Koszalin Narrow Gauge Railway
Koszalin Key Facts
- Gauge: 1000mm
- Operating Length: 19km
- Total Length: 29km
- Status: Operating
On Saturday 16 May, the Koszalin narrow gauge railway will take part in Museum Night. Short train rides from Koszalin Wąsk. station to the depot will run at 18:00, 18:30, and every 20 minutes from 19:00 to 23:40. At the depot there will be tours of the sheds and showings of railway films as well as other attractions. At midnight a train will run from Koszalin to Manowo, returning at around 01:30. The event is free apart from the train to Manowo which costs 15zł. Full details.
On 1 and 3 May ("May Picnic") and 1 June (Children's Day), a train will run from Koszalin to Manowo at 11:00, returning at 15:00. See timetable below.
In summer 2015, two trains will run from Koszalin to Manowo every Sunday from 28 June to 30 August. Departures from Kozalin will be at 11:00 and 17:00. Departures from Manowo will be at 15:00 and 18:00. See timetable below.
On 21 November 2015 a special train will run to celebrate Railwaymen's Day. The train will depart Koszalin at 11:00 and run the full length of the line to Rosnowo, the only train in 2015 currently scheduled to do so. There will be photo stops en-route. The train is planned to consist of an Lxd2 diesel locomotive, two transporter wagons, a Bxhpi coach and a brake van. See timetable below. For booking details, see the website.
A special train ran on Sunday 11 January 2015 raising money for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (Poster).
Runs on 1 and 3 May
and 1 June
Runs on Sundays
28 June to 30 August
Runs 21 November 2015
Construction of the Koszalin narrow gauge railway began in 1898 under Prussian control, with the first 32km section Koszalin - Manowo - Nacław constructed in that year with 750mm gauge track. Manowo - Świelino - Bobolice (34km) and Świelino - Białogard (32km) followed in 1905, and Białogard to Rarwino in 1909. At Nacław there was a connection to the Sławienski District Railway.
At the end of the Second World War in 1945, the invading Red Army dismantled the railway and took the track and equipment to the Soviet Union. The railway was reconstructed with 1000mm gauge track and in July 1948 the first trains ran on the reconstructed railway from Koszalin to Świelino and Bobolice. Reconstruction to Białogard was completed in 1951. In 1952 a further section was built which linked the Koszalin narrow gauge railway to the Kołobrzeg system at Lepino Trojkat, which was itself linked to the Gryfice and Stargard systems, creating a single large 1000mm gauge network, which extended to 555km of lines by 1959.
Extensive closures took place in the 1990s leaving three unconnected narrow gauge systems at Gryfice, Stargard and Koszalin which continued to operate until the end of PKP narrow gauge in 2001. The Koszalin to Świelino line remained in regular passenger operation until June 2001, and tourist trains reached Rosnowo until the end of July. Freight to the military airfield at Kurozwęcz on the branch south of Rosnowo continued until 12 September. A passenger special was operated from Koszalin to Świelino on 15 September (see photos) and the line officially closed on 1 October 2001.
Initial hope that the local authorities would take over and run the line did not come to fruition, but in November 2005 a new society was formed: TMKW (The Society of Friends of the Koszalin Narrow Gauge Railway) which has succeeded in reopening part of the railway from Koszalin to Manowo. Restoration began in 2006, and in May 2008 Romanian railbus MBxd2-307 was obtained from Dobra Nowagardzka. The first passenger trains were run in the summer of 2008. Work is ongoing to reopen the line further south to Rosnowo.
Public trains using the Romanian railbus currently operate on summer Sundays, with two return trips from Koszalin to Manowo. Special trains operate at other times, mainly for school groups.
Koszalin is on the standard gauge Gdynia to Szczecin line and is the junction for the branch to Kołobrzeg. All trains stop at Koszalin. See timetables 380 (Gdynia to Szczecin) and 382 (Koszalin to Kołobrzeg) or use the online journey planner.
The narrow gauge station Koszalin Wąsk. is 400 metres south of the standard gauge station. The sheds and transfer facilities are south of the narrow gauge station on a raised fenced site reached by a ramp.
The narrow gauge railway runs south east from Koszalin through Kretomino and Bonin to Manowo, formerly the junction for the lines to Świelino and Nacław.
- Towarzystwo TMKW (The Society of Friends of the Koszalin Narrow Gauge Railway) - Official website
- The Koszalin narrow gauge railway on Railmap by Jarosław Woźny
- Koleje wąskotorowe w Polsce (www.koleje.wask.pl) by Krzysztof Zientara
- Polish Narrow Gauge Railways (www.cleeve.com) by Andrew Goodwin, Stephen Goodwin and Dave Meller
- Eisenbahnen in Pommern by Peter Wilhelm - Koszalin Pages:
- Information and Map
- Freight and passenger trains in 1999
- The last PKP train, 15 September 2001
- Martin Wollman's June 2000 Photos
- Historical maps of the Koszalin and Pomeranian narrow gauge networks.
- Behind the Water Tower blog - Koszalin Posts:
- Koszalin anniversary special, 29 November 2011
Lxd2-476's first run
Inaugral run of the 2011 season