Rogów Narrow Gauge Railway
Rogów Key Facts
- Gauge: 750mm
- Operating Length: 49km
- Status: Operating
In 2016, trains are expected to run every Sunday from late April or early May until September, and also on some summer Saturdays. Details are awaited. See the timetable archive for previous years' timetables.
The Rogów narrow gauge railway was constructed as a 600mm gauge military field railway by the German army in 1915. The main line from Rogów via Rawa Mazowiecka to Biała Rawska was built in the early part of that year as well as a branch from Rawa Mazowiecka which was intended to reach Nowe Miasto nad Pilicą. At the same time, the Russian army were constructing an extension of the 1000mm gauge Grójec line towards Nowe Miasto nad Pilicą on their side of the front line (see Piaseczno). Construction of the branch was halted in the summer of 1915 when the front line moved east and the railway was no longer required for military purposes. It had reached Żdżary 20km from Rawa by this time.
The railway became a public railway in 1917 with passenger services and freight traffic including agricultural produce and timber. The Żdżary branch closed around 1921.
In 1954 the entire line was regauged from 600mm to 750mm gauge in just six days between 23 and 28 August.
The carriage of standard gauge freight traffic on transporter wagons was introduced in 1968.
PKP ceased passenger operations on the Rogów narrow gauge railway on 9 June 2001 and freight operations at the end of September 2001.
It took a year for the line to be handed over to FPKW, The Polish Narrow Gauge Railways Foundation, with transfer complete in October 2002. The first public passenger trains under FPKW ran on the All Saints Day public holiday, 1 November 2002 (see photo gallery and timetable).
Today, the Rogów narrow gauge railway is the longest still operating in Poland at 49km. The line is operated as a tourist museum railway by FPKW with regular summer Sunday trains to Jeżów and Głuchów. Scheduled trains run the full length of the line to Biała Rawska several times each year.
Rogów is on the standard gauge Warszawa to Łódź / Częstochowa main line, between Skierniewice and Koluszki, although only the Skierniewice to Łódź local services stop at the station, running every 2 hours during the day and more frequently in the peaks. Timetable 601 (Warszawa - Koluszki - Łódź) shows these services, or check the online journey planner. Connections from/to long distance trains are available at Skierniewice and Koluszki.
The narrow gauge station Rogów Osob. Wąsk. is just outside the standard gauge station, diagonally across the road to the right as you leave the main station.
The operating base of the line and the museum are at Rogów Tow. Wąsk., approximately 1km south of Rogów standard gauge station.
The narrow gauge railway runs East from Rogów, through Jeżów, Głuchów, Boguszyce and Rawa Mazowiecka, to Biała Rawska. Rawa Mazowiecka is on the E67 main road. Close to Biała Rawska the narrow gauge line crosses the standard gauge central trunk line (CMK) on a bridge, though no connection is possible as there is no passenger station on the CMK.
- Kolej Wąskotorowa Rogów-Rawa-Biała - official website
- FPKW (Polish Narrow Gauge Railways Foundation) - the operators of the line
- The Rogów railway on Railmap
- 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
- Behind the Water Tower blog - Rogów Posts:
- Rogow to Rawa, 23 May 2009
- Thieves spoil Rogow Railway Christmas, 26 December 2009
- A return journey - part 5, by Robert Hall, 10 August 2010
- Rogow chairman resigns, 19 May 2011
- Narrow gauge trains in the snow, 10 February 2012
- Thieves hit Rogow Railway, 17 March 2012