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May Holiday – A Narrow Gauge Feast

Friday, 20 April 2012

Updated

Crossing one of the long viaducts on the Jedrzejow line. The operating season at Jedrzejow starts on 1 May. Photo Ed Beale.

(Click image to enlarge.)

The first week in May is traditionally a holiday week in Poland with its two public holidays on 1 and 3 May. Many narrow gauge railways start their operating seasons during this week with trains at the weekends or on 1, 2 or 3 May. This year, 17 narrow gauge railways will be operating during the May holiday week. The special train at Przeworsk on Saturday 5 May must be booked in advance by email to smpkw [at] wp.pl before 22 April. The other trains do not need to be booked in advance.

  1. Bieszczady Forest Railway: 28 and 29 April, 1, 3, 5 and 6 May at 10:00 (to Przyslup) and 13:00 (to Balnica).
  2. Elk: Tuesday 1 May at 10:00.
  3. Hajnowka Forest Railway: 1-5 May at 10:00, 14:00 and 17:00.
  4. Hel Military Railway: 1, 3, 5 and 6 May.
  5. Jedrzejow: Tuesday 1 and Sunday 6 May at 10:00.
  6. Karczmiska: Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 May at 11:00.
  7. Koszalin: Tuesday 1 May at 11:00.
  8. Nowy Dwor Gdanski: 28 April to 6 May at 09:00, steam on 1 and 2 May.
  9. Piaseczno: 29 April, 1, 3 and 6 May at 11:00.
  10. Plociczno Forest Railway: Daily from 1 May at 13:00.
  11. Przeworsk: Special train with historic stock on Saturday 5 May (bookings by email to smpkw [at] wp.pl before 22 April).
  12. Rogow: 29 April, 1, 2, 3 and 6 May, four trains daily.
  13. Rudy: 28 and 29 April, eight trains to Paproc. 1, 3, 5 and 6 May, six trains to Paproc and 2 trains to Stanica.
  14. Smigiel: Thursday 3 May.
  15. Sroda: Tuesday 1 May, festival at Sroda Miasto station with short train trips to Kipa between 15:00 and 19:00.
  16. Starachowice: 1 and 6 May at 14:00 from Starachowice, 1-3 and 6 May at 14:00 from Ilza.
  17. Znin: Daily from Saturday 28 April, six trains each day.

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Regulator sets up n.g. portal!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The ‘World of Narrow gauge Railways’ according to UTK.

(Click on image to go to the UTK interactive map.)

With no effective umbrella body representing or promoting Poland’s tourist and heritage railways, it has fallen to Poland’s railway regulator, Urząd Transportu Kolejowego (Office of Railway Transport) to publish the first Polish language on-line atlas of operational narrow gauge lines.

Although we welcome this atlas, it does seem a somewhat bizarre thing for the UTK to publish. Have they not got more urgent priorities in the wake of the Szczekociny disaster?

Inevitably as always occurs with ‘first editions’, there are some omissions and inaccuracies. At first glance, two operational n.g. lines have been missed out, and one no-longer-operational line has been included.

We invite readers to submit their own corrections to BTWT. We will consolidate the corrections into one document and forward it to the UTK.

For readers planning their own visit to Poland we also recommend accessing Ed Beale’s own Narrow Gauge Railways in Poland portal for up to date information regarding operations in 2012. For information about the history of the lines Andrew Goodwin’s Polish Narrow Gauge Railways – though now somewhat dated – remains an invaluable resource.

(With a hat tip to Prezes for the link.)

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Narrow gauge trains in the snow

Friday, 10 February 2012

by Ed Beale

 

Just pick up the snowplough and run it up and down the mainline. 26 January 2012 – Getting the Bieszczady Forest Railway ready for the next day’s Winter Holiday train service. Video by .

For the first time in many years, several Polish narrow gauge railways are running winter tourist trains for passengers to enjoy the snowy scenery, and they have proved a great success. In PKP days trains most lines ran trains all-year-round whatever the weather, but since PKP shed its remaining n.g. lines in 2001, the only trains during winter have usually been “Santa specials” operated by some lines in December.

Despite the extremely cold and snowy winter this year all the trains have run more or less as planned, and old snowploughs have been brought back into use again doing a fine job of clearing the snow, especially in the Bieszczady mountains where there has been a large fall of snow this winter.

