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==Timetable==
 
==Timetable==
 
===Journey Planner===
 
===Journey Planner===
*[http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en Rozklad-pkp.pl Timetable]. This website provides a link into the PKP ticket purchase system
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*http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en does not load as at December 2020 so for 2020/21
*[https://beta.portalpasazera.pl/en/ beta.portalpasazera.pl/en/ A Beta Version] that from your query answers can display a route map of a selected train [including any unusual booked route] by clicking on the right hand side three vertical line option
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* use this [https://portalpasazera.pl/en Beta Version]. From your query answer this can display a route map of any selected train [including any unusual booked route] by clicking on the right hand side box three vertical dots
 
*[http://rozklad.sitkol.pl/bin/query.exe/en? PKP Informatyka Your Routeplanner]. This website does not provide a link into the PKP ticket purchase system
 
*[http://rozklad.sitkol.pl/bin/query.exe/en? PKP Informatyka Your Routeplanner]. This website does not provide a link into the PKP ticket purchase system
  
 
===Downloadable Timetable===
 
===Downloadable Timetable===
The full set of PDFs can be downloaded both for the reduced current timetable period or full year by selecting the required date option. It should be noted that PDFs for the timetable period are being re-issued on an almost weekly basis. From March 2018 a link is available in English on the [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Tablice the PKP website portalpasazera.pl website]
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The complete Timetable for either the full year or roughly current quarterly period is available by selecting the required date option from  [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Tablice/RozkladWformieTablic Download zip 100 - P200].  
  
The last printed Timetable was for 2011/12, with no public access to any PDFs for 2012/13. Following on-line petitions the PDFs were made available again from 2013/14.  
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This can be reduced to an individual Table by either [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Tablice Enter station name] or  [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Tablice/TabliceWgNumeru Enter Timetable number] or
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[https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Tablice/TabliceWgLinii Line number]. All will again give a period option, plus from a station search a list will be displayed, then click on the chevron to the right of the wished for Table number for a listing by period.  
  
For individual TT's either enter into ''Search by Station'' or a Table number [Note: some have altered] in section ''Search by Table''. Lists [if appropriate] will be displayed and below this in separate boxes, the Destinations served. Then click on the chevron to the left of the Table number for a listing by date as PKP now make available PDFs for the whole or current part of the TT year, usually at least four separate issues within the year.
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In all options it should be noted there are four pre-announced "adjustment" dates each year but complete PDFs are re-issued on an almost weekly basis with no summary available of what has changed... For 2020/21 these are 14 March, 13 June, 29 August & 7 November 2021
  
Additionally individual operators and PKP Inter City now publish PDFs, as do PolRegio by Voivodeship [Region]. Links are  
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The last printed Timetable was for 2011/12 with no public access to on-line PDFs for 2012/13. Following on-line petitions the timetable PDFs were made available from 2013/14 but downloadable since 2012/13 where the white/yellow [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Plakaty station arrival/departure sheets], showing scheduled platforms [Peron], very useful where alternative routes exist.
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Additionally individual operators and PKP Inter City publish PDFs, as do PolRegio by Voivodeship [Region]. Links are  
  
 
By Operator
 
By Operator
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'''Other Operators:''' See [https://www.przewozyregionalne.pl/linki.html Inni przewoźnicy pasażerscy] (Other passenger operators) page, plus [http://sinfin.net/railways/world/poland.html Sinfin railways of Poland], which supposedly links to all passenger, freight, operational Narrow Gauge, Metro and Trams in Poland. Any omitted should hopefully be included on [[Poland_-_General_Information#Other Railways|EGTRE Other Railways]].
 
'''Other Operators:''' See [https://www.przewozyregionalne.pl/linki.html Inni przewoźnicy pasażerscy] (Other passenger operators) page, plus [http://sinfin.net/railways/world/poland.html Sinfin railways of Poland], which supposedly links to all passenger, freight, operational Narrow Gauge, Metro and Trams in Poland. Any omitted should hopefully be included on [[Poland_-_General_Information#Other Railways|EGTRE Other Railways]].
 
Also downloadable since 2012/13 are the white/yellow [https://portalpasazera.pl/en/Plakaty station arrival/departure sheets], which include scheduled platforms [Peron] which are very useful where alternative routes exist.
 
  
 
===Printed Timetable===
 
===Printed Timetable===
None since Dec 2011 - Dec 2012 period; see previous section.
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None since Dec 2011 - Dec 2012 period; see previous section. PDF's from 1851 to 2011/12 [with gaps] listed by individual Table numbers in each year can be accessed at [https://www.bazakolejowa.pl/index.php?dzial=rjp this link].
  
