Ol49-61 after arriving at Dzierzoniow. Photo: John Savery
Ol49-61 now has a new home. After many years languishing in Elk, the loco has now moved south, albeit on the back of a low loader.
Its new home from 8 February is Dzierzoniow, in Dolny Śląsk, at the former locomotive depot. The former depot is to become an outpost of Muzeum Techniki i Przemysłu, which is based in Jaworzyna Śląsk.
Ol49-61 being readied for unloading. Photo: John Savery
The Ol49 joins TKt48-72, which was formerly at Jarocin. Both locomotives were purchased at the PKP Nieruchomosci tender in 2014, along with a number of other vehicles, including Ol49-102 and Ol49-9.
The state of the loco’s meant a road move was preferable. Given that the loading gauge on Poland’s roads is less than the rail loading gauge, the highest parts had to be removed for the trip, and were carried on the bed of the low loader.
Items that put the load out of gauge for the Polish road system were taken off prior to the move. Photo: John Savery
Ol49-9 has also made the move in the past few days, with Ol49-102 expected to follow shortly.