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Visit Report. John Miller reporting. Monday 4/6/2012. Jelenia Gora. This sub shed in the Wroclaw division is alive and well and contained some 30 items including some ET22s and ET41-153. The latter appeared to have been in store for sometime and in a similar down at heel condition was SP42-001 which may be set aside for preservation. TKt48-158 remains as depot plinth.

Wroclaw Brochow. The majority allocation at this large depot continues to be ET21 and SM42. Of the latter SM42-1280 was one of the latest rebuilt examples and was basking in the evening sunshine showing its blue and lime green livery to good advantage. This livery for PKP Cargo is spreading rapidly.

Wroclaw Glowny. The main passenger depot has a alarge EN57 emu allocation and on the loco front has mainly EP07 in the rebuilt 10xx range including 1057 in its “BR” blur livery. A surprise was to find Freightliner Poland 66003/4 under repair -presumably the freight shed would not have them! Pt47-94 remains plinthed next to the emu shed.

Tuesday 5/6/2012. Opole. This is another large depot where something of everything can still be seen with just over forty items present. 3xET42 were here with ET4205 recently overhauled and in the new cargo livery. So it would seem they are slowly coming out of store and returning to service. TKt48-127 remains plinthed at the station.

Kedzierzyn Koz. This smaller depot still provides variety albeit in small numbers with types present being SM31, SM42, SU42, ST44, ET41, ET42 together with CD 181 009 and M62 1200. At the far end of the yard Ty45-6 remains dumped – it has been here at least 15 years in such state.

Kotlarnia PMP. This private concern relies on its TEM2 to move its traffic. TEM2-043/93 were noted. Plinthed near the level crossing a short distance from the head office were Ty2-2118, Ty45-2560 and Ty51-138. Rybnik. Always plenty to see here and this day had 17 ET22, 8 ET41, 7 ET42 (further evidence of a return to traffic), 4 SM31, 11 SM42, 4 ST44 two of which (ST44-355/489) are among the ever diminishing unmodified examples. Czechowice Dziedzice. ET21-386 and ET42-038 stood out from the more common ET22/ET41 here. Modernised ST45-01/5 were also here.

Wednesday 6/6/2012. Oswiecim. Rail Polska. This was a first visit to this private operator located in the eastern outskirts of the town. Ed Burkhardt’s hand is noticeable in the Wisconsin Central livery (Rail Polska is owned by Rail World based in Chicago). Many of the 26 locos present were M62s. Locos such as M62 1300 retain their former EVR identification but others have been modernised and taken new M62M numbers rather than retain their old EVR 11xx numbers.

There were some former EVR 2M62s present but 2M62-1246/66 both had their “B” ends dumped. Former ZSR electric locos of classes 140 and 183 were also to be found. Many of the M62s were in immaculate condition and a credit to the company.

Sosnowiec Maczki Bor (CTL). This open access operator has its headquarters here but the locos work over a wide area of Poland and what a bunch. ET05R-002/8 were ex ZSR 121s whilst ET21-015/108 were ex Sandbahn and PKP. ST44R-03 was ex CD as were 182 081/156. Most of the diesel present were former Sandbahn locos.

Sosnowiec Jezor (DB Schenker Rail Poland ex PCC). This company operates out of the old Sandbahn premises and always produces a good variety of locomotives. On this day amongst those present were 3E1/009/051 (former Sandbahn ET21s), 5 SM42, 2 S200, 2 T448p, 4 TEM2, 2 311D, 182 153, 4 232s (East West Railway) and comparatively new arrivals former EWS 66146/63/80/89.

Jaworzno. This depot was well filled with the usual types but a fair number of SM42s were stored. A surprise visitor was EU06-10 one of the few left in traffic and soon to be withdrawn. ET22-477 sold some time ago to CTL was also present. Lazy. 35 items here including two ASFs. Three ST44s present recalled how widespread this class once was. Additionally Ty45-421 is still plinthed opposite the main entrance to the depot.

Tarnowskie Gory. This railway centre was once the hub for freight trains in Silesia and still retains some of its importance. The depot was stacked out although considerable numbers were stored mainly ET22s but also 13 ET40. As none of the latter remain in the nearby yard it is possible some scrapping may have taken place although some are stored in the yard at Zyglin some 5 km to the north.

Two ET42 were in use with this more modern class obviously being returned to service instead of the much older ET40. Four ASFs were also present. Ty45-217 is still plinthed whilst nearby stabled were 181 077 and 183 032.

Thursday 7/6/2012. Pyskowice. Tp4-217 is still plinthed near the former Sandbahn depot. Since the partial collapse some time ago of the museum roundhouse some stock is thought to have moved elsewhere but some locos are still present is a partly fenced compound further down the yard. Here were Ol49-15/90, Ty2-1292/3458, Ty42-44, Ty45-158, TKt48-29, TKp-2261/4409, TKh4-5380, 409Da-436 and SM40-10 with a small number of unidentifiable locos (mostly 2-10-0s). The only believed runner is Pt47-50 was locked inside a small straight shed. Gliwice. The dept here has now been completely abandoned. Bytom (NG). Out in the yard were Lxd2 diesels and an 0-10-0T numbered 1895.

Czestochowa. Ol49-20 is still plinthed adjacent to the depot whilst recently cosmetically restored TKt48-151 is at the station. Lodz. The depot here is another with a fair quantity of stored locos again mostly ET22/ST42. Amongst other locos present was ST44-2023 a former broad gauge loco not renumbered now it is running on standard gauge lines.

Rogow (NG). Present here were Px48-1788/1911 and no less than nine diesels. Passing on the main line was former DR 120 027! Zdunska Wola. How times have changed. This depot was once a key place on the south to north coal artery alas no more. Stored at the former depot were ET41-071 plus 14 ET42s with possibly some more locked up in various buildings. Private SP1200P-026 was also present.

The museum collection is now somewhat depleted and comprised the following: TKp-20, TKh40-27, TKb10, Ol49-79, Ty43-74, Ty45-39, Ty246-22, Tr21-53, Pt47-93, ET21-01, SM30-039, SM41-175 and railcar SN61-548.

Friday 8/6/2012. Skarzysko Kamienna. The diesel depot at the station is now abandoned with any still serviceable locos at the electric depot. Pt47-13 is now plinthed at the station having been once at Bielsko Biala and latterly stored in Krakow. The electric depot continues to host many ET22/ET41 including two store lines of mainly the former. 20 SM42s confirmed their presence here although more unusually EU06-01 was present perhaps on its farewell tour!

Kielce. This former depot is now just a minor stabling point mustering 4 ET22 and 2 SM42. Sedziszow. The yards on the LHS broad gauge line produced ST40-01/02/04/14 these being modernised ST44s together with some original ones ST44-2039/59/62. The sub shed contained SM32-001. Ty51-15 is still plinthed at the PKP station.

