On my first trip to Poland as a railfan, I was very much in the dark. There was no public internet in 1990, and information about interesting operations was almost impossible to find abroad.
On 17 September 1990, while riding a train from Tczew to Malbork to visit the castle there, we noticed a narrow-gauge operation adjoining an intermediate station. On the trip back, we got off at that station, Lisewo, to see what was there and had our first introduction to the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD), a part of PKP (Polish State Railways).
We walked down the stairs from the elevated main line platforms, crossed the street, and found ourselves at the Lisewo Wąskotorowe (Lisewo Narrow-gauge) station. It was pretty quiet on this late afternoon—not a soul to be seen. A one-coach passenger train sat at the platform.
Across the tracks was a brick shop building. Various pieces of 750mm gauge equipment sat around, most in various states of disrepair. The most interesting find was a steam locomotive, Px48-1784. It was cold on this day, but showed signs of having recently been run.
The sound of a distant horn caught our attention. We walked down the tracks to the north end of the station, and through the fields spotted a green railcar making its way towards us. MBd1-137 flew into Lisewo, scattering the chickens and marking the end of the operating day for this little railway.
Within a few years the shops at Lisewo were closed and the tracks lifted. I did have a chance to ride a section of the GKD north of here, which will be covered in an upcoming post.
The second part of this article covers a visit to and excursion on the railway in 1993. You can read it here:
On the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD)—Part 2
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