Experiencing Wolsztyn

Author/Source: 

Bob Avery

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With all mainline steam in the UK effectively grounded, read this and dream - the earth really will move for you! Bob Avery reports: "Imagine Steamtown at Carnforth being contracted daily to provide a couple of steam locos for Cumbrian Coast passenger turns. Improbable? Definitely! But that’s what's happened on an (almost) daily basis at the Polish town of Wolsztyn on a fairly regular basis since 1996. Weekday commuter trains from Wolsztyn to Leszno, Saturday runs to Poznan are the norm. In addition, there are occasional longer distance special workings. These sometimes involve two trains leap-frogging each other on single lines, and just recently on 24th June, parallel running on the Warsaw-Berlin main line near Zbaszyn. Normal locos are OL-49 2-6-2s, a versatile mixed traffic type, though some other classes are serviceable at Wolsztyn depot. You can even DRIVE the trains – under supervision of course! See www.thewolsztynexperience.org for details. (Note: we understand there will be no steam operation during the month of August 2018)". More to follow ...

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