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Unused Railway Equipment Donated to Polish Heritage Organizations by PKP PLK

Unused Railway Equipment Donated to Polish Heritage Organizations by PKP PLK
photo: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A./Unused Railway Equipment Donated to Polish Heritage Organizations by PKP PLK
21 / 04 / 2023

Organisations and institutions promoting railway traditions are receiving unused equipment, materials and vehicles from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. Gniezno and Wolsztyn have received a motor car, a snow plough, trestles and granite blocks. The equipment provides interesting information about railway history and technology and is an attraction of many exhibitions.

The out-of-service vehicles: a WM-10/L motor carriage from 1980 and a 411S snow plough from 1986 will enrich the collections of the nearly 150-year-old Gniezno Steam Locomotive Works. After restoration and conservation, they will be made available for viewing in the hall of the historic locomotive shed at an exhibition of rolling stock being built by the Gniezno Steam Locomotive Works Association. They will go on display in June for the opening of the summer tourist season. The historical complex is visited by several thousand people every year. The donated vehicles will help to popularise knowledge of railways and technology.

The latest donation of vehicles is not the only one in the history of cooperation between PLK SA and the Gniezno Steamworks. In 2021, the association received three shaped semaphores.

"Nurturing the memory of Poland's railway history is a vital task. PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.'s donations are a benefit not only for railway enthusiasts but for society as a whole. Activities related to preserving tradition and promoting knowledge of the railways are an expression of care for the common heritage. We support these activities by donating historical elements of rolling stock and railway infrastructure," said Andrzej Bittel, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

"Thanks to donations by PKP Polskie Linii Kolejowe S.A., equipment and elements of infrastructure which no longer perform their role on the railway network become a source of information about the history of railways and are an interesting attraction for exhibitions. It is important for railwaymen that future generations can learn about the history of the railway, which continues to play an important role in Poland's transport system," stated Arnold Bresch, member of the Management Board of PKP Polskie Linii Kolejowe S.A., Director for Investment Implementation.

The municipality of Wolsztyn received two 1920 retaining trestles and a granite cube from 1892 from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. The materials were dismantled from the Wolsztyn station during repair work on the Drzymałowo-Wolsztyn route. The granite cube will be used to upgrade the paths in the park, which is located within the town's historic buildings. After restoration, the retaining trestles will become an element of the display of historical equipment in the area of the planned "Railway Town" in the vicinity of the "Wolsztyn Steam Engine Depot". The preservation and display of materials no longer used by PLK SA will serve to promote and nurture the history associated with the development of railways in the region.

Donations - attractions, history, education

In recent years, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. has made more than 120 donations to institutions that care about railway history. Last year, PLK SA donated, among others, 30 metres of the track to the Museum of Lviv and Eastern Borderlands in Kuklówka Radziejowicka near Grodzisk Mazowiecki. The Mikołaj Kopernik Railway Technical Secondary School in Bydgoszcz received a shaped semaphore in 1945. The Wielkopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Zabytków Kolejnictwa (Society for the Protection of Railway Monuments) in Poznań acquired a signal lever from the signal box at Lipowa Tucholska station. The 1930 device was placed in a museum chamber in Stęszew near Poznań.

Source: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.