Vintage trains to return to Polish routes 13.03.2017 07:17 Local government authorities in Małopolska, southern Poland, have announced that they will finance 42 vintage train journeys this year, as part of a programme to attract tourists to the region.
This year’s edition of the “Tourist railway routes in Małopolska” project will run from April to December 2017. Last year a similar project was deemed a success, with all tickets for train journeys sold out.
The journeys will take place along scenic routes in Małopolska including a 70 km fragment of the former Galician Transversal Railway, which dates back to more than 130 years.
Historical locomotives and carriages from the years 1920-1963 will be used. In addition, numerous activities have been planned for the journeys, including visits to local tourist attractions, picnics, musical performances and historical re-enactments.
Local government will contribute PLN 400,000 (EUR 92,000) to the project, which is expected to cover two-thirds of the cost. Ticket sales will account for the remaining third.
The regular steam railway connection between Wolsztyn and Leszno has been revived after many years.
The Wolsztyn Steam Depot is without doubt one of the most unique places for rail buffs in Europe, if not the world. Incredibly preserved and restored over recent decades, the depot was built between 1896 and 1905 and includes an impressive station hall, roundhouse and water tower, plus an amazing amount of technical and rescue equipment in its original condition from over 100 years ago, which still works faultlessly today. The pride of the extensive collection of historic rolling stock is ‘Piękna Helena’ (Beautiful Helena) - a 1937 Pm36-2 locomotive, and the fastest Polish steam train ever put on the rails (winning a gold medal at the International Fair in Paris). The depot also includes dozens of museum exhibits on regional and European railway history inside the roundhouse, workshops, former employee locker rooms, special exhibition halls and various train carriages. As the depot is to some extent an open-air museum, a visit is possible at any time, but we list opening hours below during which you can be sure to see all interior exhibits. If you’re looking to spend the night in Wolsztyn, you can do it right here in the original roundhouse dormitory, where come morning you’ll be awoken by the unmistakable sound of the steam whistle.