Saturday 9/6/2012. A non railway day.

Sunday 10/6/2012. Krakow Pleszow. The PKP presence here is now minimal with only a few dmus present in the straight shed. Part of the roundhouse is home to open access locos of which SM42-2303/66/2582 were present. The frame of SM15-007 was nearby and a safari trip into the bushes found TKt48-167 and Ty51-9 but no trace of TKw2-57 and Pt47-101. Krakow Prockocim. No less than 45 class EP/EU07 were present but a fair number were out of traffic. Further down the yard beyond the wagon works 14 ET22s, 9 ET41s and SM31-167 were stored.

Chabowka Museum. The contents were mainly as listed in the LCGB booklet save that Ty37-17 has arrived from Jarworzyna Slaska.. (Chabowka now does repairs in place of Gniezno which has closed).

Nowy Sacz. 33 items were at the depot which was a little busier than previous visits, doubtless as a result of the demise of Walbrych. Withdrawn EU06-018/20 were present but it was pleasing to see some ET21s still at work in their traditional area with ET21-270/272/375/430/548 being noted. ST43-380 was ex-works.

Monday 11/06/2012. Nowy Sacz Works. The facilities here have been upgraded in the past couple of years with the latest addition being a very large hall which will deal with commissioning of new multiple units. The main workload continues to revolve around the rebuilding of 130 SM42s of which by this date about 85 had been completed. Deblica. The depot here has been reduced to a stabling point some time ago but about 30 ET22s are stored here.

Tarnow. About 55 items here with about half of them out of use once again largely ET22s interspersed with SM42s and a small number of ET41s. Zurawica. This eastern outpost was more populated than on previous visits but here also a fair proportion was stored with a cross selection of SM42, ST43 and even SM48s.

Tuesday 12/06/2012. Stalowa Wola. Whilst Ty2-16 is still plinthed adjacent to the station the depot appears to be on the way out the only occupant being SM42-1052 and SU45-213. Zamosc. The PKP depot is completely abandoned in contrast to the LHS facility which remains busy. In addition to the usual crop of ST44s were 3 ST40s, SM39-765 (pilot) and SM48-002/73.

Chelm. Ol49-34 recently repainted has been moved closer to the current depot. In addition to the expected SM48s at the depot a store line opposite contained about 6 more plus SP32-148. Lublin. Pt47-157 is still plinthed at the depot which itself shows signs of being rundown with almost half the SM42s here being stored. 5 diesel shunters and 4 main line diesels and a handful of new units made up the compliment whilst ET41-100 arrived in the inspection shed.

Lukow. Another location past its prime as the only loco here was SU42-503 other wise a few EN57 emus.

Malaszewiecze Duze. The main depot in this area supplies power for the surviving large yards and border interchange sidings. SM48s continue to be the main type with 19 of them present. Refurbished EU07s 1502/18 were looking smart otherwise the usual collection of ET22/SM42 some of which were stored

Wednesday 12/06/2012. Czeremcha. This eastern outpost manages to survive and services locomotives out based from Bialystok which amounts to a handful of SM42s and the odd ST44. A very respectable ST44-172 was receiving attention whilst at the other end of the scale SU45s 027/30/60 were all in a woebegone condition awaiting their fate. About two thirds of the SM42s were in fact stored together with SM03-204 and SM30-091/288. Tp4-148 is still plinthed.

Elk. The narrow gauge premises held Px48-1752, 5 Lyd1, Ls40-4108, Mbxd 220 plus some trailers. Adjacent standard gauge locos were Ol49-11, Ty2-1285, SM39-002 and SM42-002. The standard gauge shed is now completely abandoned with seemingly its now homeless former residents dumped in the yard viz: Ok1-258/266, Ol49-9/61/80/102 and Ty2-1258. Stabled in and around the station were EP07-1029, SM42-819, ST44-933 and a couple of units whilst ex-works SU46-004 passed by on a lengthy freight.

Olsztyn. The facility here is now in two parts with the regional facility dealing with local area units and SU42s being located further down the yard. The straight shed looks after everything else for the freight sector with examples of EU07, ET22, SM30, SM42, ST44, ST45, SU46 and SM48 present. The old roundhouse is completely abandoned whilst the wagon works behind it had SM30-080 in use.

Thursday 13/06/2012. Ilowo. Ty45-205 is still plinthed by the level crossing at the station. Mlawa Wask. The narrow gauge depot presented a scene of total dereliction it being clear that nothing had moved for a long time. Outside were Px48-1758/84 plus 4 Lyd2s. SM03-126 was also here causing one to wonder whether PKP were still looking for it! Inside the shed was Lyd2-321 the only thing in reasonable condition.

Warszawa Glowny Museum. The contents were as the LCGB booklet. (Although Pu29-1 is supposed to have moved to here – Ed). Warszawa Odolany. About 70 items were here including the usual crop of stored SM42s some of which were found at the former coaling plant which remains extant. The nearby Freightliner Poland facility held 66602 (former 66624).

Warszawa Olszynka. Amongst the expected EP/EU07 and EP09s were a fair number of the former in the 400/500 number range which were stored out in the yards together with 7 SU45s plus 189 451/2/8 which more disturbingly appeared to be searching for work.

Friday 15/06/2012. Grodzisk Maz. The days of the EN94 units are drawing to a close with a small number already laid up. In addition to the one off EN95-01, EN97s up to 006 were in service with more to follow. Kutno. The depot here is abandoned with stabling taking place in the yards. Any maintenance is now carried out in the wagon shop further along the line.

Rzepin. Ty51-37 is still plinthed at the station whilst in the depot area were several SU45s, plus SU42-522 and SM42-108 and 5 EN57 units. Nearby in and around the yards were private locos 182 001, 186 128/141, TEM2-094, 3E55 and 232 189. In summary, the recession continues to bite with many depots having store lines particularly affecting E&22s and SM42s. There are just too many of them for the traffic now on offer given the recession and the encroachment of open access operators. The run down/closure of depots is gaining pace with more locos being seen at fewer locations.

Preservation update. Supplementing information in the above report, PKP has been moving locomotives around following depot and workshop closures. The following have come to light Jarocin: TKi3-87, TKt48-77, TKh-5376; Kolno: Ty-243; Skierniewice: Ty23-273; Sosnowiec: TKh-3145, Ty51-133; Gryfice: Px48-3913 (back from Germany!); Cisna: Kp4-3772 in use; Krosnowice: Px48-1907; Bialowieza: TKh-2191, TKt48-138, TKp-26188; Gniezno: Ol49-32 scrapped; Leszno: Ol49-23/59/69, Ty3-2 (ex Gniezno); Zabrze: DB Schenker Offices Ty2-5680; Pila Interlok Workshops: Px48-3906 (returned from Germany). Wieliczka: TKp-2816.

