauled locos are not as serviceable as those that had been shopped out of Gniezno, and that not enough money is trickling its way down from the sizeable grant paid by the provincial government to work performed on the locomotives themselves. Readers of the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O’Brian will not need reminding that a similar fate befell the sizeable grants voted by Parliament each year to fund the maintenance of His Majesty’s Navy in the days of Nelson.

Ol49-59 and train at Grodzisk Wielkopolski, 6 February 2012. Photo ©Christian Cederberg.

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3 Responses to “Whither Wolsztyn?”

  1. nanstallon Says:

    Excellent photos, and proof, if it was ever needed, that Wolsztyn must survive, and not fall victim to economic recession or political manoeuvring.

  2. Matthew Says:

    Gorgeous, atmospheric photos.
    The only other that MIGHT count is the Isle of Man Railway- still publicly owned and counted, to a degree, as part of the public transport system for the Island. Besides a small handfull of diesels the stock is predominantly steam and around a century old!

  3. Jim Says:

    Mt Brocken and other routes emanating from Wernigerode in the Harz mountains of Germany is still a regular daily scheduled service!

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