Wolsztyn Experience news March 2018
2018 Spring Timetable is now available to view or download click here
Changes to the methods of payment.
The cost of processing payments through an online banking facility were increasing to the point where we could no longer absorb the expense. Rather than increase the price of courses we have decided to no longer provide an online payment facility. We don't feel this will be too much of an inconvenience as bank transfers can generally be carried out from almost every modern device.
Footplating Update 2018
The full list of Turkol/Wolsztyn Experience special trains for 2018 has been confirmed and is available under Downloads. Contact Nigel for availability and prices for foot plating and tickets.
For a few weeks we have seen 3 return steam services a day to Leszno owing to a shortage of DMU this may continue depending on DMU availability. The times of the 2 scheduled services are available under Downloads.
For the first time steam services from Wolsztyn will operate semi-fast trains. The Poznan trains now extended to 2 return trips on Sundays as well as Saturdays are going semi-fast producing the fastest scheduled Wolsztyn – Poznan services ever.
The Leszno services remain as 2 round trips M-F with timing alterations, all services are timetabled to run from Dec 10th to March 16th see Downloads for times.
Pt47-65 2-8-2 departs Blotnica on Tuesday 20th June with the 06.28 Wolsztyn to Leszno service train.
Loco News Updated March 2018
The current operating steam locos are 2-8-2 Pt 47-65 and 2-6-2 Ol49-69. The overhaul of Ol49-59 has at last commenced at Wolsztyn not at Leszno. 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.
The institute has leased 2 coaches with heating for the winter service they arrived during the first weekend in September.Turkol the Polish steam special operator has 10 coaches 3 1st class 6 2nd class and a Restaurant car not all are in service as yet and none are yet fitted with steam heating.
The institute has also hired 2 second class Intercity coaches or use on the scheduled services when the Turkol fleet are being used on the long distance specials these are not fitted with steam heating.
The institute also has five 4 wheeled coaches 3 with balconies that are available for certain specials and it is hoped that the sleeping dining support coach will in the future be restored to use.
The school children and commuters enjoy luxury seating compared with the Diesel Railcar offerings. Eat your heart Southern commuters!