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Trains in Poland (Part 2)

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...and here is the train station in Ahlbeck in Germany, 7 kilometers west of Swinoujscie in Poland:

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Next to the station, I found a couple of interesting train cars:

A small East German coal hopper...

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...a 1950s German passenger car...

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...and two late 1970s East German passenger cars. The 'DR' stands for 'Deutsche Reichsbahn', the state railways of the German Democratic Republic (the official name of East Germany). Back before 1990, Polish passenger trains were painted in the same shade of dark green.

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A train sign in Ahlbeck:

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The view from a passenger train heading from Swinoujscie to Lublin:

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EN57s again:

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This is the main rail station in Lublin. It was built in 1877 or so.

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Two SM42s in the siding.....

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....and a set of ET41s pulling a freight train. ET41s were built between 1977 and 1983. Whenever I see freight trains, I almost always see the venerable ET41. These locomotives are almost indestructable.

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...and if I don't see the ET41, I probably see the ET22 (1969-1989), another equally popular electric freight locomotive that also commonly sees passenger service. The ET22 is considered one of the greatest sucesses of PKP.

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These are the SU45 locomotives, the diesel equivalent of the ET22 in terms of reliability and speed. Their one problem is that they are very smoky. That is why not too many of them are left. SU45s were built between 1970 and 1976. They are used for freight and passenger runs where electrification has not yet occurred.

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And this is a Pt47 steam locomotive that stands on display in a siding as a memorial to the Lublin steamhouse, which ceased operations in late October of 1986. Pt47s were the best and fastest of the Polish post-war steam locomotives. They were built from 1947 to 1951, and the last one was withdrawn from service in 1988. This particular one retired in 1983.

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And so those are my pictures of trains from Poland. By the end of the weekend, my thread on buses and trolleybuses in Poland will be ready. I hope you guys enjoyed this. Feel free to leave feedback, suggestions, and/or comments.

Edited by R10 1989

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