Scheduled steam services set to return to Polish main line

REGULAR scheduled steam-operated passenger trains returned to the main line in Poland on
May 15 after a three-year gap.

Services now operate six days a week – with no scheduled steam services on Sunday – although the working steam locos at Wolsztyn often operate special charter services at weekends.

One of the two locos now in use from Wolsztyn PKP 2-6-2 No. Ol49-59 at Trzebież Szczecinński, north of Szczecin, with a charter train on August 3, 2013. KEITH FENDER

Currently, two locomotives are available, both dating from the early 1950s; 2-6-2 No. Ol49-59 and 2-8-2 No. Pt47-65.

On weekdays, two round trips operate from Wolsztyn to Leszno (06.25 /14.55 from Wolsztyn and 07.50 /17.05 from Leszno).

On Saturdays the steam services operate between Wolsztyn and the major city of Poznań (on the Berlin to Warsaw mainline); 05.48 /15.50 from Wolsztyn and 09.05/19.05 from Poznań.

From mid-July to mid-August services will be from Wolsztyn, north to Zbąszynek, instead of to Leszno or Poznań because of track work. Three train pairs depart from Wolsztyn at 06.24/11.28 and 15.35, Monday to Saturday.

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