Whilst in Poland , it was possible to visit a couple of standard gauge roundhouse museum's , and although not narrow gauge , i have chosen to add these pictures to the site. If you click on the picture to the left, it will take you to the page which contains over 700 photo's , enjoy !
The only narrow gauge steam that we saw on our first visit to Poland was the plinthed PX48 1754 at the railway museum at Jaworzynie Slaska. On a 2nd visit to the museum in february 2012 , the loco had gone and was not seen anywhere on site .
Stare Bonjanowo, a failed day out ! Having already printed off the train times and connections to get from Wroclaw to ride on the Smigel railway , http://www.thedieselshop.us/DataC30-7.HTMLhttp://www.skpl.kalisz.pl/main.shtml , we set off on the last full day of our stay in Poland. Having only a very , very small knowledge of the Polish rail network, and finding no available map , we followed the instructions as printed out from the timetable on the internet , which included one change of train at Koscian . We arrived at Koscian ,thinking we had to go forward about 1 station on a stopping train, not knowing that we actualy needed to go back one station and with no knowledge of the Polish language , we showed where we wanted to go to a number of guards and got told we had to go back to Leszno. Returning to Leszno, we had to wait about 3 hours to get a train and on arrival at Stare Bonjanowo walked down the platform to the waiting narrow gauge unit , only to see it pull out of the station just as we aproached it !! As this was listed as the last return service of the day, we set off and walked along the line to find the first station out , only to discover that during school holidays, there was no return service !! Looking back, it was probably a good job that we did miss the train, as if we had, we would have been stuck at the end of the line at Smigel, with no way of getting back to the main line station, or for that matter back to Wroclaw for our flight home the following day. About a month after our visit the line closed, and at the time of writing[august 2012 ], there are only special trains run on the line .
After spending so long away from railways, due to the "pop " being off the road and my own health , it was brilliant to get out and about again with a trip to Poland in february 2012. We visited Pleszew , to ride on the dual gauged Pleszew Wask to Pleszew Miasto line, which was supposed to be running a couple of trains a day. Sadly, our Polish narrow gauge jinx struck again, as when we visited the line had not been used for a few weeks and the only way to see the line and the resident plinthed PX48 was to walk the line, in the snow and minus 20 degree's temperature ! At least there was a great hotdog stall at the end of the line.
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