Poland Steam Railway old films Lower Silesia line Scinawka Srednia - Radkow

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Pietro

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I am looking films about railway steam trains from Scinawka Srednia to Radkow. I've found on Youtube film very close to this track ( Klodzko area)


It's related to this film in sequence time 25:37. I recognized Scinawka Srednia railway station. Today line Scinawka Srednia - Radkow not exist. But between 1980 - 1990y. was a lot extra steam trains events for foreign teams ( UK , German). I suppose that someone have unique films about this track.

If somebody has any info or where to ask will be very nice.

There is position on railway map :


and example photos :



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I fear that I can't contribute anything "visual", here; but the particular line cited, holds great interest for me. I had the good fortune to travel on it in May 1983: this was in the course of a tour in Poland, organised by a British undertaking specialising in such -- mostly, experiencing and photographing genuine everyday steam workings; with a bit of "extra-ordinary, 'special' stuff" added on. Several days were spent based in the general Klodzko area; that being then reckoned by many steam enthusiasts, the best place in Poland: plentiful steam action on various duties, including long-distance passenger; plus -- with all respect, a rarish thing in Poland -- this happening in fine, very photogenic hilly scenery.

This tour was orchestrated often, with great ingenuity: its featuring of Scinawka Srednia -- Radkow, being a case in point. The following, done by ordinary scheduled public train workings; which was a problem re the SS -- Radkow branch, which as at the early 1980s had -- even by PKP rural branch-line standards at that time -- an extremely meagre passenger service: if I have things rightly, two workings per day Radkow to SS (very early morning, and early evening); and just one SS -- Radkow ditto (late afternoon, then forming the just-mentioned early-evening working in the opposite direction). We travelled on an afternoon -- ordinary scheduled public -- train, class TKt48 2-8-2T-hauled, running from Klodzko west to Kudowa Zdroj; at the last station before said terminus, we disembarked; and were taken in a road coach whose use the tour had, throughout: the few kilometres to Radkow, where we boarded the, as mentioned above, 1756 departure from Radkow for SS. It is reckoned that passenger workings on the Radkow branch often ran "mixed": thus it was on this day -- the train, headed by a TKt48, comprised two wagons loaded with stone, and the solitary passenger coach bringing up the rear. I think that in said coach there were -- as well as we railway nuts and our "minders" -- at least a few local inhabitants taking the train because they needed to get to wherever they were going; but at four decades' distance, memory fails to oblige in detail.

The 9km. Scinawka Srednia -- Radkow line (@Pietro -- I'm sure you know all this already -- blame my fascination with this particular scene !) was only a part -- the most westerly extremity -- of a one-time bigger standard-gauge light-railway system; inaugurated when this area was part of Germany, which situation ended in 1945. Said system, named in German days the Eulengebirgsbahn, once extended for some 20 -- 30 km. north-eastward from Scinawka Srednia: including en route, a 6-km-odd rack section (something rare in this part of the world) to get it across the abovementioned modest mountain range, the Eulengebirge ("Owl Mountains" -- in Polish, "Gory Sowie"). The rack section was abandoned in 1931, still in German days; henceforth the railway was operated in two separate parts, until all taken into PKP post-1945. As per you @Pietro, now no more; except, a few kilometres north-eastward out of Scinawka Srednia: which as I understand, has been still open for freight until, anyway, recent times; stone traffic -- I have not heard of abandonment of same, but I'm not nowadays well-informed on these matters.
 
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Thank You Calthrop for very for your comprehensive and, I would say, hopeful reply.

I am relay live in Radkow over 30 years. When I was young I remember sound and fumes from railway station when regular steam train was trying climb up from Radkow to Scinawka track. I also saw in 1999 when this track has been disassembled.

I lived 2 years in Leicester and was fascinated Great Central Railway.

Today railway station Scinawka Srednia is under totally refurbishing. Will be new track, signalizing.

The part track the Eulengebirge "Owl Mountains" Scinawka Srednia to Dzikowiec is still in use. I small countryside Dzikowiec there are big quarry and line is used for freight.

I suppose when You traveled in 1983 to Poland was very complicated ( borders , no mobile phones, iron curtain etc).

Today travel to Poland is very easy and I would help to accommodation in Radkow area with also B&B.

If You have some photos from Your visit in SS and Radkow I will be grateful.

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@Pietro: I have some material on the subject as above, which I feel could be of interest to you (not featuring pictures taken by me, I'm afraid); but -- sorry if this is awkward -- for reasons which are for me good and sufficient: I'd prefer to transmit it to you via private message (PM) rather than directly in a thread. I did a PM to you re abovementioned material, a couple of days ago; but have learnt that new members on the Forums may not at first, participate in PMs. The understanding is that after a new member has made something like five posts, he is then PM-eligible.

If this were agreeable to you, maybe you and I could post to and fro on this thread for a little while, concerning "whatever" (I could, if it were required, write whole "novels" about Polish railways and steam, on and on and on :smile:), until you became, thus, PM-eligible?

Sorry again about this obstacle; of which as I say, I was initially unaware.
 
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