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Feuilleton - Under the Christmas Tree
From home
Traces of old railway - "Side track" from Gliwice
Stadler in Poland
The Racibórz - Chałupki railway at 160
150 years of railways in Tarnowskie Góry
  Although jubilees fall every 10 years, in 2007, like never before on the PKP, jubilees of the anniversaries of railway lines falling in the year were observed in an exceptionally festive way. Everywhere there were official celebrations, informal exhibits, speeches by politicians, playing of music, and - important for every rail enthusiast - excursions of "retro" trains were organized.On 1 May 1847 the Raciborz - Bogumin line was placed in service, at the same time
creating the first international connection between Prussia and Austria. With the coming of the 160th anniversary of this event, a special steam train was operated from Raciborz - Chalupki and return. Thanks to the construction of the Opole-Zawadzkie - Tarnowskie Gory line, the first train to Tarnowskie Gory arrived in February 1857. On 16 June 2007, the 150th anniversary of this event, three "retro" trains arrived simultaneously. With the goal of celebrating similar jubilees, steam trains also turned up in Jaworzyna, Kostrzyn, Krzyz and other places. Remembering these anniversaries, we take a closer look at the workings of the railway in Raciborz and Tarnowskie Gory.
2007 excursion
  • XIV Steam show
  • Chabówka show "Parowozjada"
  • The Berlin - Królewiec railway at 160
    PKP series OKl1 tank locomotive
    After obtaining independence, in January 1920 the Polish Army occupied Pomerania, seizing for the PKP 5 locomotives of the former Prussian T6 class, 4 locomotives stationed until that time at the Olivaer Tor depot (Gdansk Brama Oliwska), and 1 from the Bydgoszcz Gl. depot. The OKI1 class was given to the locomotives in 1926. This was not a successful design, but after the first world war the newly established Polish railway was suffering from a great shortage of locomotives, thus anything which was fit for use was pressed into service. These locomotives were used by the PKP until 1936/37. The T6 locomotives were designed and built by Wittfeld in 1902 as the result of growing transportation needs in the Berlin area. Initial use showed that the output of the boiler was too low relative to the capacity of the 3 cylinders. The 3rd cylinder was soon removed, but even after this the locomotives demonstrated operational faults. The 12 machines produced were in 1914 transferred to other regions, and 5 of them ended up in Poland after the first world war.
    Bi-level Bipa/Bhp carriages
    The bi-level era began in 1959, when these carriages were first received on Polish rails. After so many years, recently these carriages have become the oldest series still in regular service on the PKP! Together with the Bh-class carriages, popularly known as "Bonanzas", they are the only passenger stock able to be steam heated. Recently this once universal PKP equipment has been disappearing into history, yet the memory of the noise of the opening doors, the din during travel, handles for opening the windows on the upper level, toilets built for short people, and little room for legs awakens the strongest sentiment amid railway enthusiasts. In the article we approach the origin of the bi-level wagon, details of the varieties constructed, statistics and locations where they were used on the PKP. On a colour pull-out, we show the changing paint schemes and markings of these carriages over the years.
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    "Villach" coal wagons in TT from Jago
    Modular layouts under the auspices of KKMK
    Polymer clay in railway modeling
    Modelers design or modify their models using their own various techniques and materials. Amongst the most popular are cardboard, photoetched metal and plastic. But often we run into opinions about the superiority of one technique over another. However, building an accurate and functional model usually requires using various techniques and employing various materials. Their selection is the result of their effectiveness in yielding the desired parts and their desirable qualities, and also of the modeler's skills in working with the given type of material. Andrzej Kowalski, author and modeler, presents a technique of repeatedly forming and casting parts with complicated shapes by using easily-available polymer clay, which is hardened by baking. The results are excellent. This technique however, like others, is not one-size-fits-all, but mastering it will certainly enrich one's possibilities for achievement in modeling.
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