Visit Report: Howard Forster Wednesday 09/06/10.
Wolsztyn : The following locomotives were present; Ok1-322/59, Ok22-31, Ol49-7/59 with 81/5 derelict, Pm36-2, Pt47-106, Tr5-65, Ty1-76, Ty2-406/1298, Ty5-10, Ty42-148 derelict, Ty43-92/123, Ty45-379 derelict, Ty51-183/223, TKt48-143/7. PR SU42-536 was on stock in the station. Czerwiensk. CTL Logistics ET21-17 was parked in the yard.

The depot, which is now being used for wagon repairs, in the evening, was deserted and guarded by a single watchman. TKt-6 remains plinthed, four ET 22s, two SM30s, four SM42s, nine ST43s and two SU45s were recorded.ASF 18548/87 & SM03-181 derelict, were also present.

Thursday 10/06/10, Miedzyrzecz. In a siding north of Zielona Gora, a sand train was being unloaded. At its head were Pol-Miedz Trans M62-1793 & TEM2-033.

Friday 11/06/10, Szczecin Glowny, TKt48-29 was plinthed by the roundhouse.
Szczecin Port Centralny. We were made most welcome and given cakes and coffee before a guided tour of the depot. 44 ET22s were present, of which half were stored. [ET22 Photo Howard Forster] Four SM03s, one SM30, four SM31s and 26 SM42s made up the serviceable fleet, although several of the SM42s looked to be oou. Ten derelict SP42s and preserved SN61-189 were noted. Depot shunters were ASF cmue1/3, acc 9208 was oou. CTL Logistics 182.074/5 were parked adjacent to the main line.

[Photo 162.075 Chris Campbell]

Gryfice The museum [Photo Howard Forster] was open and looked well kept. The steam locos present were as listed in the LCGB book except for Tya6-3326 and Tyb6-3406, which were at Sochaczew, and Px48-3916 which was missing. Other exhibits at the museum were Lxd2-462, Dm308 standard gauge 4w inspection car, MBxd1-348 and derelict MBxd1-344/58/9. In the small shed next to the works was Lxd2-478, while another defied identification in the works. At the new shed were Lxd2-471/2/9 and MBxd2-310.

Koscierzyna. After the closure in 2009, it was a relief to find that the museum was again open for business, and with refreshments for sale. There were only a few variations from the LCGB list. Neither SM03-136/200 were seen, although there was an unidentified Fablok 4w DM which was probably one of them. Ol49-71 had arrived from Gdynia Grabowek and funicular car PKL 2 was on site.

Kartuzy, Ty2-14 was plinthed opposite the station. Gdansk Port yards. A trip by road around the yards yielded four ET22s, seven SM42s (four privately owned), one ST44 and CTL Logistics 182.048/55. Saturday 12/06/10,

Tczew. Oi2-29 was plinthed by the roundhouse, while Ty2-1140 and TKt48-170 formerly at Chojnice, were dumped at the end of the shed yard. Also present were 26 ET22s, one SM30, 25 SM42s, [Photo Chris Campbell] 12 ST44s, two derelict SU46s and one damaged derelict EU07. Although staffed, the depot had a manned gatehouse and a security guard in the depot.

Zoledowo is on route 5 north of Bydgoszcz. In the car park of the Dakota Hotel is an unidentified TKt48 minus its side tanks.

Bydgoszcz Glowna Still dumped in the rapidly enveloping undergrowth by the turntable, was Ty42-149. Plinthed by the roundhouse was TKp1-46, on which the security guard wanted to give us a guided tour. Awaiting entry to Pesa Works were DB 232.122/35/416/567.

In the station was an exhibition of motive power and civil engineers equipment. On show were: PKP IC EP07-401 (two-tone green), EP07-242 (all over blue), EU07-092 (current IC), EP07-351 (current IC), (PKP) PR EP07-1052 (red & cream), 189-457 (black) on lease from MRCE Dispolok, PKP Cargo ET22-1088 (blue), ST44-1218 (blue), ST45-01 (blue) [Photo Chris Campbell] and LOTOS Kolej E186.137 (grey with blue vertical broad band) on lease from Railpool.

In Poland the UIC numbering system is becoming more difficult to comprehend, it was bad enough the EU43s having UIC numbers one digit lower than the PKP number, ST45-01 has a UIC number two digits higher, 92 51 3 630 103-1.
Bydgoszcz Wschod. Both the gateman and the depot staff were more interested in watching the World Cup on TV than on our visit, so we had freedom of the depot. TKt48-146 was passed on the way in. Locos present were one SM03, six SM30s, 18 SM42s, six ST44s, seven SU45s of which five were stored, 54 ET22s and M62M 003 belonging to Rail Polska [Photo Chris Campbell]. ET41-117 with two different bodies, (plain & ribbed), put in appearance just as we were departing.

Znin. Px38-805 LEON, was in the straight shed. Lyd2-64/70 were in service, another Lyd2 in undercoat could not be identified. Wenecja. The steam locomotives at this well laid out museum were as listed in the LCGB book. Two of the industrials, Tb-531 & ZPC 6 carried PKP plates. On the 0-4-0 diesels, the numbers were WLs50-834 & WLs50-1434. Inowroclaw TKt48-116 was plinthed beside the depot opposite the station.

Sunday 13/06/10, Sochaczew Plinthed outside the mainline station was T-1685. Lxd2-342 was on a passenger train from the museum. ZPC Klemensow 1 0-4-0WT, was plinthed at the entrance to the museum. The site is in two parts, in the well laid out museum, all of the locomotives are in the open air: in a separate totally enclosed area are the shed and works, to which access was refused for the only time on the trip, (as had happened to another LCGB member in the past). There was little variation on the locos displayed in the museum area from those listed in the LCGB book, Px48-1739/55 &Tx4-1315 had been removed.

Additions to the collection were: Tya6-3326 from Gryfice, Px49-1796 from Piotrkow Trybunalski & CK 16 from Jelenia Gora. Kp4-3760 had been taken from the active list and was a static exhibit. Visible from the outside, in the shed and works area were: Px29-1704 ready for use, Tyb6-3406 from Gryfice, MBd1-130 and the four derelicts, Tyb1-1211 & ZPC 2/5/9.

Warsaw Odolany. This depot was spotless inside; in and around the shed were 19 ET22s, one PR EU07, one EP07, EP05-16, one SM30, 24 SM42s and three SM48s. There was still a dump of diesels by the coaling plant, which was not visited.

Warsaw Technical School. The site has been sold and is being redeveloped as a housing complex. Both locos have been removed.

