The only place to Choo Choo-se: Silesian railway museum is full steam ahead
Railway enthusiasts are in for the time of their lives with the opening of a‘Railway Fever’ exhibition.
The nine-day event which runs until May 6th at the Industry and Railway Museum in Jaworzyna, Lower Silesia, is a unique journey through the history of diesel locomotives in Poland along with the chance to ride on one of the old trains.
Visitors will get the chance to delve into parts of the museum normally closed to outsiders where among other things they will be able to see inside the oldest working diesel locomotive dating back to 1940, a foundry and compressor room.
Food will be laid on in a traditional restaurant car and children can dress up as railwaymen.
This is the fifth year in a row that the museum has organised the event and the site is on the oldest railway junction in Poland, dating back to the first half of the 19th century.
The museum is the only one of its kind in the country and in addition to the event it has an impressive permanent exhibition consisting of over 40 steam trains, electric and diesel locomotives and over 50 carriages.
The highlight is the only functional standard gauge steam locomotive in Lower Silesia – the Polish steam locomotive TKt48-18 from 1951.
History buffs are also in for a treat with a special WWII exhibition set in two freighters showing the role of the railway during the resettlement of the wartime population.
But it’s not just train-related memorabilia at the museum - there’s also a 1974 Polish computer called ODRA and a collection of Harley Davidson motorbikes dating back to the 1920s.
In mid-May, the museum will also begin a Festival of Technological Monuments, showing off the most important industrial buildings which helped in the economic development of Lower Silesia.
This year visitors can see such gems as the Hilbet’s mill in Dzierzanow and the Karolina porcelain factory.
And then in September, it’s back to trains with an exhibition of steam locomotives.