 
===<div id="ANRT"></div>Additional Notes on reading the Timetable===
 
===<div id="ANRT"></div>Additional Notes on reading the Timetable===
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*Rozkład jazdy komunikacji miejskiej według miast (Links to transport authority sites by city)
 
*Rozkład jazdy komunikacji miejskiej według miast (Links to transport authority sites by city)
  
or the following from the ZTM Warsaw website which gives links to [http://www.ztm.waw.pl/linki.php?c=104&l=1 Operators in the majority of towns in Poland]
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or the following from the ZTM Warsaw website which gives links to [https://www.wtp.waw.pl/linki/ Operators in the majority of towns in Poland]
  
 
==Maps==
 
==Maps==
 
===Printed Maps===
 
===Printed Maps===
*The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” * is a soft backed very detailed 1:300000 map comprising 102 pages and with notes in Polish, English and German published by Wydawnictwo Eurosprinter (ISBN 978-83-931006-3-7).  The unusual lines and future changes sections include references to pages in this atlas e.g. "R14".  A 2014 updated edition is available but only in Hardback.  
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*The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” * is a soft backed very detailed 1:300000 map comprising 102 pages and with notes in Polish, English and German published by Wydawnictwo Eurosprinter (ISBN 978-83-931006-3-7).  The unusual lines and future changes entries for Poland include references to pages in this atlas e.g. "R14".  A 2014 updated edition in Hardback was published but as at January 2020 both books were out of print.
*[https://www.europeanrailwayatlas.com European Railway Atlas]: Poland and Kaliningrad by M.G. Ball (10 November 2019) ISBN 978-1-9161212-1-8  
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*[https://www.europeanrailwayatlas.com European Railway Atlas]: Poland and Kaliningrad by M.G. Ball (v3 dated 05 February 2020) ISBN 978-1-9161212-1-8  
*[https://www.europeanrailwayatlas.com European Railway Atlas] by M.G. Ball (10 September 2017) ISBN 978-1-9997875-1-6
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*[https://www.europeanrailwayatlas.com European Railway Atlas - Enthusiast Edition] by M.G. Ball (1 August 2020) ISBN 978-1-9161212-9-4
 
*The now discontinued PKP timetable was accompanied by a separate map with enlargements of Warszawa and Katowice. It distinguished electrified, narrow-gauge and broad-gauge lines but some lines and curves with no service for a number of years were still shown.
 
*The now discontinued PKP timetable was accompanied by a separate map with enlargements of Warszawa and Katowice. It distinguished electrified, narrow-gauge and broad-gauge lines but some lines and curves with no service for a number of years were still shown.
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*[https://eurosprinter.com.pl/pl_atlasy-i-mapy,46.html?sLang=en Eurosprinter], a Polish company, publishes a map of Poland
  
 
===Web-based Maps===
 
===Web-based Maps===
*a countrywide but with zoom facility [http://mapa.kolej.one.pl/ on-line map] unfortunately without line numbers but shows current status, plus detail such as electrication and single/double track etc  
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*a countrywide but with zoom facility [https://www.bazakolejowa.pl/index.php?dzial=mapa#6/52.000/18.000 on-line map] unfortunately without line numbers but shows current status, plus detail such as electrification and single/double track etc  
 
* [https://www.openrailwaymap.org/ Open Railway map.] Zoom into Poland and this contains Line numbers at a much more detailed level than the Atlas Maly
 
* [https://www.openrailwaymap.org/ Open Railway map.] Zoom into Poland and this contains Line numbers at a much more detailed level than the Atlas Maly
*Thorsten Büker's [http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_poland.php Map of Poland] [Although this remains on-line, Mr Büker has advised they are not being updated so note for Poland it is dated 30 November 2011]
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*Thorsten Büker's [http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_poland.php Map of Poland] [Although this remains on-line, Mr Büker has advised they are not being updated so note for Poland it is dated 26 March 2018]
 
* EGTRE [[Maps and Plans#Poland|Maps and Plans - Poland]]
 
* EGTRE [[Maps and Plans#Poland|Maps and Plans - Poland]]
 
* Linked from the PKP Website http://mapa.plk-sa.pl/ so assumed to be official. It takes a short while to load.
 
* Linked from the PKP Website http://mapa.plk-sa.pl/ so assumed to be official. It takes a short while to load.
* Detailed individual train journey maps can be obtained from [https://beta.portalpasazera.pl/en/ the Beta Version] of the PKP Journey Planner which will even include any unusual booked route. After a search click on the three vertical line option on the right hand side of the screen.
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* Detailed individual train journey maps can be obtained from [https://portalpasazera.pl/en the Beta Version] of the PKP Journey Planner which will even include any unusual booked route. After a search click on the three vertical line option on the right hand side of the screen.
  
 
For anyone interested in historical maps plus line closure dates, [https://www.bazakolejowa.pl the bazakolejowa] website in Polish is a good starting point.
 
For anyone interested in historical maps plus line closure dates, [https://www.bazakolejowa.pl the bazakolejowa] website in Polish is a good starting point.
  
 
==Ticketing==
 
==Ticketing==
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If the boarding station is not staffed or has no machines, you can buy a ticket on the train without any extra charges but you must board at the first door and report to the conductor immediately. An additional fee may be charged if they come round the train to find you! If the ticket office on the station you start your journey is open, you can also buy a ticket on the train, but an extra charge will be added depending on ticket type and the length of the journey.
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PKP offers a number of network tickets which offer good value, although travellers need to take care differentiating between not only PKP Inter City and ''PolRegio'' services but even different types of regional service.   
 
PKP offers a number of network tickets which offer good value, although travellers need to take care differentiating between not only PKP Inter City and ''PolRegio'' services but even different types of regional service.   
 
