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john d Stone

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60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:27:47 PM »
http://youtu.be/kpsYtR-5XpE
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I don't think this 60cm railway system has been discussed in this forum. At it's greatest extent, the railway had something in the order of 200 miles of track. There were multiple branchlines, serving small villages in this portion of western Poland. Sugar beets seemed to be one of their greater sources of revenue, at least towards the end.
I think I read that the last of the system, about 100 miles, was abandoned in 1994! They appear to have dieselized in the late '70s with big siderod 6 wheelers, looking for all the world like big vacuum cleaners. There is a whole flock of videos taken during an excursion, or series of excursions in 1992, put on by some German group (I wonder if the local population was having flashbacks?). Now that my wife has shown me how to post these things, I'll put up some more.

Looks like dirt ballast and definitely no air brakes.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

John  
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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 12:58:59 AM »
In trolling for train videos on youtube (for there were leaves to be raked) I found a bunch of videos featuring the present day preservation efforts of the former Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn. There is evidently a regular operating season out of Bialosliwi (no idea how to pronounce that) Poland, covering a few miles of line, with more trackage being cleared of brush, road crossings repaired, etc. A good deal of the line was left in place after service ceased in 1994. I guess they didn't owe anything to a paint company!

The shiny black 0-6-0T, waddling about, was recently rebuilt by "Interlok" works and is their resident steamer. The others are visitors, as seems to be common practice at European museums.

Seems like they're big into train parades, over there. Don't know if that would fly here.

So, here it is. Hope you enjoy it.   John

http://youtu.be/2CLXoNchYdk                                                        
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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 08:03:28 AM »
The diesels look very similar to those acquired by the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway on the north side of Porthmadoc, Wales.  They have two very large ex-Polish diesels, 60-cm gauge.

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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 04:30:59 PM »
In the early fall of 1991, I was fortunate to have spent almost a month photographing and riding the rails of Poland.
There were many narrow gauge railroads, most steam powered. I even got some "throttle time" on one of the 0-8-0's pulling an excursion train. The people were most friendly.
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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 05:27:25 PM »
Ira,

I envy your experience. It looks like there was an awful lot to see over there in the early '90s. I've only been exposed to it recently via the wonderful world of Youtube.
I'm amazed by the speeds they make over some really questionable looking track. Seems that they depend on healthy grass to hold the rails in place!
It appears that most of the narrow gauge systems (primarily 750mm) have gone belly up in the last 15-20 years. There does, however, seem to be a pretty healthy preservation movement.

I did manage to get to Germany last year, and rode the Molli and was treated to a cab ride on the Harz up Broken mountain. I did not score any throttle time, but I was very impressed by the professionalism of the crew. Those guys really new their stuff! They walked that 2-10-2T up 3.3% grades like it was a daily occurrence. Which it is! We met three trains on the way up and three on the way down. All 8 car consists, powered by those big tank engines. I don't believe we met the same engine twice! There was also an 0-6-0T under steam with a three car train, parked at the top of the mountain.
The track on both lines looked like the Northeast Corridor!             John

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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 10:20:50 AM »
Humor like this can't be bought.

Try it first with family to see if it's home groan.

I think I've sunk below route level now.

OK, now that we've laid the groundwork, here's a youtuber showing the B und W in it's salad days.

http://youtu.be/OqV2rP9eZok

I think most shots are taken during the early '70s, judging by the clothing and the "Saturday Night Fever" haircuts and 'stashes. It's amazing to compare US early '70s gas crunch days with eastern European horse and wagon culture. I would have been pretty cool over there with my '72 Pinto!
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Re: 60cm Polish RR: Bromberger und Wirsitzer Kreisbahn
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2013, 10:53:41 AM »
An entire landscape of puns related to the subject has been weeded into its own thread at:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=2159.0
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