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Following the curve

Posted in Poland, Żnin by folkestonejack on April 24, 2016

Our afternoon programme began with a tender-first express to Żnin at 2.45pm, just after an intense hail shower. On top of this, ominous black clouds dominated the horizon and left us all wondering what we might expect for the afternoon.

Tender first express to Żnin

Tender first express to Żnin

A surprise awaited us at Żnin – an opportunity to take our loco and one flat wagon on a jaunt down a 500 metre stretch of rare track on the ‘other curve’. This is the beginning of the old track to Obiecanowo and Zuzoly which closed in stages between 1972 and 1992. The promise of track not in the programme led one participant to joke that this was ‘one for the curve men’.

As this section of line is normally closed we were not surprised to learn that the condition of the track is not up to the same standard as the rest of the system. Our short train made slow progress down the line with one man walking in front of us and checking the track ahead, stopping only for the occasional photo opportunity. Bernd said that these should be considered ‘slow pasts’ as run pasts implied a far quicker pace than we could manage!

Px38 805 crosses the road leading to the fifteenth century church of St Florians, Żnin

Px38 805 crosses the road leading to the fifteenth century church of St Florians, Żnin

The short ride took us to a point just beyond the bridge over the Gąsawka where the line skirts a lake (Jezioro Żnińskie Małe). Along the way we had some photo stops timed perfectly for re-appearance of the sun, including a marvellous spot with St Florian’s church as a backdrop (this required some impromptu gardening, cutting back branches and flattening the tall grasses in the foreground).

Despite being only a short stretch of track this offered up some pretty impressive photographic rewards!

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