The [http://www.polrail.com Polrail] travel website provides useful introductory information in English and can assist with ticket purchases for throughout Europe. The [http://kolej.darlex.pl/539 ''Świat Podróży Kolejowych''] website provides useful information in Polish, including:
 
The [http://www.polrail.com Polrail] travel website provides useful introductory information in English and can assist with ticket purchases for throughout Europe. The [http://kolej.darlex.pl/539 ''Świat Podróży Kolejowych''] website provides useful information in Polish, including:
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* Special offers (network tickets) > 5. OFERTY PROMOCYJNE
 
* Special offers (network tickets) > 5. OFERTY PROMOCYJNE
  
Terms and Conditions are constantly changing so this is not to be taken as definitive Information and prospective travellers should be aware that some regional operators accept only their own tickets so should check beforehand. Some regions accept PKP network tickets but none of them accepts ordinary (non-network) PKP tickets.
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Terms and Conditions are constantly changing so this is not to be taken as definitive Information and prospective travellers should be aware that some regional operators accept only their own tickets so should check beforehand. This may be a good [https://polregio.pl/en/for-travelers/help/mutual-ticket-acceptance/ start point]. Some regions accept PKP network tickets but none accept ordinary (non-network) PKP tickets.
 
*The following operators normally accept PKP network tickets: Arriva RP, ŁKA (except Sprinter services), KS, KW, KMŁ
 
*The following operators normally accept PKP network tickets: Arriva RP, ŁKA (except Sprinter services), KS, KW, KMŁ
 
*The following operators do not normally accept PKP network tickets: KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD, KD, SKM Trójmieście.
 
*The following operators do not normally accept PKP network tickets: KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD, KD, SKM Trójmieście.
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See [[Poland_-_General_Information#Other Railways|Other Railways]] for details of these operators.
 
See [[Poland_-_General_Information#Other Railways|Other Railways]] for details of these operators.
 
   
 
   
If the boarding station is not staffed or has no machines, it should be possible to buy a ticket on the train for no penalty if the passenger goes immediately to the front of the train where the guard will be located. An additional fee may be charged if they come round the train to find you!
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The [http://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/en/kategoria/oferta-dla-pasa%C5%BCera#site ''Koleje Mazowieckie''] website (the area round Warsaw) gives details of useful network type tickets. However, care should be taken to distinguish between ''Koleje Mazowieckie'' (KM) and  ''Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie'' (SKM) services as they only accept each other's tickets on certain routes, for example between central Warsaw and Warsaw Chopin Airport. ZTM (''Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego''), the Warsaw Transport Authority, has a useful [https://www.wtp.waw.pl/en/maps-schemas/ticket-zone-boundaries/ map] showing the tariff zone boundaries in the metropolitan area indicating where KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD have some limited inter-availability, plus details of daily or weekly zonal tickets covering all but main line and PR services. Additionally KM tickets are accepted by WKD under some conditions; see [https://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/en Honouring of Tickets].
 
 
The [http://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/en/kategoria/oferta-dla-pasa%C5%BCera#site ''Koleje Mazowieckie''] website (the area round Warsaw) gives details of useful network type tickets. However, care should be taken to distinguish between ''Koleje Mazowieckie'' (KM) and  ''Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie'' (SKM) services as they only accept each other's tickets on certain routes, for example between central Warsaw and Warsaw Chopin Airport. ZTM (''Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego''), the Warsaw Transport Authority, has a useful [http://www.ztm.waw.pl/pokazmapy.php?i=10&l=2 map] showing the tariff zone boundaries in the metropolitan area indicating where KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD have some limited inter-availibility, plus details of daily or weekly zonal tickets covering all but main line and PR services. Additionally KM tickets are accepted by WKD under some conditions; see [http://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/en/kategoria/honorowanie-bilet%C3%B3w#site Honouring of Tickets].
 
  
 
Some major stations are equipped with machines offering an extensive range of tickets (including some network tickets), which accept coins, notes and credit and debit cards. However, many stations have no ticket machines and even major ones only a few and not for all operators, Warszawa Centralna being the classic example where there are no SKM or KM machines. Ticket windows are the norm, often with separate windows for PKP Inter City and Regional services. Queues can be long, especially at peak times, and ample time should be allowed to buy tickets.
 
Some major stations are equipped with machines offering an extensive range of tickets (including some network tickets), which accept coins, notes and credit and debit cards. However, many stations have no ticket machines and even major ones only a few and not for all operators, Warszawa Centralna being the classic example where there are no SKM or KM machines. Ticket windows are the norm, often with separate windows for PKP Inter City and Regional services. Queues can be long, especially at peak times, and ample time should be allowed to buy tickets.
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===Infrastructure Authority===
 
===Infrastructure Authority===
 
The PKP Group subsidiary [http://en.plk-sa.pl/ ''Polskie Linie Kolejowe''] is responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure, timetabling and management of railway property.
 
The PKP Group subsidiary [http://en.plk-sa.pl/ ''Polskie Linie Kolejowe''] is responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure, timetabling and management of railway property.
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In January 2020 the Infrastructure Ministry revealed plans to transfer responsibility for some closed lines to the provinces. Dolnośląskie will be the first to acquire such lines.
  
 
===Network Statement===
 
===Network Statement===
[https://en.plk-sa.pl/for-customers-and-partners/the-rules-for-allocating-train-paths/network-statement-20182019/ 2018/19] and [https://en.plk-sa.pl/for-customers-and-partners/the-rules-for-allocating-train-paths/network-statement-20192020/ 2019/20]
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[https://en.plk-sa.pl/for-customers-and-partners/the-rules-for-allocating-train-paths/network-statement-20202021/ 2020/21] and [https://en.plk-sa.pl/for-customers-and-partners/the-rules-for-allocating-train-paths/network-statement-20212022/ 2021/22].
  
