Archive for September 21st, 2012

Biggest rail fair beats records!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Solaris 5-segment Tramino, the variant operating in Poznan, but in Olsztyn livery. Photo courtesy Kurier Kolejowy.

(Click photo to go to the Kurier Kolejowy InnoTrans photo gallery.)

The largest yet Innotrans – the most important railway trade fair in the world – is over. The organisers, Berlin Messe, estimate that by the time the gates closed this afternoon a record 120,000 visitors had come to the fair.

Bombardier Flexity tram, already operating in Blackpool and Cracow, in Cracow livery. Photo courtesy Railway Gazette.)

(Click photo to go to the Railway Gazette InnoTrans photo gallery.)

2,500 companies from 49 countries exhibited their wares. The fair attracted 54 exhibitors from Poland underlying the importance of the railway industry to the country’s exports.

Exhibition organiser checks that all the outdoor exhibits are in the right place. Emma waits in the background. Photo courtesy InnoTrans.

(Click photo to go to the InnoTrans outdoor exhibit photo gallery.)

While the latest locomotives and rolling stock attracted a great deal of interest, the undoubted star of the show during the public open days was Emma, a diminutive 0-4-0T built by Hanomag in 1925 and owned by H. F. Wiebe GmbH.


Photography permit in Poznan

Friday, 21 September 2012

Parts of the new station at Poznan are quite photogenic. Photo BTWT.

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A resident of Murowana Goslina, a village some 20 kilometres to the North of Poznan, was taking photographs of the new Poznan Glowny railway station only to be stopped by security guard.

He was told that photography was forbidden, and when he challenged the ruling, he was informed that a special permit had to be obtained before taking any photographs. When he asked where these permits could be obtained, he was told that the appropriate gentleman, the Regional Director with responsibility for stations, was away on holiday and that such permits could only be obtained after paying a fee.

Considerably miffed, our hero took the story to the Glos Wielkopolski daily who contacted the PKP SA headquarters in Warsaw. An embarrassed PKP spokesman explained that, it is true that photographic permits have been introduced for photography at Poznan Glowny, but that these are only required for commercial or wedding photography and there is no regulation in place to stop casual photography.

So if you are taking photographs in a public railway location either in the UK or in Poland and are stopped by an over zealous official,  do ask to see a written copy of their instructions or failing that their manager. It may well be that it is your persecutor, rather than you, who is operating outwith their remit.

With a hat tip to Robert Dylewski.