10 NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAY NETWORKS IN POLAND – 10 DAYS EVENT
During the event we will take a look at the ten most interesting narrow gauge networks in Poland – from the Tatra Mountains to the Baltic Sea. Each of them is different, has a different story and offers incredible landscapes. We are planning photostops, outdoor meals or browsing through regional background in a mobile newsagent’s car.
The event agenda
arrival to Warsaw, visiting the hotel, ice-breaking and organizational meeting
arriving to Jędrzejów. Touring the area by Jędrzejów Narrow-Gauge Railway (750 mm). The picturesque line runs through the chalk hills of the impressive wooden trestle bridge over the Nida river. Making our journey through the tight curves that meander in meadows and wetlands, we will discover areas rich in architectural monuments, old monasteries, as well as souvenirs of the Arians, which can be called Polish Mormons. The end of the route is the historic town of Pińczów – a real local culture gem. The railroad dates back to the beginnings of 1915, when in 1998, after several years of oblivion, the tourist traffic came back to life, which has since been growing and is still operating today.
Jędrzejów Narrow-Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Tarnow for the night.
arriving to Przeworsk. Touring the area by Przeworsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (750 mm). The narrow-gauge line connects Przeworsk and Dynów, running through the valley of the river Mleczka. It was set up to operate the sugar factory in Przeworsk in the early twentieth century. This is one of the most picturesque narrow-gauge lines in Poland with its routs meandering among the hills of Dynów. The route has an original infrastructure – the old railway stations and semaphores. The passing small villages have preserved their ethnographic character – you can spot forgotten cottages, old fences and animal corrals. The line is famous for its tunnel in Szklary with a length of 602 meters – the only narrow gauge tunnel in Poland. There are also two steel bridges on the Mleczka river as well as many stone bridges.
Przeworsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Sanok for the night.
touring Bieszczady Mountains by Bieszczadzka Forest Railway (750 mm). An old timber line transporting logs to mountain sawmill is now one of the biggest attractions of Bieszczady – the wildest of the Polish mountains. The rail line is meandering among the high peaks of narrow valleys, along rushing streams. The organized photostops are excellent here, where you can have a close encounter with a wolf or a bear. The culture of the local villages is extremely archaic, as seeing wooden huts along the trail is nothing unusual. The rich history of these lands remembers times of outcasts and various adventurers, which is somewhat similar to American history of cowboys.
Bieszczadzka Forest Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Cracow for the night.
train departs from Cracow going through Warsaw to arrive in Gdansk. High-speed train will get us across the entire country from south to north, from the mountains to the sea. Upon arrival to Gdansk, checking-in and having some free time.
arriving to Nowy Dwor Gdański. Touring the area by Gdansk (Żuławy) Narrow-Gauge Railway (750 mm). The train is following the historical lines of Żuławy, a unique land situated below the sea level, where you can notice a number of dams and dikes situated on the entire countryside. This is an area formerly inhabited by the Dutch Mennonites – Puritan Protestants who were drying the Vistula river swamps. They can be compared to American Amish people. Rail line runs along the ditches, numerous streams, through drawbridges, dikes and culverts. Magnificent photostops with churches, timber corrals and grazing cows can be a dream-come-true picture for a rail fan.
Gdansk (Żuławy) Narrow-Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, returning to Gdansk for an another night.
arriving to Gryfice. Touring the area by Gryfice Narrow-Gauge Railway (1000 mm). Gryfice Narrow-Gauge Railway was formerly in charge of total 300 km of track and 98 stops, preserving only 175.6 km of track till present day. The powerful rail network was built to support the local agricultural infrastructure – many beautiful farms and wealthy ranches. With time it was also transporting vacationers to the many nearby resorts on the Baltic Sea. Currently it’s used mainly as tourist transportation means passing through summer holiday resorts. You can feast your eyes on the preserved infrastructure – including Gryfice open-air museum of railway rolling stock. Additional, we can organize photostops of the Niechorze lighthouse.
Gryfice Narrow-Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Kolobrzeg (famous resort) for the night
arrival to Białośliwie. Touring the area by Wyrzysk District Narrow Gauge Railway (600 mm). The network had once 256 km of total sections, including many smaller towns as well as larger cities, such as Bydgoszcz having a population of half a million. It runs through hilly areas of Krajna full of spectacular views, great for photostops. Small, closely-situated villages and towns immediately adjacent to the route add picturesqueness to the rail line. A place worth seeing is also mountain and forest section of Kocik-Młyn station. Railway enthusiasts will certainly be very pleased by the gauge of this railway – only 600 mm, which is unique in Europe.
Wyrzysk District Narrow Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Piła for the night.
arriving to Żnin. Touring the area by Żnin District Narrow Gauge Railway (600 mm). Another rail gauge of 600 mm, being unique on the continent, is taking us between the lakes and through isthmus. One of them is facing the Biskupin castle – a 2500 year old fortified town. The reconstructed facility is one of the biggest tourist attractions of western Poland. The railway was established in 1894, and for many years was serving the local agriculture, to start touring visitors to Biskupin at some point. The station infrastructure in Żnin can be appealing to many rail fans, which has preserved the old-fashioned character. We will be also visiting one of the largest museums of narrow-gauge railway in Poland – a village called Venice.
Żnin District Narrow Gauge Railway (gallery)
After the event, the next stop is Warsaw for the night. 16 August End of the trip.