 
===Gauge===
 
===Gauge===
The main line network is Standard. In addition 394 km of a 1520mm gauge freight-only "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) between Sławków near Katowice and Vladimir in Ukraine is in Poland but this is not shown on any timetable map and was formerly part of PKP and known as the "Steel and Sulphur Railway". The LHS has a [https://lhs.com.pl/en separate website] plus a Supporters Club website [http://lhs.pl lhs.pl] with interactive maps and photographs.  A suggested extension into the Czech Republic/Austria is mentioned from time to time and seems to be gaining momentum with the increase in rail traffic from China etc but would be enormously expensive. Other broad gauge tracks cross into Poland on routes from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad.
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The main line network is Standard. In addition 394 km of a 1520mm gauge freight-only "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) between Sławków near Katowice and Vladimir in Ukraine is in Poland but this is not shown on any timetable map and was formerly part of PKP and known as the "Steel and Sulphur Railway". The LHS has a [https://lhs.com.pl/en separate website] plus a Supporters Club website [http://lhs.pl lhs.pl] with interactive maps and photographs.  A suggested extension into the Czech Republic/Austria is mentioned from time to time and seems to be gaining momentum with the increase in rail traffic from China etc but would be enormously expensive. Other broad gauge tracks cross into Poland on routes from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad, see [[https://egtre.info/wiki/Category:Border_Crossings EGTRE Poland]].
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A number of tramway systems are metre gauge including Bydgoszcz, Elbląg, Grudziądz, Łódź and Toruń.
  
 
===Electrification===
 
===Electrification===
Main line electrification is 3 kV DC. The WKD system in Warszawa (see Other Railways) was converted from 600 V to 3 kV DC on 27-28 May 2016.
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Main line electrification is 3 kV dc. The WKD system in Warszawa (see Other Railways) was converted from 600 V to 3 kV dc on 27-28 May 2016. Tramways are 600 V dc.
  
 
===Rule of the road===
 
===Rule of the road===
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The timetable PDFs (see the 'Downloadable Timetable' section above) give detailed distances for each station. The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” gives detailed distances for each station, junction and significant operating location.
 
The timetable PDFs (see the 'Downloadable Timetable' section above) give detailed distances for each station. The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” gives detailed distances for each station, junction and significant operating location.
  
The [http://semaforek.kolej.org.pl/wiki/index.php/Wykaz_linii_kolejowych_(Id12) Semaforek] website has a useful table of distances by line number (not table number). Enter the line number in the '' 'szukaj' '' box at the top right and click the search button.
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Two websites have tables of distances by line number (not table number).
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* In  [http://semaforek.kolej.org.pl/wiki/index.php/Wykaz_linii_kolejowych_(Id12) Semaforek] enter the line number in the '' 'szukaj' '' box at the top right and click the search button.
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* On the [https://www.atlaskolejowy.net/infra/ Atlaskolejowy] select the line from the drop down list labelled '' 'Wykaz linii kolejowych w Polsce' ''.
  
 
==Other Railways==
 
==Other Railways==
The last PKP operated Narrow Gauge scheduled passenger trains ran in July 2001 but a 4km part of ex PKP line 317 from Pleszew PKP to Pleszew Miasto was operated on SSuX [except school holidays] by a private Company SKPL, [Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych] until 7 December 2012. The branch is actually dual gauge and Standard gauge freight traffic continued, but even so it was a surprise that SKPL resumed a passenger service on 4 May 2015 which appears to have been a success as it continues in 2019!  [http://www.shortlines.pl SKPL]. Note that SKPL acquired standard gauge BzMot's which took over running the service from February 2017 until that summer when they were required elsewhere with the NG Railcar in regular use again. Germany Society IBSE reported the service will no longer be worked by NG Units and a June 2018 traveller was by BzMot.   
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The last PKP operated Narrow Gauge scheduled passenger trains ran in July 2001 but a 4km part of ex PKP line 317 from Pleszew PKP to Pleszew Miasto still ran SSuX [except school holidays] operated by private Company [http://www.shortlines.pl SKPL], [Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych] until 7 December 2012. The branch is actually dual gauge and Standard gauge freight traffic continued, then SKPL resumed a passenger service on 4 May 2015 which continues in 2020/21. Note the service is no longer narrow gauge railcars as SKPL acquired standard gauge BzMot's from Slovakia which took over the service from February 2017 until that summer (when they were required elsewhere) with the NG Railcars covering short term as a traveller in June 2018 was by BzMot. Apparently SKPL advertised an hourly Sunday afternoon narrow gauge service in August 2019, and this continued in 2020 from 2 July to the end of August 2020 and were included in the lines timetable. The images used were NG diesel and coaches.   
 
    
 
    
The DB subsidiary Usedomer Bäderbahn opened a 1.5 km extension from Seebad Ahlbeck Grenze to Świnoujście Centrum in Poland on 20 September 2008. Built mainly on a reinstated formation, there are plans to extend back into Germany to Garz Airport. There will be no physical connection to the PKP network which is on the opposite side of the River Odra.  
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The DB subsidiary Usedomer Bäderbahn opened a 1.5 km extension from Seebad Ahlbeck Grenze to Świnoujście Centrum in Poland on 20 September 2008. Built mainly on a reinstated formation, there are plans to extend back into Germany to Garz Airport. There will be no physical connection to the PKP network which is on the opposite side of the River Świna [although a road tunnel is under construction].  
  
