Żnin District Narrow Gauge Railway to Biskupin

Biskupin, the most famous archeological site in Central Europe, can be reached either by car or by narrow-gauge railway from Żnin. The narrow-gauge railway, 600 mm wide, was built in 1892/92 to transport agricultural products like sugar beets to the local sugar factory. It also took passengers.

The ordinary transport of people was suspended in 1962 since the railway was much slower than the bus communication. In 1972 the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum was established in Wenecja, one of the train station.The museum brought many tourists and the railway was reopen for tourists mainly. This railway is one of the main attractions on the Piast Route. The railway crosses two important Polish historical and geographical regions: Kuiavia-Pomerania and Great Poland with region of Paluki. Paluki (Pałuki) are visited by more than 300 thousand tourists per year - with valuable attractions in Biskupin, Wenecja, Znin, Gasawa etc.

There are several stations on the way from Znin to Gniezno. The passengers can get off and on and see the places of interests with the same ticket. The whole trip lasts about 4 hours. The total distance: ZNIN - RYDLEWO - BISKUPIN - ROGOWO is about 20 km (12.5 miles). Below are some photographs from the trip.

click at the image to see it slightly magnified


Locomotive

Locomotive again


The train has a variety of vagons

Inside the train


The first stop in wenecja (Venice)

Venice is a site of the Museum of Narrow-Gauge Railway


Water pump

Inside the museum


Front of the locomotive

The label of the locomotive's producer


Locomotive with Polish eagle

but it was manufactured in Germany, since the train was built when Paluki region belonged to Prussia


Train crossing signalization

Old telephone, with the warning sign: please, do not touch

Here is the main website of the Znin District Narrow Gauge Railway. My description of the railway was taken mainly from this website. The photos and some comments are thanks to Jerzy. Check a selection of the articles by Jerzy.


Check the follow up of this article with photographs of Biskupin settlement entitled Biskupin - one of the Oldest and Best Preserved Archeological Sites in Central Europe .

Check articles devoted to Polish history . and travel to Poland .



I recommend Eyewitness Travel Guide to Poland (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by Teresa Czerniewics-Umer, Malgorzata Omilanowska, Jerzy S. Majewski, DK Travel Writers


This comprehensive book about Poland, showed below, may also be useful for you:
The Rough Guide to Poland by Mark Salter, Jonathan Bousfield



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