Posts Tagged ‘Ty42’

More engines for Pyskowice

Monday, 14 April 2008

Ty2-1292, Ty42-24, TKp 15347 at Lazy awaiting departure 5.4.2008

The Jakubina brothers have successfully moved three more locomotives to their steam centre at Pyskowice. The locos. a Ty2, Ty42 and TKp had been stored in the open at Lazy for over 30 years. By creating ‘facts on the ground’ the brothers are hoping to strengthen their negotiating position vis-a-vis PKP Property regarding the future of the steam centre at Pyskowice. In December last year, Pawel Olczyk, the director of the PKP Property Company had his local director in Katowice petition the Katowice Province’s Curator of Heritage for permission to demolish the roundhouse at Pyskowice. The roundhouse was damaged in the winter of 2006/2007 when part of the roof collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow.

The Pyskowice Steam Centre is an interesting and worthwhile ‘living museum’ and its lack of long-term security is typical of much of Poland’s preserved railways and museums. One of the key problems is that the Jakubina brothers have been unable to secure the support of the Pyskowice Town Council. (Compare the similar situation at Krosniewice.) There are a number of overseas locomotive owners who keep their locomotives on the site. The key to resolving the problem would seem to be for the brothers to recruit their overseas ‘tenants’ (one of them Rik de Gruyter is the treasurer of Fedecrail) to join the committee that administers the site and to utilise their expertise in the negotiations that still remain to be concluded.

(Warning. Clicking on the picture above leads to more pictures of the Lazy engines and some commentary in Polish. Clicking on the picture below leads to some short You Tube videos of the move.)

You Tube Videos

Poles Scrap Steam Engines

Thursday, 20 March 2008


The death of Ty42-59, Wolsztyn, 19 March, 2000

Rarely does a web site make me sad and mad at the same time. This encyclopaedic photo gallery with photos by Jacek Raczkowski, Pawel Korcz, Tomislaw Czarnecki, and Artur Szymanski shows some of the steam engines that were scrapped at the very end of the 1990s and well into the 21 century in various locations in Poland. Particularly ironic is this Ty42 being cut up at Wolsztyn. It seems that every time they have a steam parade there, the local PKP Cargo management look at any ‘spare’ steam engines and order a ‘tidy up’, “Just get out the oxy-acetylene and cut down that pile of scrap.” The result is that virtually no steam engines have survived at Wolsztyn that were actually based there in the days when steam was the basic motive power in Poland. It’s crazy that, at a time when every country in Europe is promoting its industrial heritage, some Poles can be so short sighted.