Lorry collision stops steam

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Steam services from Wolsztyn have been suspended following a collision between a lorry and Ol49-69. The collision, which took place on 11 September, caused some damage to the locomotive, including bent motion.  The lorry suffered serious damage, with most of the cab destroyed.  The lorry driver was lucky to escape with his life, with parts of the cab attaching themselves firmly to the locomotive.

Damage to Ol49-69 following the collision on 11 September

Ol49-69with the remains of the lorry’s door  firmly attached to the loco’s cab. Photo James Shuttleworth.

Whilst the loco was out of traffic for a couple of days whilst repairs were effected at Wolsztyn, it has since returned to service.

The reason for the disruption to the service this time, was not due to the unavailability of a loco or crew, but down to the the cold snap that seems to have caught everyone unawares. The only suitable steam-heated coaches which Koleje Wielkopolskie  had available were involved in the collision. These still require repair, with their steps being ripped off in the force of the collision. (The Poznan-Wolsztyn services are run by Koleje Wielkopolskie, with the locos and their crews being provided by PKP Cargo, and the coaches leased from Przewozy Regionalne!)

With temperatures dropping as low as 3C at night at present, and with no other steam heated coaches available, PKP has taken the step of substituting a diesel railcar until suitable coaches are in service.  It is understood that steam services will return as from today’s (Thursday 27 September) afternoon working.

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We understand from a senior railway source, who wishes to remain anonymous, that yesterday PKP Cargo signed an agreement for the purchase of 10 passenger coaches, suitable for steam haulage, from Czech Railways at a very good price. The second class coaches are destined for the Poznan-Wolsztyn service; the first class coaches are expected to see duty on various steam specials.

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3 Responses to “Lorry collision stops steam”

  1. M.P. "Preki" Says:

    Hey, so it’s a Czech or Polish museum railway? Why would they buy carriages that had nothing to do with Poland?

  2. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Ah, the “Polish or nothing” mentality of the average Polish enthusiast.

    And before I get “flamed”, the British enthusiasts are no better as most of them have a “British or nothing” mentality as well!

    Well, the answer is mainly because the apologies for politicians that run Poland’s Rail network aren’t fit to run a nursery for children. They have starved Polish Railways of money for even basic repairs for years and the system has gone from crisis to crisis with the guys at the top seemingly having no shame at the state the railways are now in, and then moving on to new positions with depressing regularity.

    There are coaches lying on scrap lines that could be cannibalised to provide spares to repair the coaches damaged in the accident, or rebuilt to provide spare capacity. But that is beyond their comprehension to do so. And that would (or should) be a cheaper option.

    In Britain we made ALL the mistakes that Poland is making now with its rail network years ago and are regretting it now. WHY do politicians learn NOTHING from history? Or is it because they are only looking only at the next election and NOT 20-25 years or more ahead as they should be doing for the good of the country?

    Anyway Czech coaches and steam is better than NO coaches and NO steam………and anyway, wouldn’t Czech coaches be of the generic type that ran all over the former Eastern Bloc and visually not much different from the coaches that were damaged in the accident?

    I do hope that ALL the money was recovered from the driver’s insurance (if he had any!) but I suspect not!

    • Dyspozytor Says:
        And before I get “flamed”…

      This is Behind The Water Tower we do not have ‘flame wars’.

      What we do have is intelligent debate, between people of different views who know what they are talking about.

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