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Second Srem Rail ‘Picnic’

Saturday, 22 September 2012

TGM40-9586 and train waiting to depart from Czempin. Photo Michal Koscielniak.

The second Piknik Kolejowy, which took place last Saturday, 15 September, was an outstanding success. Thousands of local railway residents and railway enthusiasts crowded the grounds at Srem railway station.

Triple overtaking! Photo Michal Koscielniak.

Undoubtedly the biggest attraction was the special shuttle train service that ran between Czempin and Srem on this normally freight-only line which has been taken over by the Srem District Council.

Garden railway. Photo Michal Koscielniak.

With SKPL operating the trains, Przewozy Regionalne providing the double deck railway carriages and the Srem District Council arranging the various family attractions at Srem station, the recipe proved very popular and it looks as if the ‘railway picnic’ is set fair to be an annual event.

Tail lights. Photo Michal Koscielniak.

Local rail transport enthusiasts are hoping that the publicity generated by the event may encourage the Wielkopolska provincial government to provide financial support which would enable regular passenger services to be reintroduced on the line.

Train ready to depart for Czempin. Photo Michal Koscielniak.

Our thanks to SKPL for forwarding Michal Koscielniak’s superb photographs.

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Super power at Srem

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Class 66 66220, newly outshopped in D B Schenker Rail Polska colours, at Zdzieszowice en route to Czempin and Srem on 16 June 2011. Photo J. Stawinski.

After the completion of extensive homologation tests, D B Schenker Rail Polska have commissioned their Class 66 locomotive 66220. The loco, which has generated a great deal of interest in Polish railway enthusiast circles, formerly worked in the UK as part of the EWS motive power fleet.

Class 66 66220, at Srem station on 17 June about to return to Czempin and the main line. Photo J. Stawinski.

On 16 June, 66220 worked a train of 30 bogie coal wagons down the SKPL-operated Czempin – Srem branch. After delivering its load to the foundry at Srem, 66220 spent the night there and returned with the empties on 17 June.

Class 66 66220 and 30 empty coal wagons, at the boundary of the Srem District on 17 June. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

Passenger services return to Srem…

Monday, 13 June 2011

just for a day.

SKPL 401Da-216 0-6-0D shunter backs on its train at Czempin on 11 June 2011. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

Saturday 11 June saw passenger services returning for one day to the Czempin – Srem line on the occasion of the Dni Srema festival.

The train consisted of  two, 2-coach articulated double-decker sets painted in heritage dark olive green. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

The one-day operation was a joint between Przewozy Regionalne – who provided the rolling stock – and SKPL – who provided the locomotive and driver.

The line runs mostly along the main road although – as above – there are some very attractive scenic sections. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

The day’s operation received financial support from Srem Town Council.

This rural scene level crossing usually only sees a daily freight train. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

SKPL ran 4 trains each way between Czempin and Srem.

SKPL 401Da-216 and train run literally through the station master’s garden at Szoldry. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

The first train left Czempin at 07:35 and included a number of stops to allow railway enthusiasts to take pictures.

The semaphore signals are still in situ at Grabianowo, although they have been unused since PKP suspended services on the line. Photo Albert Mikolajczyk, SKPL.

As well as the 07:35 three other trains left Czempin, at 10:30, 13:05 and 15:30; returning at 10:20,

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Steam engine wanted

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

750 mm gauge passenger train and standard gauge freight train side by side on SKPL’s mixed gauge tracks at Pleszew, photo SKPL

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SKPL, Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozow Lokalnych – best known for operating Poland’s last freight carrying, common carrier, narrow gauge railways – are looking for a steam engine. SKPL also operate freight on a number of standard gauge railways and have started negotiations to operate the Srem – Czempin line in Wielkopolska province. SKPL are planning to expand their special services aimed at international railway enthusiasts. A guest 750 mm gauge Px48 is already a regular visitor on the Smigiel Railway, courtesy of Howard Jones and the the Wolsztyn Experience.

If you, or someone you, has a small goods locomotive in ticket, which is not getting the use that it deserves, why not consider bringing it to Poland? A Hunslet ‘Austerity 0-6-0ST, or GWR 57xx pannier tank 0-6-0PT, or LMS Jinty 0-6-0T would be ideal. This is a genuine partnership opportunity. SKPL is looking to share in the costs and profits of the venture.

If you are interested in following this up, please, in the first instance e-mail Dyspozytor at: