Having a rail of a time! Train enthusiast beats record for longest distance travelled in 24 hours
A train enthusiast has broken the record for the longest distance travelled within the region around Warsaw in 24 hours, covering over 1000 km.
Usually, regional railway company Koleje Mazowieckie that operates in Poland’s central Mazovian region, which includes Warsaw, is used for commuting to work or travelling relatively short distances within the region.
But Karol Pakuła took a different approach: he decided to travel as far as possible on Koleje Mazowieckie trains within 24 hours.
He approached the challenge strategically: instead of getting on the first train he saw, he planned ahead to maximise how far he would travel.
“I took a sheet of paper, a pen, a notebook and started to write down the journey at random, choosing the longest possible connections on Koleje Mazowieckie trains,” he said.
He set off early on 2 July, getting on the 5:03 train at Warszawa Włochy suburban train station heading west towards the town of Łowicz.
On his way into Warsaw, he was met with a nice surprise: a friend from work had come to speak to him before he started his journey.
Pakuła documented his journey in detail on Facebook, sharing photos of the trains and stations, as well as the challenges he met along the way.
“Travelling to Łowicz Main Station, I got a little stressed by the train’s longer wait before Łowicz Main Station. Fortunately, the train set off on time and I made my connection,” he wrote in a post published at 6.38 am.
After changing trains ten times in total and a 1.5 hour wait at a station in the middle of the night, Pakuła completed his journey at 4.59 am, when he arrived at the Warsaw Gdańsk suburban station in the Polish capital.
His 24-hour ticket cost him 26.65 złoty (6 euros), after accounting for a 35% concession – not much at all for such a distance.
Pakuła was congratulated by Koleje Mazowieckie – a photo on his Facebook page shows him shaking hands with the company’s CEO Robert Stępień, with a map of the region behind him.
Following this success, Pakuła is continuing to document his train travels and plans on his Facebook page, the name of which translates as “Around Poland in 10 days on passenger trains”.
In September, he plans to do exactly that, covering 2756 km and over 500 railway stations in 10 days.