Saturday 10th February 2018 sees the next in the series of “Liliputy” charters around the Polish city of Wrocław, using a 1958-built diesel loco. The day’s itinerary will then be repeated in full on Saturday 7th April 2018.
Three very reasonably-priced circular trips will operate from Wrocław Główny (the city’s main station), each via a different circular route. All will be formed of three carriages hauled by SM30-507, a 300hp diesel shunter built by Fablok in 1958.
The above is a link to a YouTube video uploaded by user Kolej w moim obiektywie, showing SM30-507 engaged in similar duties on 16th December 2017.
The three trips will operate as follows:-
10:00 departure – “Odkrywca” – 39 PLN (£8.31)*
Wrocław Główny – Osobowice – Sołtysowice – Swojczyce – Nadodrze – Główny
13:00 departure – “Podroznik” – 29 PLN (£6.18)*
Wrocław Główny – Zachodni – Gądów – Główny
15:00 departure – “Wedrowiec” – 39 PLN (£8.31)*
Wrocław Główny – Kuźniki – Brochów – Główny
* prices in GBP as of 2nd January 2018.
Further information, including a booking form, can be found on the promoter’s website here.
The city of Wrocław
The short, “cheap and cheerful” nature of these trips mean that they would lend themselves to being incorporated easily into a non-railway family holiday. Wrocław is certainly a viable destination for a weekend break.
The fourth-largest city in Poland, Wrocław – known as Breslau prior to its return to Poland under the terms of the Potsdam Conference in 1945 – is the cultural hub of western Poland; indeed, it was the 2016 European Capital of Culture. There is plenty to occupy the tourist.
Its airport (WRO) sees direct flights to and from numerous cities in the UK with both Ryanair and Wizz Air.