The sudden decision to close the line from Kasina Wielka to Nowy Sacz to passenger traffic has taken several groups by surprise, not least Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Wolsztyńskiej Parowozowni (TPWP) who have a planned photo charter for 10 October. The line from Chabowka to Nowy Sacz, part of the Kolej Transwersalna had recently been subject to renewed activity, due to the Małopolskie Szlaki Turystyki Kolejowej (Malopolska Railway Tourism), organised by the Nowy Sacz Railway Enthusiasts Society. The society had recently received funding of 200,000 zl, (about £35,000) from the Malopolska regional government to run a series of charters along the line. They too, have had to change plans, for trains later this month, and into October and November.
Ty42-107 heads a special organised by the Nowy Sacz Railway Enthusiasts Society towards Chabowka, 26 May 2013. Photo: John Savery
The decision, taken on safety grounds, was made by PLK, the business which runs Polish rail tracks. With limited (if no) maintenance being undertaken on sections of the line, the permanent way is in poor condition. The remaining part of the line, from Chabowka to Kasina Wielka remains open.
The line has been threatened with closure before however had a last minute reprieve. With no scheduled freight service over the line, the closure is effectively a total closure over the scenic and heavily graded section between Kasina Wielka and Nowy Sacz.