Archive for June 8th, 2012

“Everything for sale”

Friday, 8 June 2012

Elk Ol49-80 for sale on the Allegro auction site.

(Click on image to go to the auction site.)

Ol49-80, which had been offered for sale by PKP Nieruchomosci (PKP Estate Department), has been snapped up by a ‘businessman’ and immediately offered for sale on Allegro, the Polish rival to the eBay Internet auction site. The seller is looking for around 50,000 euro, the locomotive has a 200,000 PLN ‘Buy it now’ price tag. Also on offer is a wooden bogie covered goods van dating back to 1935. Both are at the erstwhile skansen at Elk which is being liquidated by PKP.

We regard it as obscene that steam locomotives and items of historic rolling stock which have been set aside for preservation by PKP can be simply sold off like any surplus commodity with no thought to their future welfare. Moreover we are even more disgusted that when one PKP company has sought to protect its historic assets by donating them to a society that DOES care about their future another section of PKP does its best to destroy all the good work that has been done.

If, like us, you think that the commercial sale of items in PKP’s collection of preserved rolling stock is wrong and that the attempts by PKP Nieruchomosci to evict TOZKiOS from the the Pyskowice locomotive shed are immoral, why not tell the relevant authorities? A new Minister of Transport  and a new chairman of PKP have been appointed since BTWT’s last campaign. Their contact details are:

The Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Affairs

Sławomir Nowak
Minister Transportu, Budownictwa i Gospodarki Morskiej
ul. Chałubińskiego 4/6,
00-928 Warszawa

tel. 00 48 22 630-1000

The Chairman of PKP SA

Jakub Karnowski
Prezes Zarzadu, Dyrektor Generalny
Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A.
ul. Szczesliwicka 62
00-973 Warszawa