Warsaw Glowny Museum. The exhibits were as listed in the LCGB book except for the ng 0-4-0 DM which was not seen.(It should be inside the buildings - Ed). An addition was a Bo-Bo snowplough, which had been converted from an electric loco, and carried two numbers, 4149-01 and 591944XU. Although the exhibits were being cosmetically maintained, close inspection revealed that parts of some of the locos were rusted through.

When you look at the surrounding area and see the encroaching multi storey commercial developments that have been recently erected, it is not difficult to see why the PKP are anxious to sell the large disused prime site, on which the museum occupies only a small portion, and raise a considerable amount of capital. Perhaps relocation to Wroclaw Swiebodzki Station might be a possible idea?

Warsaw Grochow Depot. E 401 was plinthed and as well as the emus, three EU07s were stabled attached to sets.

Warsaw Olszynka Depot. There was a good selection of electric classes present. EP05-23, 18 EP/EU07 in service, two EP08, two EP09, EU44s 183.602/3/4,370.007/8, two SM42s & (PKP) PR 189.454. Five EU07s together with SU45.101 were stored. The PKP EU44s are in two batches 183-601-6 & 370-007-10, the former carrying UIC numbers e.g. 91.80.6183 603-0 D STSLM and the latter 91 51 5 370 008-1 PL PKPC 1251. The four digit 1251 was noted on several PKP IC locos and 2151 was seen on those belonging to PKP Cargo.

Warsaw Praga Standage, was located at the end of the yard nearest to the station, four EU07s & three ET22s were present.

Monday 14/06/10, Skierniewice Museum The site was locked up. Okl27-10 was plinthed at the entrance. From the outside could be seen, Ol49-4, Ty51-1 and "Pd5-17" which had formerly been at Warsaw Technical School.

Rogow, Px48-1783/1911 & 10 0-4-0WT, were all oou in the depot yard. 13 diesels were also present & MBxd1-203, which had formerly been at Piotrkow Trybunalski.

Koluszki. There was no trace of Px49-1799 neither on Ul Mickiewiecza, nor in the area around the station where M62-2987 Rail Polska was stabled.

Lodz Olochow Depot, Pt47-1 was plinthed by the office building. Due to the pouring rain, a potential visit was called off.

Lodz Radegast - Jewish Holocaust Memorial. 52.6340 was at the head of a train of wagons in the station.

Zdunska Wola Museum. At the entrance to the depot, the security guard indicated that the entrance was further along the road. The gate was open but the site was deserted. Three industrial tank locos were in very good external condition, but as you walked among the other exhibits there was a deterioration in their condition, with some in urgent need of a coat of paint. All of those listed in the LCGB book were present, with the addition of SM03-41. Adjacent to the museum site was a two road shed which contained SM42-455 & M62M-009 belonging to Rail Polska.

Karsznice Depot, is no longer operational, though parts were still being utilised A few men were working on components in the repair shop. The last two roads on the east side appeared to be in use for servicing the shunting locos and visitors from the yards which were still open. All of the remaining members of class ET42 [Photo Howard Forster] appeared to be in store. It was not possible to log all of them, as the security guard caught up with us after 36 had been recorded, and asked us to leave as the depot was closed. One SM30 and three SM42s were in service. Apparently, he was responsible for both sites and had been to lock the museum gate at 4:00pm, and on seeing our car but no sign of us in the museum, had come looking for us. Px48-1723 was plinthed by the side of the road between Zdunska Wola Karsznice Station and Zdunska Wola town.

Kepno, TKt48-130 was plinthed on the station platform. Tuesday 15/06/10,

Wroclaw Glowny Depot: Pt47-20 was plinthed. Wroclaw Swiebodzki Station: Ty2-22. A broken down lorry on the southern exit caused us to lose 2¼ hours as the city was gridlocked. On passing it eventually, no attempt was being made to remove it.

Walbrzych: TKt48-119 was plinthed by the turntable. Although the offices were still staffed, it looked as if the depot was almost closed. There were no PKP Cargo signs at the entrance, the straight maintenance shed was padlocked, and the roundhouse with empty workers lockers, was virtually abandoned. Apart from three men sitting smoking near the stored locos and a lady cutting the grass, no other manual workers were seen. A handful of parked locos in the yard included ET21-350; a further nine others were stored together with seven ST43s.Two SM42s were in service and ASF 17742/82 looked to be redundant.

Jaworzyna Slaska Museum. Locos present were mainly as listed in the LCGB book. Tr5-65 was at Wolsztyn, ASF 17742 was at Walbrych & TKt48-18 was active elsewhere. SM30-531 may have been Ls300-1060, and an addition was 4w DM? Deutz 33124. Ty5-16 was inside the shed, but little work had been carried out on it; ET22-121 was being repainted.

Wednesday 16/06/10, Zbaszynek. Px48-1923 in pristine condition, was plinthed opposite the Culture Centre. At the station Tp3-36 was in good condition also. PKP ICE189.152, leased from MRCE, passed through on a Berlin - Warsaw express, which should have been a PKP IC 183. In the yard adjacent to the closed depot, several locos from private operators were stabled, Pol-Miedz Trans M62-3103, East-West Rly 232.309 & PCC Rail 311D -18/22. PKP Cargo EU-006/3 arrived on a Poznan - Berlin freight, from which EU-006 was detached and then worked back to Franovo.

Poznan Franovo. Bombardier have a team based there to evaluate and maintain the six EU43s being tested on Poznan - Berlin freights. The 4 EM 10s were stored, probably never to work again, as they were non standard. 44 ET22s (11 stored), 18 EU07s (13 stored), three EU43s & two SM30s were on shed.

With the exceptions of Zdunska Wola which looks to have an uncertain future, and Warsaw Glowny for other reasons, all of the other museums visited seemed to be operating normally. The downturn in the economy together with a reported 33% loss of traffic to private operators, appears to be causing the management of PKP Cargo to rationalise its operations, with the taking out of service of all EM10, ET40 & ET42 classes, and the storing of the majority of EU07s seen. At least 33% of the freight trains seen on the trip were being hauled by private operators.

