Sochaczew Narrow Gauge Railway
Sochaczew Key Facts
- Gauge: 750mm
- Operating Length: 17km
- Status: Operating
In 2015, tourist trains will run every Saturday from 25 April to 24 October, and every Wednesday in July and August, according to the timetable below (see also the PDF Timetable). The Sochaczew narrow gauge railway museum is open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 15:00, with free entry on Wednesdays.
The 2015 season will open on Saturday 25 April from 09:50, with a special train from Sochaczew Muzeum to Tułowice at 11:30. The return journey will leave Tułowice at 14:14 and reach Sochaczew at 15:20. More information.
On Sunday 26 April, a special event 'Motorcycle Charity Picnic' will be held at Sochaczew including a short train ride from Sochaczew Muzeum to Sochaczew Miasto. More information.
Runs Saturdays 25 April – 24 Oct
and Wednesdays in July & August
The Sochaczew narrow gauge railway was built to 750mm gauge and opened in 1922 between Sochaczew and Tułowice. It was extended to Piaski Królewskie in 1923. There it connected with an already existing 600mm gauge forestry railway. In 1924 a branch was constructed from Tułowice to Wyszogród, though the station was on the opposite bank of the Wisła river from the town, linked by a long wooden bridge.
Along with passenger trains, the principal traffic on the line was timber. Sand, coal and agricultural produce were also transported. In 1949 the newly formed state railway operator PKP took over the narrow gauge line.
Regular service trains ceased on 30 November 1984, with the 15:35 Sochaczew Wąsk to Wyszogród. The future of the line as a museum was assured, however, as it was immediately taken over by the Warsaw Railway Museum. Since 1986 Sochaczew Wąsk station and the narrow gauge line to Wilcze Tułowskie have been operated as the narrow gauge branch of the Warsaw Railway Museum
The Sochaczew narrow gauge railway is very easy to access, being on the main Warsaw to Poznań railway line, with frequent Koleje Mazowiecki trains to and from Warsaw. Many long distance TLK and IR trains also stop at Sochaczew. From the standard gauge station, the narrow gauge museum is only a 3 minute walk away, along the road directly opposite the station building.
- Sochaczew Railway Museum - Official website
- Warsaw Railway Museum - Main page
- Sochaczew Railway Museum - Old website
- The Sochaczew 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