Jedrzejow Narrow Gauge Railway in 1974. Lodz Film School.
The Jedrzejow Narrow Gauge Railway (nowadays called the Swietokrzyskie Narrow Gauge Railway) still runs through some outstanding scenery, in spite of having lost, over the years, some of its most attractive fragments. Gone are: a series of spectacular zigzags to cross a high ridge near Pincow, a temporary WWII-era timber bridge across the Vistula near Tarnobrzeg and a more permanent girder bridge across the same river at Szczucin. The latter (which still survives minus the railway) appears in the film.
At its height before WWII, the network comprised many hundreds of kilometres of 600 mm track – both public lines administered by PKP, and freight only lines for carrying sugar beet to sugar refineries. Today, thanks to the efforts of a supporters’ club, the Stowarzyszenia Sympatyków Zabytkowej Jędrzejowskiej Kolejki Dojazdowej, some 31 km of the line have been preserved and are run by an operating company owned by the local authorities.
Like many ‘non-standard’ narrow gauge lines the Jedrzejow system was converted to the Russian ‘standard’ narrow gauge of 750 mm shortly after the end of WWII. When this wonderful video was made by students of the Lodz Film School, the line was past its prime, but was still carrying passengers and freight over a substantial portion of its network.
A hat tip to Piotr Kumelowski for the link.
More (in Polish):
- Fundacja Polskich Kolei Wąskotowowych – Jędrzejowska Kolej Dojazdowa
- Świętokrzyska Kolejka Dojazdowa – “Ciuchcia Express Ponidzie”
- Wikipedia – Świętokrzyska Kolej Dojazdowa