Alan James, Barry Chandler, Andy Blaylock and Dave Hodges reporting on preserved and otherwise surviving steam locomotives in Poland August 2010

0-8-0T TKp100-4 (Wolf 1149/1924) on display at Koscierzyna, 4/8/10 Metre gauge 2-8-2WT Txn8-3811 (Vulc 3849/1925) at Gryfice museum on 5/8/10. Pt47-14 smartly displayed in a bay platform at Stargard Szczecinski on 6/8/10. Sectioned former DRG 4-4-0 13 1247 (Prussian S6) stands outside the shed at Skierniewice, 7/8/10.
2-6-2T OKl27-10 plinthed inside the entrance to the PSMK depot at Skierniewice on 7/8/10. 750mm 0-4-0WT 10 (OK 7900/1921) in the shed yard at Rogów, 7/8/10 Oldest loco at Sochaczew museum, 0-4-0WT KrMü 1120/1882, with preserved rolling stock, 8/8/10. 0-6-0Ts displayed with trains at Sochaczew on 8/8/10: Chrz 152/1926, OK 8165/1916 and KrMü 2831/1893
Tw53-2565 with other 785mm stock at Sochaczew museum on 8/8/10 Former HFB 0-8-0T 1609 plinthed outside Technikum Nr.7 in Warszawa, 8/8/10 Last survivor of its class, 2-10-0 Ty246-22, slumbers among the weeds at Zduńska Wola Karsznice on 9/8/10 52 6340 stands as a memorial to the Jews of the Łódź ghetto at the former Radegast station on 9/8/10

Photos from Dave Hodges
0-4-0WT Bor 11453/1924 plinthed at the Cegielski works in Poznań, 10/8/10. 0-8-0T Tx26-423 plinthed at the main station of the Maltanka Park railway in Poznań on 10/8/10. 2-10-0 Ty1-76 (ex DRG 58) awaits restoration at Wolsztyn depot on 11/8/10.

3.8.2010. We went to see if the 17.22 to Wolsztyn was steam hauled. Unfortunately SM42-613 was in charge of the two veteran double deck coaches. Interestingly our train to Bydgoszcz was hauled by EP07-1051 resplendent in BR ‘electric blue’ and complete with a chrome lion & wheel insignia on the body side! En route, TKt48-116 was noted at Inowroclaw, plinthed at the former loco depot.

On arrival at Bydgoszcz Glówna, 0-8-0T TKp1-48 was spotted on its plinth at the depot, opposite the platforms. The night was spent at the splendid Hotel Pod Orlem, . At 340zl (approx £70) for a twin room, this was by some way the most expensive night of the trip.

4.8.2010. We decided to catch the 06.32 departure to ensure our key onward connection to Koscierzyna. The rather slow journey north was enlivened by the sight of 0-6-0T TKh49-11 (Chrz 5699/1961) plinthed at Tczew station. Although the ‘skansen’ museum at the former depot is immediately opposite the station, it is necessary to take a 15 minute walk via the road over bridge at the north end of the station to reach it. 0-4-0WT TKb-2845 (LH 2845/1924) is plinthed near the entrance, whilst sectioned TKt48-179 is also plinthed in rather shabby condition.

Displayed outside on the museum tracks in varying condition are: Ok1-112, Pt47-171 (as Pt47-100), Pu29-1 (as Pu29-3), Tw1-90, Ty2-1401, Ty42-105, -126, Ty45-139, TKh100-45, TKp100-4 (as TKp100-04), TKt48-99, TE-7175 (unnumbered) and TKh-3140. Inside the shed, and probably the last loco to see use (not recently?) is Ol49-71. Outside the museum compound, but on an adjacent track, is unrestored Ty2-446. In the dump beyond the south end of the museum and not accessible therefrom are: Ty2-178, -269, -666, -860, -1098, -1301 (carries Ty2-9 / Ty2-09) and Ty42-39.

We travelled onward by the 15.19 to Chojnice, where Ty2-1387 was noted displayed in the sidings as we approached the station. After a compulsory refreshment break we continued by the 18.27 to Szczecinek, where a comfortable night was spent at the Hotel Pojezierze, about 15 min walk from the station.

5.8.2010. In the vicinity of Szczecinek depot, metre gauge Px48-3908 is plinthed on a grassy area outside the entrance alongside the road together with two open wagons. Having decided to rely on a 6 min connection at Kolobrzeg, we set off on Os 78441, the 08.39 departure, comprising a packed EN57 emu with hard seats, having departed Poznan at 05.12.

The connection into the 10.26 departure for Szczecin was cross-platform, so we just made it and arrived on time at Gryfice, where the museum of metre gauge locomotives was our next objective.

Since January this year, the site has become a branch of the Muzeum Narodowe in Szczecin, which may be the reason that a couple of locos have fairly recently moved from here to Sochaczew. On display are 5 locos built locally by Vulcan (Stettin), 2-6-2WTs Tyn6-3632, -3636, 0-8-0WTs Tx7-3501, -3502 and 2-8-2WT Txn8-3811; KrMü 0-6-2T Tyb6-3407, KMaf 0-6-0T Ty6-3284, OK 0-6-0WT Ty-9785 plus Px48-3901, -3912 and -3915.

At the nearby depot/workshop, Px48-3916 was being prepared to work trains the next day on the Nadmorska Kolej Waskotorowa. From May to September a daily service runs at 08.40 from Gryfice to Pogorzelica on the Baltic coast. Four return trains are then scheduled between there and Trzesacz (back along the coastal section), before returning to Gryfice, where arrival is at 19.40. On most days the trains are diesel-powered.

The 14.27 to Szczecin gave ample time to examine the old depot alongside Glówny station platforms. Here TKt48-29 is plinthed in front of the roundhouse in deteriorating condition. The roundhouse is now a night club and in 2006 contained 0-4-0F Chrz 4701/1956 as part of the "furnishings". However the club now has a different name and as all the windows are thoroughly blacked-out and all the doors were securely fastened, we were unable to ascertain if the loco is still in situ.

After booking into the Hotel Ibis Szczecin Centrum – less than 10 mins walk from the main exit to Glówny station, we decided to attempt to find the plinthed loco at Huta Szczecin, located at ul. Nad Odra 33. As the LCGB Blue Book suggests this is at Goclaw, we caught a number 6 tram which terminates there. We soon located the correct road, but after walking for about 30 min in a northerly direction, beyond Glinki signal box, there was still no sign of a steelworks, so we turned back. Subsequent web investigation shows that the works is in the vicinity of Stolczyn, perhaps a mile further along the road.

6.8.2010. Today was largely for travelling to Kutno, with a few plinths en route. First stop was Stargard Szczecinski, where Pt47-14 was resplendent in green in a bay at the north end of the platform. Our next train to Krzyz, was a heavily loaded TLK (= Tanie Linje Kolej or Cheap (long-distance) Train), where. by contrast, our coach had an indicator showing such detail as the time, date, temperature and speed of the train! Ol49-82 is plinthed here, among the trees between the two sides of the station at the north end.

Changing direction, our next train was the 10.52 stopper to Pila, We changed at Pila into another stopper to Bydgoszcz – an EN57 with basic upholstery. Entering Bialosliwie we noted numerous wagons in the narrow gauge yard on the north side of the line together with a plinthed tank loco, assumed to be 0-4-0T LKM 26004/1951.