 
See [[#Gauge|Gauge]] for details of the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line).
 
See [[#Gauge|Gauge]] for details of the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line).
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*SKM [http://www.skm.pkp.pl Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście] (Three Cities) operates local services in the Gdansk/Gdynia conurbation, including regional services between Gdynia and Slupsk, as well as some trains to Tczew and Malbork.
 
*SKM [http://www.skm.pkp.pl Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście] (Three Cities) operates local services in the Gdansk/Gdynia conurbation, including regional services between Gdynia and Slupsk, as well as some trains to Tczew and Malbork.
 
*Arriva RP [http://www.arriva.pl/en Arriva] operates local services in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province and partly in the Pomorskie and Mazowieckie provinces, based around Bydgoszcz, Toruń and Grudziądz.
 
*Arriva RP [http://www.arriva.pl/en Arriva] operates local services in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province and partly in the Pomorskie and Mazowieckie provinces, based around Bydgoszcz, Toruń and Grudziądz.
*ŁKA [https://lka.lodzkie.pl/mapa-polaczen/ Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna] operates local services around Łódź
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*ŁKA [https://lka.lodzkie.pl/strona-glowna/ Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna] operates local services and from 2020/21 to Ostrów Wielkopolski and Drzewica
 
*KD [https://www.kolejedolnoslaskie.eu Koleje Dolnośląskie] operates local services in Lower Silesia, the region around Wrocław.
 
*KD [https://www.kolejedolnoslaskie.eu Koleje Dolnośląskie] operates local services in Lower Silesia, the region around Wrocław.
 
*KMŁ [https://www.malopolskiekoleje.pl/ Koleje Małopolskie] operates local services in Małopolskie, the region around Krakow
 
*KMŁ [https://www.malopolskiekoleje.pl/ Koleje Małopolskie] operates local services in Małopolskie, the region around Krakow
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==Tourist Lines==
 
==Tourist Lines==
A number of ex PKP narrow gauge lines, and also ex Forestry Railways such at Cisna and Płociczno offer tourist or charter services.  
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A number of ex PKP narrow gauge, ex Forestry Railways or Park railways offer tourist or charter services. The Polish Government publish a report each year and [https://utk.gov.pl/pl/dokumenty-i-formularze/opracowania-urzedu-tran/16582,Koleje-waskotorowe-w-Polsce-2019.html for 2019 released in January 2021 can be accessed here.] This claimed 28 operated on 397.7km of track and carried 916,900 passengers. 
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The map in this report is poor so the following website with links to websites etc accessed through an interactive map at [http://www.narrowrail.net/poland/ Narrow Rail Poland] may assist.
  
A summary of all narrow gauge lines in Poland as at 2015 with links to websites etc can be ascertained using the interactive map at:-
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Some links to tourist lines are available on the [http://sinfin.net/railways/world/poland.html Sinfin.net site].
 
 
[http://www.narrowrail.net/poland/ Narrow Rail Poland]
 
  
 
Rail cycling is possible on a number of lines; see the [http://www.draisinenfahrten.de/index.html IG Draisinenfahrten website]. Click on 'International', followed by 'Draisinenlinks' to obtain website details under the heading 'Draisinenstrecken in Polen (PL)'.
 
Rail cycling is possible on a number of lines; see the [http://www.draisinenfahrten.de/index.html IG Draisinenfahrten website]. Click on 'International', followed by 'Draisinenlinks' to obtain website details under the heading 'Draisinenstrecken in Polen (PL)'.
 
Any further information on tourist line operations would be welcomed.
 
  
 
==Metro==
 
==Metro==
[http://www.metro.waw.pl Warszawa]. Two extensions opened in 2008, from Marymont to Słodowiec on 23 April, and onwards to Młociny on 27 October so Line 1 is now 23km long.
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[http://www.metro.waw.pl Warszawa]. An expanding Network with a 3.4km western extension from Rondo Daszyńskiego to Księcia Janusza opening on 4 April 2020 and extensions under construction at both ends of Line 2 planned to open in 2022 and 2024. See [https://www.metro.waw.pl/metro-w-warszawie on-line map].
The first seven station section of East - West Line 2 from Rondo Daszyńskiego [passing under the Vistula river between Powiśle and Stadion stations] to Dworzec Wileński opened on 8 March 2015. Their [https://www.metro.waw.pl/metro-w-warszawie on-line map] shows construction is underway extending Line 2 at both ends.
 
  
==Trams==
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== Trams/LRT-Systems ==
Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Gorzów [Suspended for upgrading of the tracks towards the end of 2017. All Tram routes are still bus substituted as of November 2019], Grudziądz, Katowice area [no longer including Gliwice as this part of the system closed on 31 August 2009], Kraków, Łódź [including interurban lines, although those to Lutomiersk [43] and Ozorkow [46] have closed], Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa, Wrocław.
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Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Grudziądz, Katowice area [no longer including Gliwice as this part of the network closed on 31 August 2009], Kraków, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa & Wrocław.
  
Some links are available on the [http://sinfin.net/railways/world/poland.html Sinfin.net site].
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The [http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/pl/poland.htm UrbanRailNet site] has basic diagrams for the systems plus links to the local operators.
  
