Wolsztyn Experience news update December 2016
IMPORTANT - As Nigel, who runs the UK office is currently poorly, as a temporary measure for all enquiries please contact either Howard Jones in Poland on 0048506680156 or Trevor Jones in UK on 01628 524876.
I'm sure all the supporters of The Wolsztyn Experience send him and his family best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Scheduled services are expected to return early March with time tables expected on this website the beginning of January 2017.
The new operating body for the Wolsztyn depot and steam services has at last been setup and the directors appointed.
The title for this trust is the Cultural Institute,
the directors have been in position from September1st and the
Institute is headed by the Marszalek of Wielalpolska, the
Polish equivalent to a state governor. He has stated that the
intention is to run daily steam services as soon as possible
after the beginning of the New Year. The intended timetable is
a Monday Friday, Wolsztyn Leszno Zbaszynek Wolsztyn. On
Saturdays there will be eventually two round trips to Poznan
and on Sundays a Wolsztyn Poznan. Poznan - Gniezno Poznan
and Poznan Wolsztyn service. However until the availability
of enough crews the Saturday and Sunday service will be a once
each day return trip to Poznan.
However steam heated coaches have to be obtained and there is a shortage of drivers to operate a daily service; additionally the Institute want to operate the trains under its own license and this has to be applied for.
NOVEMBER 16 update
It is possible that the service will be more intense than listed above, the license has been applied for and coaches purchased although these will have to be serviced and upgraded. In the meantime it is proposed to hire coaches from Turkol.
The 2017 special services which operate with Polish charterer Turkol and supported by the Wolsztyn experience on numerous long weekends during 2017. These are detailed under footplating and can be booked now through Nigel on 01842 860436. Turkol has obtained four first class coaches which are currently undergoing restoration. Two will be ready for January. Full details of all standard gauge services and a booking availability chart will be under downloads as soon as available.
The annual Wolsztyn May Day Parade has been confirmed for April 29th 30 th and footplating is available on special trains involved in the operation again ring Nigel.
Pt 47-65 returned to traffic during 2016 in time for the annual parade. Ol49-59 is still in ticket for the whole of 2017 and Ol49-69 is currently in works at Leszno, it has suffered a delay with having its wheels re- profiled and should be returned to service for the 2017 season. The Cultural Institute has no immediate plans to restore further locomotives, however should sponsorship be available it is possible that a fourth locomotive could be added to the Wolsztyn fleet.