At Bydgoszcz, any plans to search for the dumped Ty42 in Glówny depot were forgotten when a torrential downpour coincided with our brief stay there. We were soon on our way again, noting a TKt48, assumed to be 146, standing in the sidings at Bydgoszcz Wschodnia depot. The intention was to alight at Torun Kluczyki for a visit to the depot, but as we got a good view of all three steam locos expected here (Ty2-64 dumped; Ol49-50, TKh1-19 preserved) before the train stopped, and we would have had a lengthy walk in another downpour, we continued to Torun Glówny.

Here, industrial 0-6-0T TKh49-5564was more conveniently plinthed opposite the station platforms. Our final train of the day was another well-filled TLK and we were fortunate that the conductor decided to release a compartment reserved for pregnant women for us to occupy. At Kutno, the Hotel Rondo was soon located about 10 mins walk from the station and it proved to be very good quality and value in terms of the accommodation, the dinner menu and the beer – including Zywiec Porter (only 9.5%).

7.8.2010. The back up plan was to continue to Warszawa Zachodnia, where a quick change of platforms enabled us to reach our first destination only about 75 minutes late. The PSMK had advertised a depot open day at Skierniewice from 10.00 to 14.00, and we were surprised to find that there was no charge for entry. The roundhouse doors were open, and the first thoughts on entering were that public access would not have been permitted to such a place in the UK. There was glass all over the floor which had obviously fallen from the rather fragile roof.

Inside were Ty2-1407 & TKi3-137 (unnumbered), both derelict, TKt48-39, TKp-102 (Kren 982/1942), TKh-2949, an 0-8-0T (assumed Chrz 6042/1962), 750mm 0-6-0T 1984 and Feldbahn 0-8-0T 3 (LH 1721/1918). These last two stand on standard gauge wagons. We were soon politely advised that we should not be in the shed (despite several doors being open and a party being given a conducted tour). However, we were ushered into the workshop to the rear, where the frames of 0-4-0WT OK 10672/1925 were being restored. In the yard outside were Ol49-4, showing signs of external renovation, unkempt Ty51-1 and sectioned Prussian S6, formerly DRG 13 1247, which arrived from Warszawa in April. Plinthed among the trees near the shed entrance was OKl27-10.

Next visit was to Kolej Waskotorowa Rogów - Rawa – Biala at Rogów. Apparently PKP has effectively handed over the line and most of the rolling stock to the local authority and a preservation society operates diesel trains on summer Sundays over part of the route. Steam locos present were Px48-1783 and 1911 (not listed on the railway’s website) and 0-4-0WT 10 (OK 7900/1920) on loan to the society for 10 years. They had started work on restoration of a fourth loco (0-4-0T Kren 821/1940) but decided this was beyond their current capability. We were told the frames were somewhere on site (with some other parts at Skierniewice), but we were unable to find them.

A number of Lyd1 and Lyd2 type diesels were also in evidence. Continuing by train to Koluszki, a 10 minute walk brought us to the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, in ul. Mickiewicza, where Px49-1799 is plinthed in the churchyard. It is unlikely this is intended as an advert for Sochaczew as there is no reference to that museum and it is at the end of a no through road! The return journey to Kutno involved an hour wait at Lódz Widzew, not something to be recommended.

8.9.2010. Trains were even later this morning, delaying our arrival at the narrow gauge museum at Sochaczew until 10.45. Before reaching the entrance 750mm 0-4-0WTT (assumed Chrz 1685/1947) was found plinthed outside the main line station and 600mm 0-4-0WT 1 (Hano 6272/1911) outside the museum/narrow gauge station.

Once inside, the sight facing the visitor is quite amazing, rows of generally well presented steam locomotives in well kept surroundings, with a running line through the middle. In total there are 42 steam locos on display comprising: 3 x 1000mm, 1 x 785mm, 35 x 750mm, 1 x 630mm, and 2 x 600mm. 3 of the 750mm locos are displayed with trains of restored wagons or coaches. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is 750mm 0-10-0 Pw53-1980, converted in 1971 from a 785mm Tw53, an example of which is also on display.

At one end of the museum, securely fenced off, is the loco depot and storage yard for unrestored items. Peering over the wall near the shed found Px29-1704 outside, which had probably been in use on the museum train the previous day. Also visible was a Px48 class loco in red primer but without tender or markings. The only other loco in the compound that we were able to identify was 1000mm Tyb6-3406 which is reported to have arrived from Gryfice in May.

After a couple of hectic but enjoyable hours a local train was caught to Warszawa Ochota, which is just round the corner from Warszawa railway museum at the former Glówna station. There are extensive well kept indoor displays covering many aspects of Polish railways and including many locomotive models in various scales. The full size exhibits are all outside in three of the former platforms. There are 24 standard gauge locos, all of different classes, ranging from 2-2-2T OKa1-1 to 4-8-0 Os24-10 and industrial 2-10-2T TKz-211. There is also a plinthed 600mm Chrzanów 0-4-0WT which belongs to PSMK.

Although many of the locomotives have recently been repainted, there is evidence of severe rusting on a few of them. Despite recent rumours of closure of the museum, we saw no evidence that this might be about to happen.
A 20 minute walk was then taken to Technikum Nr.7, at the corner of ul. Szczesliwicka and ul Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 r. Here Feldbahn 0-8-0T 1609 / Tx-1123 is plinthed in front of the building. Instead of returning the way we came, we realised Zachodnia station was somewhat closer and diverted there en route to some well-earned refreshment before returning to base.

9.8.2010. The skansen museum at Zdunska Wola Karsznice was the principal objective today, requiring an 08.08 departure from Kutno, but with almost an hour’s sojourn at Lódz Kaliska before continuing to Zdunska Wola. Although Karsznice still has a passenger service, there are now only two trains per day, at inconvenient times, and in any case the station is a long way from the depot. Suitable bus services had been identified, but we were unable to find anywhere to purchase tickets, so we decided to hire a waiting taxi.

En route we passed a plinthed Px48 (assumed -1723), which is located at the junction of ul. Laska with ul. Karsznicka, about 2.5km from the skansen and acting as a signpost. The locomotives at the skansen look uncared for, as do their surroundings, with no apparent attendant, so their future here must be in some doubt. Present were: Ol49-79, Pt47-93, Tr21-53, Ty23-273, Ty42-9, Ty43-74 (as Ty43-1), Ty45-39, Ty246-22, plus industrials TKb-10 (Chrz 1725/1948), TKh-4207 (Chrz 4027/1955) and TKp-20 (Chrz 6289/1963). The Tr21 and the Ty246 appear to be the last surviving examples of their respective classes and surely deserve better care. Two of the industrials and the Ty246 carry false worksplates. We had asked the taxi to come back for us after 90 minutes, which was probably 30 mins too long, particularly as it was raining heavily by this time.