See also [[Poland_-_Tram_services_over_obscure_routes|Poland - Tram services over obscure routes]]
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Some links are available on the [http://sinfin.net/railways/world/poland.html Sinfin.net site] and also see [[Poland_-_Tram_services_over_obscure_routes|Poland - Tram services over obscure routes]] for further details.
  
 
==Recent and future changes==
 
==Recent and future changes==
  
 
===Future Changes===
 
===Future Changes===
* Work to reopen Warszawa Główną, the Terminal station closed twenty years ago and then occupied by the National Railway Museum [to be relocated] has commenced 
 
*the re-opening and re-electrifying of line 28, the 3 km branch from Weiliszew to Zegrze is confirmed to be completed by 2022. To be served by an extension of the SKM service from Warsaw to Legionowo.
 
*line 285 a 200M Zloty contract has been signed for works to reopen Wrocław to Świdnica via Sobótka by 2020/21
 
*line 292 Wroclaw Soltysowice to Jelcz Miloszyce may reopen in 2021
 
*When Kościerzyna to Gdynia/Gdansk is closed for up to three years for doubling and electrification it is planned that the 14km freight line from podg Glincz via Stara Piła [line 229] to Gdansk Kokoszki [line 234], plus 1.5km onwards currently lifted to Gdańsk Kiełpinek will be used temporarily from the end of 2021. The local Voivodship suggestion of this reopening being extended to Gdańsk Wrszeszc does not appear to be included in this plan.
 
* There are studies underway into reopening:-
 
*line 212 fromn Lipusz - Bytów with a direct service to the Tri-Cities
 
*line 228 [Gdynia] - Rumia - Gdynia Port Oksywie
 
*line 35 Ostrołęka - Chorzele
 
* Freight line potential reopenings but included here as lengthy: 33km of 283 south from Żagań to Osiecznica Kliczkow on the line towards Zebrzydowa  is planned for reopening in 2023, as is a 55km section of line 410 between Grotnik Drawskie and Drawno via Zlociniec on T385 and Kalisz Pomorski on T365 by 2026. Neither plan includes work to passenger traffic standard but on the latter, West Pomeranian Voivodeship have stated that if it was they would help with renovating onwards from Drawno to the junction with T360 at Choszczno…….
 
*a 5.9km section of long closed line 341 between Dzierżoniów Ślaski and Bielawa Zachodnia is fully funded to reopen
 
*the 27km line 52 from Lewki - Hajnowka reopened to freight in 2018, and a weekend only passenger services was planned from 9 June 2019 but associated works are not planned to complete until 27 October 2020 so passenger use is unlikely until 2020/21. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Bialystok is reinstated. 
 
*216 Wroclaw Soltysowice to Jelcz Miloszyce is planned to reopen in 2021. This follows the temporary opening of an 8km section to Wroclaw Wojnow from 10 April to 23 June 2017
 
* EU funding for electrification and reopening of line 182 from Tarnowskie Góry via Katowice [Pyrzowice] Airport to Zawiercie was granted in September 2018, with construction planned to start in 2020 and an estimated opening date in 2022. 
 
* In August 2018 the European Commission announced a funding contribution to the 7km Y-shaped underground route from Łódź Fabryczna via the new station at Łódź Centrum to Łódź Kaliska and Żabieniec. Completion is planned in January 2022.
 
* It was suggested that Wągrowiec to Rogoźno may reopen again as apparently passenger use of the direct line to Poznan has doubled since the recent refurbishment and it has no additional capacity. No timings in 2020 draft PDFs.
 
