Posts Tagged ‘Marek Wozniak’


Thursday, 12 June 2008

‘Wolsztyn puffers may return’
(Click on pic for Radio Merkury POLISH webpage)

Poznan local radio station Radio Merkury has devoted considerable airtime to investigating the suspension of steam services from Wolsztyn. For members of BTWT’s Polish class, the recorded interviews are available on-line. (Just click on the picture above and then click on the individual links.)

Radio Merkury teases out its story till the bottom of the page. The final paragraph states –

There is, however, a spark of hope for all those who care about the future of Wolsztyn, Poznan and Wielkopolska province. Jerzy Kriger, the Director of Transport of the provincial government, told Radio Merkury that Marek Wozniak, the Chief Executive of Wielkopolska province has ordered him to hold an urgent meeting with PKP officials with a view to finding whether an solution could be reached which would allow steam locomotives to return to the Wolsztyn – Poznan route.

The whole sorry saga goes to show that the Wolsztyn MPD and its scheduled steam trains is too important a matter to be left to the whim of local PKP, or local authority, officials. The steam depot at Wolsztyn is a national resource worthy of world heritage status. We believe that it should be administered by a national charitable trust independent of PKP or Wielkopolska province, and have binding long-term agreements with all stakeholders such that embarrassing incidents of this sort do not occur again.


Thursday, 12 June 2008

Marek Wozniak, Chief Executive of Wielkopolska

Following the shock 4 month suspension of steam haulage of the Wolsztyn – Poznan services from 1 June, the Wolsztyn – Leszno steam-hauled train is now officially due to be cease on Monday 16 June. A storm of protest has hit the office of the Chief Executive of Wielkopolska province. (Note that he is quaintly called the ‘Marshal of Wielkopolska Region’ on the English version of the authority’s website.) Howard Jones is still hopeful that a deal can still be swung to save the Leszno service. Local authority officials are sounding him out as to whether he would be willing to fund the difference between steam and diesel haulage that they are being charged by PKP. So much for a ‘fire risk’ that conveniently disappears when money is being talked about! Howard is already paying PKP Cargo the difference between steam and diesel haulage, so it looks as if Cargo have been charging for steam haulage twice, sending bills to Howard and the local authority.

This sad story seems to be a typical case that when something is operating well in Poland, some stupid official has to come up with a way of ruining it. Howard has been providing the income stream that has kept Wolsztyn Depot open for 11 years as Europe’s last motive power depot servicing steam locomotives that work regular service trains. Wolsztyn’s visitors have spent millions of euros in the region! Howard should be feted by the Polish authorities and PKP for his achievements and they should have the courtesy to discuss any changes in arrangements with him well in advance.


The meeting that we originally reported as taking place between Howard Jones and Ministry of Infrastructure officials in Warsaw, in fact took place in Poznan between Howard and the Deputy Transport Director of Wielkopolska province. Our thanks to WE for pointing this out. The original article has been corrected.

Useful links:

Wolsztyn Experienceofficial website

Wielkopolska provincethe office of the Chief Executive