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WOLSZTYN READ­IES FOR WIN­TER

Steam ser­vices at Wolsztyn are to cross a fur­ther hur­dle in Septem­ber, with the ar­rival of coaches with heat­ing ready for the win­ter. Trains have used car­riages hired in from tour pro­moter Turkol since the re­sump­tion of reg­u­lar work­ing in May - but these are not fit­ted with heat­ing, which be­comes com­pul­sory from mid-October. A pair of blue and cream ‘re­gional’ ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to take their place. From Septem­ber 3, a new timetable will fea­ture trains de­part­ing Wolsztyn at 6.18am and 10.48am Mon­daysFri­days, with the cor­re­spond­ing re­turn work­ings leav­ing Leszno at 7.51am and 1.45pm. Ser­vices are also ex­pected to re­turn to the Poz­nan route once bridge work is com­pleted; these pre­vi­ously ran on Satur­days.

SELKETAL ‘BUSTITUTION’ ENDS

The last re­main­ing ‘bustitution’ on Ger­many’s Selketal lines was to end in early Septem­ber - but there will still be only one daily engine in steam. Pre­vi­ous sum­mers have fea­tured two steam di­a­grams, three days a week, on the Gern­rode sec­tion of the Harz me­tre gauge network - but the Thurs­day-Satur­day ‘ex­tra’ di­a­gram re­mains rail­car-worked un­til fur­ther no­tice. The sum­mer timetable runs un­til Novem­ber 5. Buses took over some ser­vices in the Selketal from the start of this year’s sum­mer timetable in April, though the level of ‘bustitution’ was sub­se­quently re­duced (SR470).

AUSSIE GAR­RATT UP FOR AUC­TION

A Bri­tish-built Gar­ratt has been put up for sale in Aus­tralia. New South Wales Gov­ern­ment Rail­way ‘AD60’ 4-8-4+4-8-4 No. 6029 is be­ing of­fered by Slat­tery Auc­tions Aus­tralia, with a dead­line of Septem­ber 15 for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est. It is owned by Canberra Rail­way Mu­seum, which closed in Novem­ber last year af­ter its oper­a­tor, the ACT di­vi­sion of the Aus­tralian Rail­way His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, went into liq­ui­da­tion with debts of around $700,000 AUD fol­low­ing a slump in its freight haulage busi­ness.

4270 FOR EAST LANCS

GWR ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4270 has been an­nounced as the sec­ond guest engine for the East Lan­cashire Rail­way’s Au­tumn Steam Gala on October 14/15, join­ing LNER ‘A4’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa.

DATE FOR GCR BRIDGE

A 1,000-tonne crane was due to install the deck of the Great Cen­tral Rail­way’s bridge across the Mid­land Main Line at Lough­bor­ough dur­ing an overnight en­gi­neer­ing pos­ses­sion on Septem­ber 2/3, mark­ing the first ma­jor step to­wards re­unit­ing the line with the GCR (Not­ting­ham).

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