  
* Rail Baltica
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A surprise in a [https://www.rynek-kolejowy.pl/wiadomosci/stacja-bialystok-zmienia-sie-dla-podroznych-100483.html January 2021 press article] was as part of works already underway in the Białystok area, the long closed "avoiding line" from the line to Elk (No. 38) to the Czeremcha line (No. 32) is being re-instated. As the article says trains will not have to change direction at Białystok station it is assumed it would be used by passenger services calling at a new station also being built between Białystok Starosielce and Białystok Nowe Miasto [relatively new station on the Czeremcha line].
** The decision on which route from Białystok is to be upgraded appears to have been taken as in January 2018 PKP PLK awarded contracts for (1) detail design planning for the complete renewal as a double track alignment of the line to Ełk by 2023 and (2) a feasibility study to upgrade Ełk to Suwałki and to the Lithuanian border. The latter is to include the reinstatement of the curve bypassing Olecko and relocation of Suwałki station; these will eliminate two reversals. On the latter, an Implementing Decision adopted by the European Commission on 26 October 2018 stated construction is to commence in 2020 with completion by the end of 2025. Allegedly it is to be double track and electrified throughout.  
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** A March 2019 announcement advised that plans are for four passenger trains per day from Tallinn to Warszawa with two extra per day between Vilnius, Kaunas and Warszawa when the line opens in 2026, plus Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin and Vilnius – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin overnight trains.  
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Rail travel promotion is a popular topic in Government at present, the latest initiative being a ''Kolej +'' program for upgraded, new or reinstated rail connections to cities with a population of over 10,000 currently without a railway station. The budget is PLN 5.6 billion, which would be increased by a compulsory 15% contribution from local government on any that proceed. Applications can also be for new stations or modernization of the existing network, [e.g.  new passing loops], with any approved to be implemented by 2028. 96 applications were made for initial evaluation and 79 (over 80%) met the formal requirements and qualified to the second stage as per an announcement on 27 November 2020. Local governments have 12 months to prepare planning and forecasts from public consultations and to submit a document confirming the security of financing of a minimum of 4 pairs of trains for 5 years.
** Linked with this, works to refurbish Ostrołęka - Łapy for use by allegedly both passenger and freight trains when Czyżew - Białystok on the main line is closed for refurbishment were completed in Summer 2018. Press coverage also mentioned diversions via Czeremcha but use by passenger services does not appear to have progressed.  
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* The Zawada avoider [1.9km] is planned to be reinstated to speed up services between Lublin and Zamość.
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Of note is that 47 would involve new or reinstated track as taken from the published [https://www.plk-sa.pl/files/public/user_upload/pdf/Kolej_Plus/2020.11.23_LISTA_PROJEKTOW_ZAKWALIFIKOWANYCH_do_II_ETAPU_PROGRAMU_KOLEJ_....pdf PKP PLK list] as shown below by Region:-
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Dolnośląskie
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* 181 Oleśnica - Syców - Kępno
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* 289 Legnica – Złotoryja – Jerzmanice Zdrój
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* 290 Zgorzelec – Bogatynia
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* 310 Kobierzyce - Piława Górna. Kobierzyce is halfway down the pending re-opening from Wrocław to Swidnica
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 +
Kujawsko-Pomorskie
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* 246 Unisław Pomorski - Chełmno  [off the Bydgoszcz Fordon – Chelmza – Torun line]
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* All new railway connection from Bydgoszcz via Koronowo [on ex line 241] -  Więcbork and freight line 281 via Sępólno Krajeńskie to Chojnice
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* 206 Żnin – Inowrocław plus
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* Żnin – Bydgoszcz, so assume via the route of the long closed line to Szubin, then 390
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Lubelskie
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* 14 Żagań - Szprotawa [on the line to Głogów]
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* 275 Bieniów - Lubsko
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* 358 Czerwiensk - Krosno Odrzańskie - Gubin – DB border
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* 363 Skwierzyna – Międzychód [also see Wielkopolskie]
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* 364 Międzyrzecz – Wierzbno  (- Międzychód)
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* 415 Gorzów Wlkp. – Myślibórz [Also approved in Zachodniopomorskie section... ]
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Łódzkie
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* Construction of a new line connecting 131 Chorzew Siemkowice with 181 Wieluń
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* 24 Modernization and electrification Piotrków Trybunalski - Bełchatów with extension to Bogumiłów
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Małopolskie
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* Construction of new Kraków - Myślenice railway [off from 135 I believe] 
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* Construction of new [Kraków-] Podłęże - Niepołomice All new line as the old closed route 113 is now a road!
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* Construction of new Kraków - Olkusz railway
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Mazowieckie
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* 34 Małkinia - Ostrów Mazowiecka
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* 55 Siedlce - Sokołów Podlaski – Małkinia
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* Construction of a new Sokołów Podlaski to Warsaw line via Węgrów and Mrozy
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* Construction of a new Warsaw – Grjójec line. It is believed this is planned to use part of the closed NG line formation south west from Piasecno
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* Construction of Zegrze – Przasnysz, note to Zegrze is still to re-open but under construction
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* 937 Nowa Iwiczna - Jeziorna freight branch in south Warszaw
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 +
Opolskie
 +
* 177, 294 Racibórz – Glubczyce - Racławice Śląskie
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 +
Podkarpackie
 +
* New line from Dębica on the Kraków – Rszezów line to Jasło
 +
 