Upon return to Lódz Kaliska, we had time to visit the Jewish Memorial to the Lódz Ghetto, which required a tram and bus journey across the city. Our arrival was marked by a torrential downpour, but, undaunted we managed to see and photograph Ty2-702, in its original guise as 52 6340, and its wagons on display at the former Radegast station. Our return to Kaliska, and hence Kutno, was interrupted by a further downpour which forced shelter to be sought in a convenient bar.

10.8.2010. In order to gain an extra hour in Poznan, we decided to catch non stop EIC 1801 instead of the following IR train. Although reservations are supposedly compulsory on such trains, we found the front coach all but empty; no reservations were requested but free refreshments were provided! On arrival we purchased a day public transport ticket and were soon on a no.10 tram to the Cegielski works.

The company has premises on both sides of ul. 28 Czerwca 1956 r., one has a portable steam engine displayed outside but we eventually found the 600mm steam loco plinthed behind a fence near a manned gate further along on the opposite side of the road. The helpful security guard made a brief phone call and then escorted us inside to take photos. The loco is believed to be Borsig 11453/1924 but carries plate 11458/1925, which is the number of its active sister loco at the Maltanka Park railway.

Next call was across town to the Instytut Pojazdów Szynowych Tabor at ul. Warszawska 181, which lays back from the road behind trees, on the left hand side heading out of town. Here freshly painted Px48-1760 is plinthed in the car park. The Park railway is a few stops back towards the centre. The hourly train service was diesel-hauled but we had insufficient time to find the depot, presumably at the far end of the line, and contented ourselves with photographing plinthed 0-8-0T Tx26-423.

Back at Glówny station, a packed EN57 was taken to Gniezno. Stored/dumped in the weed strewn depot yard were Ty3-2, and Ol49s 23, 69 (all since moved to Leszno) and one other (assumed Ol49-32) with no tender and smokebox part cut up. The larger of the two roundhouses contained TKt48-72 and another assumed to be -77. A visit was then paid to the narrow gauge station, where the loco shed contained stored Px48-1785, seen through the undergrowth-shrouded windows on the side away from the running line. On retracing our steps through the SG depot, we were pleased to see SM42-613 being ushered into the smaller roundhouse – obviously not working the 17.22 Poznan – Wolsztyn this evening!

Back at Poznan, the 17.22 did indeed have steam at its head, in the form of Pt47-65, which we duly caught. The two Wolsztyn Experience lads on the footplate advised us that steam was operating on a two days on, two days off basis, with only the one loco currently serviceable. However it was expected that the Pm36 would become available again the following week. Upon arrival at Wolsztyn, a short walk down the road brought us to the Hotel Kaukaska, recently refurbished and good value at 150zl for a twin room with breakfast.

11.8.2010. Our last day, but time for a couple of hours strolling round Wolsztyn depot and yard before catching the 11.22 dmu service back to Poznan. Lined up in the siding on the east side of the line were: Pt47-106, TKt48-147, Ty5-10, Ty51-223, Ty2-406, Ty43-123, Ty51-183, Ty43-92 and TKt48-123. Apart from TKt48-147 these were all in reasonable external condition. In the shed were found Ol49-7, Tr5-65, Ok22-31, Ok1-359 and Pm36-2 “Piekna Helena” with the front end jacked up. Ok1-322 was on display in the shed yard, with Ty1-76 (no rods) , Pt47-112 (con rods off) and 0-4-0F Bor 8464/1912. Dumped/stored on the west side near the station were Ol49- 81 and -85 on one road with Ty2-1398 (actually -1298), Ty42-148 and Ty45-396 on another. Before our departure, Pt47-65 arrived with the morning steam service from Poznan.

Steam Locomotives in Sochaczew museum display area (750mm except where stated)

0-8-0T Tx28-1274 Chrz 308/1928 track 1
0-8-0 Px49-1794 Chrz 2034/1950 track 1
0-8-0 Px48-1771 Chrz 3056/1952 track 1; plate Chrz 3222/1954
0-10-0 Pw53-1980 Chrz 2646/1954 track 1
0-8-0 Px49-1797 Chrz 2037/1950 track 1; plates Px48-1797, Chrz 3073/1955
0-8-0 Kp4-1 Chrz 3761/1957 track 1
0-8-0 Kp4-1257 Chrz 3790/1957 track 1
0-8-0 Px48-1253 Chrz 4516/1955 track 1
0-8-0 Px48-1748 Chrz 2133/1951 track 1
0-8-0 Px49-1796 Chrz 2036/1950 track 1
0-8-0 Px48-1755 Chrz 2250/1951 track 1
0-6-2T Tyb-3417 KrMü 3417/1896 track 2
0-4-0WT T-7841 Bor 7841/1911 track 2
0-6-2T Tyb-6452 KrMü 6452/1911 track 2
0-6-0WT Ty1-15506 KMaf 15506/1934 track 2
0-6-0WT CZ 4 OK 10914/1924 track 2
0-4-0WT T3-1043 Budich 931/1943 track 2
0-8-2T Txb5-1431 KMaf 16162/1942 track 2
0-4-0WTT CD 5 Hen 22891/1935 track 2
0-8-0TT CD 3 Kren 1017/1944 track 2
0-6-0WT CG 2 Chrz 3332/1954 track 2
0-8-0 Px6-1645 Pod 528(328?)/1937 track 2
0-8-0TT CK 3 Hen 20314/1924 track 2
0-4-0WT Chrz 1538/1946 track 2
0-10-0T Tw53-2565 Chrz 2648/1954 785mm
0-6-0T Ty6-3286 LH 2962/1925 1000mm
2-6-0T Tya6-3326 Jung 3054/1920 1000mm
0-4-0WT CW 1 KrMü 1120/1882 track 4
0-8-0 (Kp4-3760) Chrz 3760/1957 track 7(?) at shed end
0-4-0WT 1674 Chrz 4010/1958 630mm at shed end
0-6-0TT Py4-741 OK 11007/1925 600mm at shed end
0-8-0TT (Tx-1958) OK 8575/1918 600mm at shed end
0-4-0F T(b)-4688 Hart 4688/1927 1000mm
0-4-0WT CW 2 KrMü 1321/1883 track 8
0-4-0WTT CT 3 Zobel 571/1907 track 8; boiler Zobel 86
0-8-0 Px29-1708 Wars 185/1929 track 8
0-4-0TT CT1 Hohz 2008/1913 disconnected track
0-6-0T CBK 8 Chrz 152/1926 displayed with train
0-6-0WT WKD 66 OK 8165/1916 displayed with train
0-6-0WT CK 22 KrMü 2831/1893 displayed with train
0-6-0WT CZ 3 Chrz 3335/1954 plinth by road
0-4-0WT CZ 5 Chrz 1796/1947 plinth by road

Steam Locomotives in Warszawa museum outdoor display (1435mm except where stated)

