Filmed in 1991, it was anticipated that this would be the last year of steam operations on the Polskie Koleje Panstwowe, or P.K.P., - Polish State Railways. It will have bought to a close the last revenue earning steam hauled freight and passenger services in Europe, or so it was thought! This DVD shows the operations as they were then. The TORUN-NASIELSK lines' OL49 2-6-2s with scenes from SIERPEC depot. Moving on to the MIEDZYRZECZ and SZAMOTULY area we see branch line operation with Tkt 48s. WOLSZTYN depot is visited with location shots on many of the routes radiating from there showing the following classes at work: Ty42, Ol49 - including roadside running between GRODZISK and OPALENICA, Ty45 and Ty2. Join the crew of Ty42 148 for a footplate ride on the 12.00 WOLSZTYN to NOWA SOL. Ty3 2 is next seen working the 17.24 mixed service to NIEGOSLAWICIE. This type of train, with its time consuming shunting operations were soon be a thing of the past as Polish Railways modernise to take it into the next century. The KOPALNIA PIASKU KOTLARNIA is a company producing sand from its vast open cast works. 1,000 ton trains are filmed worked by the massive stoker-fired Ty51 2-10-0s equipped with American style chime whistles. As with Poland, the unexpected comes to light - the Tkh shunting a factory at WRONKI, the industrial locos near BYTOM and a Ty51 taking over a heavy freight somewhere in SILESIA.
PCM STEREO. No narration but sleeve notes and diagrammatic map provided.
Running time 60 minutes.