Polish school children have a two week winter holiday, the Ferijie Zimowe. The exact dates vary from region to region but all fall within the period 16 January to 26 February. During this period the Bieszczady Forest Railway in south east Poland is running a tourist train each Friday and Saturday, amazingly using open sided coaches usually known as letniaki (summer coaches!).

Winter Holiday train on the Bieszczady forest railway on 27 January. Video by .

The video above shows one of these trains from Majdan to Dolzyca and looks well used, with the open sided coaches clearly popular with photographers and video-makers! The cameraman is having a problem keeping his camera steady when the train is running – a common problem on most of the Polish n.g. lines!


Zulawy narrow gauge railway special, 28.01.2011. Photo bxi.pxd.pl.

(Click on the image to see the rest of the photos of the 28 January special.)

The Zulawy narrow gauge railway, which runs from Nowy Dwor Gdanski to the Baltic sea coast, ran a winter special on 28 January which reached Stegna and turned on the triangle there before returning to Nowy Dwor, on a superbly clear and icy winter day.

The Rogow narrow gauge railway likes to do things the correct way. Here the guard fine tunes the heating system on a 1aw coach. Photo FPKW.

(Click on the image to see a the rest of the photographs of the winter holiday train that ran on 5th Febuary.)

The Rogow narrow gauge railway east of Lodz offered their first winter train on Sunday 5 February, using a Lyd1 locomotive, Polish 1Aw coach fitted with a traditional coal-fired stove for heating, and brake van. It ran from Rogow to Jezow where sausages were cooked for lunch over a bonfire. Such was the demand for the train that it was totally sold out and an additional train will run this Sunday, 12 February.

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  • Video – Snowplough on the Bieszczady Railway –  part 2
  • Video – Snowplough on the Bieszczady Railway –  part 3
  • Video – Snowplough on the Bieszczady Railway –  part 4

Px48-1907 steams again!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Px48-1907 in ex-works condition at Nowy Dwor Gdanski, 25.5.2010.
From a photo by Feyg.

(Click on image to go to the Zulawska Kolej Dojazdowa thread on the Wolne Forum Gdansk to see more pictures of Px48-1907 by Feyg.)

The last time I saw Px48-1907 (in 1999 or thereabouts) the engine was behind a high wire fence in a coal yard in Sompolno – the central depot of the erstwhile Kujawy Railways. Sompolno was still a junction and judging by the shape of the undergrowth occasional trains still pushed their way through the jungle up the line to Piotrkow Kujawski.

At the time there was a proposal by one of the local authorities to take over the central section of the Kujawy Railways and run it in the manner of the Gniezno and Krosniewice sections, but the local authorities could not agree about local tax liabilities and nothing happened. Then scrap thieves reduced Sompolno Depot to a hollow shell, PKP lifted the line to Piotrkow Kujawki and Px48-1907 became a ‘Wild West’ exhibit in a restaurant in Chlapowo.

Px49-1907 was built in Chrzanow in 1955 and during the next 50 years seems to have worked on many of the 750 mm gauge narrow gauge railways featured on BTWT. It was based at times in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Krosniewice, Elk, Sompolno, and Sroda Wielkopolska. At the end of 2007 it arrived at the works of PUP Interlok Spolka z o.o. Here it vanished for three years and many Polish railway enthusiasts imagined that the next time the engine would be seen it would probably be in Germany, Holland or Switzerland…

However, on 19 May this year the engine appeared on a flat wagon at Nowy Dwor Gdanski on the Zulawy Railway and on 25 May was steamed and cautiously run around the yard. The events were gloriously recorded by Feyg whose photographs of both events can be enjoyed by clicking on the header photograph.

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Zulawy memories

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Train turning on the triangle at Malbork-Kałdowo Waske in 1991
Photo ©Stefan Motz

(Click above to view this picture in a larger format and see the rest of Stefan Motz’s photo essay about a journey from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki to Malbork in 1991.)

After yesterday’s lapse in standards, today’s picture brings us back to the Polish narrow gauge. Stefan Morz recently posted a wonderful description of tracking a train on the Nowy Dwor Gdanski to Malbork section of the Zulawy Narrow Gauge Railway in June 1991. For those who are not fluent in German, here his story in an English translation courtesy of Google translate.

Sadly this section of line no longer exists. It was closed by an unimaginative local authority several years ago to make way for road widening. Happily some of the Zulawy system still lives on rescued from oblivion and operated by the Pomeranian Railway Enthusiasts Society.