0-4-0WT Rys 1541 Chrz 1541/1946 600mm plinth
2-2-2T OKa1-1 Krup 1187/1931 track 1 (nearest to main line)
2-6-0T OKi1-28 Bor 5424/1904 track 1
4-6-4T OKo1-3 Vulc 3610/1920 track 1
2-6-0 Oi1-29 Schw 3450/1905 track 1
2-4-0T TKc100-1 Hen 3838/1893 track 1; was PKP TKb100-10
2-6-0T Tki3-119 Union 2049/1913 track 1
2-6-2T TKl100-16 Bor 14528/1934 track 1
2-10-2T TKz-211 Bor 14714/1938 track 1; ex PMPPW
2-8-0 Tr6-39 LH 2616/1923 track 1
0-8-0T TKp-4147 LaM 4147/1942 track 1
0-4-0F TKb(b)-10282 Hano 10282/1924 track 1
2-8-2 Pt47-104 Ceg 12302/1949 track 2
2-10-0 Ty43-17 Ceg 1045/1947 track 2
2-10-0 Ty51-228 Ceg 2627/1958 track 2
2-8-2T TKt48-36 Ceg 1562/1951 track 2
0-6-0WT TKh1-13 OK 9336/1920 track 2
4-6-2 3c Pm3-3 Bor 14926/1940 track 3; actually Pm3-5; streamlined
4-8-0 Os24-10 Chrz 147/1926 track 3; actually Os24-7
4-6-2 Pm2-34 Schw 10629/1936 track 3
2-6-2 Ol49-21 Chrz 2623/1952 track 3
2-10-0 Ty42-120 Chrz 1604/1946 track 3
2-8-0 Tr203-451 Lima 8739/1945 track 3
2-6-2T Okl27-26 Ceg 223/1931 track 3
2-10-0 Ty2-572 Schi 3993/1943 track 3; frames “Schi 3983”

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Visit Report. Keith Chambers reporting. July 2012.

Recently I travelled from London to Tashkent by train via Eurostar, Brussels and Cologne & had time while in Moscow to visit Podmoskovnaya Depot.

  While looking for the depot using directions from the internet I became totally lost. I did not have the benefit of a map so tried to ask the occupants of a Moscow police patrol car for directions. Fortunately I did have a print out of the page from the website that I had consulted which had a photo of the depot sign. The policewoman in the car was keen to practice her English so within a few minutes I was being driven to the depot, past security at the gate and right up to the back of the roundhouse.

This was Saturday 28/7/12 and there were two locos in steam quite possibly being prepared for special workings on the following day. In total there were nine steam locomotives present. Apart from the roundhouse there is a two road repair depot which was locked but visible through the windows inside were L-3653 and an un-numbered Er class stripped down to the bare metal.

Outside were L-2344 in steam and L-3958 dead. Outside the roundhouse in steam was Er774-38 while alongside was TE-3162. Inside the roundhouse were L-2057, Er797-41 and another stripped and unidentifiable E class 0-10-0. Finally a diesel was turned on the turntable during my visit.

The following day I began a journey from Moscow to Tashkent which takes almost four days. Steam locos seen on this journey were few and far between and only one seen in Russiia at Samara shed were Su 211-85 was plinthed;

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Howard Forster August 2009.
Sunday, 02/08/09. Bratislava Transport Museum. It was was hot this day with the temperature at 42 C (107F). In this neat little museum the railway exhibits were:310.0107,434.128,534.0471, Ind 3679, 0-6-0F and T678.016. Vychodne. Plinthed at the entrance was 310.442. In service were 4x210,4x240,5xdiesels. Awaiting restoration/slowly deteriorating were:310.0123,310.507,331.019, 387.017/9, 399.005,486.008,555.3284 and being restored, 555.3008. Opposite the derelict locos, between the shed tracks and the main running lines, a ZSR museum has been established, with small exhibits in a building and rolling stock in the open. On show were: 310.097,310.433,331.037,T211.0823,T444.080 and T769.019. 781.312 although not restored presumably belongs to the museum also. Bratislava Hlavne. 18 electrics, 5 diesels and 2 BE locos were present as well as 498.104 being painted. A day ticket used on the excellent tram and bus services, enabled travel between the various locations to be easily organised.

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Summer 2012 Werner Reckert

Zaragoza AZAFT

The collection has changed to Casetas, the endpoint of the RENFE cercanias-trains. AZAFT has there a great shed with four tracks. During a visit, i take photos of the following locos:
RENFE 4026
„Escatron“, Jung  11468/ 1953,
„Aragon“ ,the Endesa Baldwin Loco,
RENFE 7702,
AZAFT also has a large collection of salon-dining- and sleeping cars, see
The place to find the rio tinto loco 61 is at Zaragoza Valle de Brote.

Arcos de Jalon
RENFE 141F2263 is also there, standing on the old turntable of the depot, the depot has gone and new houses were build on this place.

The Delicias Museum was a visit for me, fotos taken from
RENFE 020-0231,
241-4001 and
Coillet 580/1882, a little narrow-gauge loco.

  The  241F-2238 and 141F-2316 are now at Mora la Nova in Katalonia, see
Plinthed in a small condition at Leganes is 141F2104, the place is Universidad Carlos III.
Also plinthed 141F-2240 in Las Matas, Plaza Jose Prat.

Castilia La Mancha
Arcos de Jalon
RENFE 040-2082 was in a little museum opposite the station, 240F-2244 was in bad condition nearby.

  In Albacete is 141F2415 in a park at  the end of the station and nearby the new ADIF –depot.


  Elx: 141F2351 is plinthed near the busstation and RENFE station Elx –Parc. The street has the name Avda. del Ferrocarril.

  Locos nearby Valencia:
  141F2295 in a good condition by the Univ. Politécnica ETSI at Valencia, a little metergauge steamcrane too, dates: Nr. 2296; Crafton and Co engineers, Bedford, England.
141F 2202 as 2206 at Alzira and in a poor condition in front of the Vossloh workshop at Albuixech 141F2326, a electric loco 276-105 and a diesel 313… too, condition of all as wreck.


  Villanova y la Geltru  
020-0236 and a lot of other.

  At Lleida, in the ARMF – Workshop you can find
RENFE 120-0202,
020-0232 (ex Valencia),
SMF 240-2215,
SMMP 1 Couillet 1214/ 1898, loco was in parts to get a new boiler,
Marta SACM 3699/ 1884.

RENFE 030-0204, nearby the museum of the port, good condition for a plinthed loco.

Howard Forster May 2009.
Barcelona container terminal and Can Tunis Depot, an examination of the container terminal found no locos stabled. On passing the terminal on Tuesday, 12/05/09, the majority of the locos noted there on trains and at the depot were 269.0xx,7xx,9xx; two new TRAXX 253s were also on the depot.