Chabówka grabs Tr5 – threat to Wolsztyn plan


Disturbing news has reached BTWT that the manager of PKP Cargo’s open air railway museum at Chabowka, Maciej Panasiewicz, has played a masterstroke in his attempts to undermine the agreement between the four parties (PKP Cargo, Wielkopolska Provincial Government, Wolsztyn District Council, and Wolsztyn Town Council) that are planning to take over Wolsztyn shed and run it as a cultural institute.

While this is not the first time that news of Panasiewicz’s attempts at sabotage have reached our ears, it did not seem appropriate to dignify his previous efforts (dragging out overhauls of Wolsztyn steam locos, not releasing more Chabowka  locos for the last Wolsztyn parade, or interfering with the management of the Parade’s steam specials) by reporting them in our blog. This time we will not remain silent, his latest surprise move has shocked all Wolsztyn stakeholders, and it threatens the foundations of the agreement between PKP Cargo and the three local authorities regarding the future of the engine shed.

Just as lawyers are reaching the end of their work on the text of the agreement and constitution which are to give life to the new body which is to become the long-term custodian of Wolsztyn shed, Panasiewicz has arranged with PKP Cargo’s operational management to snatch Tr5-65 from Wolsztyn and move the loco to Chabówka.


Tr5-65 at Wolsztyn coaling stage. Photo courtesy Wojtek Lis.

Designed for heavy freight haulage, Tr5-65 is hardly mission critical to Wolsztyn’s unique role in maintaining a fleet of steam locomotives capable of maintaining the tight schedules of diesel-hauled passenger trains, nevertheless its future is significant to the success of the plans for shed.

Tr5-65 was originally built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1921, as a Prussian Railways G8 class 0-8-0. It was rebuilt as 2-8-0 at Schneidemühl (Piła) in 1938. It was transferred to PKP in 1945 and worked in various locations in south western Poland, ending up stationed at Wrocław Gądów where was withdrawn from active service in 1972. It was then moved around various locations in the character of a ‘pomnik techniczny’ (literal translation technical monument) before going to the railway works in Piła in 1993. It emerged from Piła having undergone a complete rebuild in 1994, was stationed in Jaworzyna Śląska until 2002 after which it was moved to Wolsztyn. It is currently awaiting an intermediate overhaul.

While railfans wanting to see the loco restored to working order might welcome the move to Chabówka which has considerable expertise in overhauling historic railway locomotives, we understand that an offer to fund the restoration of the loco has been made by a long-standing friend of Wolsztyn. Removing the loco just before the new arrangements to run the depot go operational is at best incredibly tactless, and at worst could seriously undermine the trust between the parties concerned – a trust which is critical if the new venture is to be a success.

See also: Wolsztyn Shed – Wielkopolska Vote ‘Yes’Wolsztyn Institute plan gets ‘green light’



One Response to “Chabówka grabs Tr5 – threat to Wolsztyn plan”

  1. John Says:

    what a load of tosh.

    Lets not forget.. Chabowka isnt all about profit its a musuem.

    Chabowka has been conserving locomotives in a musuem like fashion for over 20 years. Just look at the newly overhauled pt47.. its probably the best condition engine in Poland. How long will it remain in that condition at Wolsztyn ?
    Whilst a fan of Wolsztyn for decades.. it’s fleet always looks like a battered, beaten to death fleet of worn out locomotives. It never seems to get better, and several frankenstein locomotives have been cobbled together (exactly how many ol49’s have carried the number 69 ? or been sacrificed to make one ?)

    Why did the pt47 take so long at Chabowka… pictures speak louder than words…look what it looked like before it went.. and what it looks like on March 31st…

    Its not a recent thing, go back a decade or more… ol49-100, the two ty2’s always look spotless, manicured and like new… they were preserved operational musuem pieces.. no wonder they didnt want them being ripped apart at Wolsztyn.

    am I wrong.. time will tell.. lets see what the pt47 looks like at the end of the year. As for the Tr5… lets see what that looks like in a few years time too.

    I keep hoping someone will save ty1-76.. alas everytime ive seen it, there seems to be less and less of it.. but then again thats not a surprise given some at Wolsztyn have disappeared altogether.

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