Covid 19 June Update
"its great to be back"
The first Wolsztyn Experience footplate course participant has arrived in Wolsztyn since the Coronavirus outbreak In March. Bernard Martin from Germany climbed aboard the footplate on the 11.30 Wolsztyn scheduled service to Zbaszynek on Tuesday 23rd June.
Bernard was accompanied by Wolsztyn Experience Chairman, Howard Jones; on Bernard’s completion of his turn he uttered with enthusiasm “It’s great to be back” and I hope that many other enthusiasts will book to appreciate this unique experience.
The scheduled steam services “the only standard gauge ones in the world” have continued to operate throughout the lockdown; but without the revenue from foreign tourists and the cancellation of all special events for the time, the engine shed has suffered badly financially. The Wolsztyn Experience contributed around £150,000 / $2000,000 last year.
Whilst obviously, with almost 4 months of lockdown because of Coronavirus, we will not be able to match that this year, it is important that we support this unique scheduled service as much as we can. Currently UK enthusiasts have to self-quarantine on return to the UK, but as one client booked to arrive shortly said “its worth two weeks at home just to escape to Europe for real steam”. The quarantine does not apply to essential workers.
Within Europe, borders are now fully open, but until direct flights from the UK are re-introduced travel to Wolsztyn is a return to how it was in the mid 1990’s when the Wolsztyn Experience first started, making our “Golden Oldie” regulars feel at home. The route is to Berlin by either BA, Easy Jet or Ryan Air and then onwards on the Berlin/Warsaw express, getting off at Zbaszynek and catching the local train to Wolsztyn; if your flight timing works out this could be steam. We can arrange for a Wolsztyn taxi to pick you up from Zbaszynek or Schonefeld airport, Berlin. Hopefully the situation will soon change when our government arranges non self-isolation deals with selected countries.
We are planning to operate our six day steam special, departing Wolsztyn on Nov 29th subject to borders and lockdowns remaining open. If we can fill this with guaranteed window seats and as many footplate bookings as possible we could still make a contribution of £75,000 / $100,000 to the depot. This is necessary to ensure that the Wolsztyn steam carries on.
Here are the tour details
28th Nov - Travel from UK.
29th Nov - Wolsztyn - Leszno – Ostrow – Kalisz – Zdunska Wola – Chorzew – Czestochowa
30th Nov - Czestochowa – Koniecpol – Krakow Glowny - K.Plaszow –Skawina –Oswiecim - Katowice- Krakow Gl.
1st Dec - Krakow Glowny –Rzeszow –Munina – Horyniec Zdroj – Munina – Przemysl.
2nd Dec - Premsyl – Przeworsk – Stalowa Wola – Sandomierz – Skarzysko Kammienna.
3rd Dec - Skarzysko Kammienna – Lodz –Lowicz –Skierniewice – Lodz.
4th Dec - Lodz –Kutno –Kolo –Konin – Poznan – Wolsztyn.
5th Dec - Travel to UK
Please contact Nigel in the UK office for more information and to book your tour
Below is the Pt 47-65 returning from Zbaszynek, seen between Tuchoza & Wolsztyn in the early evening light. The train is now reduced to 1 coach whilst the second coach is serviced 23/3/20 Tomasz Opaska
Our web site has specific chapters on all our activities indicated by the tabs on the top or on the left hand side; if it is purely standard gauge Footplating click on that tab and likewise for Narrow gauge, Tourism etc.