 +
Podlaskie
 +
* An odd one as it quotes electrification of 36 Śniadowo – Łapy & 49 Śniadowo - Łomża but no mention of Ostrołęka – Śniadowo which is currently freight only and not electrified...
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 +
Pomorskie
 +
* 212 Bytów – Korzybie is on the list but the long suggested reopening of Bytów - Lipusz is not
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 +
Śląskie
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* 141 an alternative connection between Gliwice & Katowice via 141, 164 and 651
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* 142 Passenger service on this alternative route between Tychy via Katowice Murcki to Katowice Ligota
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* 159 Jastrzębia-Zdroj – Katowice but doesn’t specify if to the east or west from Jastrzębia-Zdroj, but assumed means east to the triangle junction with the Żary – Chybie line east of Pawlowice Śląskie as this has been mentioned previously as a potential re-opening
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* 162 Dąbrowa Górnica Strzemieszyce - Dąbrowa Górnica Huta
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* 189 and 132, a proposed new Zabrze - Bytom service via Ruda Chebzie and a new south to east curve from Kuźnica to Bytom Bobrek Wschod
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* 198 Reconstruction of the dismantled Pyskowice – Pyskowice Miasto
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 +
Świętokrzyskie
 +
* 25 including electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki - Skarżysko Kamienna
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 +
Warmińsko mazurskie
 +
* 35 [Ostrołęka -] Chorzele - Wielbark - Szczytno
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* 41 Ełk – Olecko – Gołdap
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* 223 Czerwonka - Biskupiec - Mrągowo - Mikołajki – Orzysz [- Ełk]
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* 431 Działdowo – Brodnica
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 +
Wielkopolskie
 +
* Construction of a new railway line Turek – Konin
 +
* 360 [Leszno -] Kąkolewo -  Gostyń
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* 368 Międzychód – Szamotuły  [also see Lubelskie]
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* 369 Śrem – Czempiń
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* 390/236 Wągrowiec - Rogoźno - Czarnków
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 +
Zachodniopomorskie
 +
* 410, 411, 422 (Szczecin) – Stargard Szczeciński - Pyrzyce - Myślibórz - Dębno – Kostrzyn
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 +
So by deduction the following applications were not approved:-
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 +
* line 212 Lipusz - Bytów with a direct service to the Tri-Cities
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* line 228 [Gdynia] - Rumia - Gdynia Port Oksywie
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* new line via Poznań Ławica Airport and Tarnów Podgórne to Kaźmierz, linking in with 363 reopening onwards to Międzychód
 +
* line 429 [Szczecin] - Stobno Szczeciński - Dobra Szczecińska
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Outside of ''Kolej+'' the Dolnośląski Voivodeship is currently very pro-rail as evidenced by recent and pending re-openings and they purchased six routes from PKP SA on November 28 2019. None of the following were in the Stage 1 ''Kolej +'' approvals so it is assumed funding applications are being arranged by the Voivodeship:-
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* 284 Jerzmanice-Zdrój – Lwówek Śląski
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* 291 Wałbrzych Szczawienko − Boguszów Gorce Wschod
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* 310 Kobierzyce– Piława Górna
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* 316 Chojnów – Rokitki
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* 327 Ścinawka Średnia – Radków
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* 318 Srebrna Góra– Bielawa Zachodnia plus
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 +
* line 285 from Świdnica Kraszowice to Jedlina Zdrój on the Wałbrzych  – Kłodzko line is planned to re-open in 2022 with reconstruction well under way in parts already in late 2020. It closed to passengers in May 1990
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 +
* 317 Gryfów Śląski to Mirsk and 336 from Mirsk to Świeradów Zdrój [effectively one branch] were acquired in late May 2020 with the intention of a passenger service "within two years" and the works Tender bids are due back by 21/01/2021.
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 +
Other prospective purchases are:-
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 +
* 283 Jelenia Góra - Lwówek Śląski, 308 Kamienna Góra - Kowary - [Mysłakowice] and 340 Jelenia Góra - Mysłakowice - Karpacz
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 +
* The CPK Plan [Centralny Port Komunikacyjny, https://www.cpk.pl] as approved by a 10 May 2018 Act of Parliament envisaged a new Airport being built to the west of Warsaw near Stanisławów north west of Grodzisk Mazowiecki by winter 2027/2028. Up to 1,789km of new railways to allow reaching the airport or Warsaw in less than 2½ hours were part of the ambitious plans.   
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* The 3 year contract with PKP Cargo to operate steam on limited service trains from Wolsztyn was due to expire in May 2020 [steam resumed after a gap since 31 March 2014 on 15 May 2017] but funding was provided until November 28 2020. In October 2020 a tender specifying steam traction to the same level as now was issued for 2021, apparently a legal requirement, with steam services to resume after the usual Xmas/New Year break on January 18 through to November 27 2021. A [http://www.parowozy.com.pl/news.htm highly recommended but UNOFFICIAL website] reports daily on steam workings. The normal 2020 steam service was two pairs SSuX Wolsztyn - Leszno and two pairs SO Wolsztyn - Poznan, with the Monday to Friday service changing due to engineering work to three pairs Wolsztyn - Zbąszynek SSuX [16 March - 30 June and from 1 - 26 October 2020] or to Poznan [9 -20 November]. Any travellers should note it is usual for steam to cease during August and from late November through December and over the New Year for staff holidays. The annual Steam Parade scheduled for 2 May 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.
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* Work to reopen Warszawa Główną by 13 March 2021 has commenced. This Terminal station closed on 23 May 1998 and became the site of the National Railway Museum [to be relocated] and is initially for use whilst engineering work reduces capacity through Warszawa Centralna. Despite appearing in the 2019/20 Peron sheets with just one arrival SSuX at 07:43 from Sochaczew from 16 March 2020, this service was a bus!
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* in the budget for refurbishing line 146 to Wisła Głębce is funding for works on ex Table 147 from Goleszów - Cieszyn. Work has commenced with a target re-opening date of the December 2021 Timetable change.
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* line 285 a 200M Zloty contract has been signed for works to reopen Wrocław to Świdnica via Sobótka with works planned to complete "by the end of 2021".
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* 216 line 292 from Wroclaw Sołtysowice to Jelcz Miłoszyce is planned to reopen in "mid 2021". This follows the temporary opening of an 8km section to Wrocław Wojnow from 10 April 2017 to 8 December 2018
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* 421 Aleksandrów Kujawski - Ciechocinek This 6.8km branch is suggested as a candidate for re-opening subject to agreement on costs with PKP PLK and obtaining appropriate funding. The aspiration is by September 2021. 
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* When Kościerzyna to Gdynia/Gdansk is closed for up to three years for doubling and electrification, the 14km freight line from podg Glincz via Stara Piła [line 229] to Gdansk Kokoszki [line 234], plus 1.5km currently lifted to Gdańsk Kiełpinek will initially be a temporary alternative [with buses onwards]. It should be noted that Gdańsk Kiełpinek is a station on the line from Gdańsk Wrszeszc to the Airport and some maps show the reopened line connecting with this,  but when the local Voivodship suggested services be extended to Gdańsk Wrszeszc this was not included in the re-opening plan, assumed to be related to the electrification works. The successful tender with reduced specifications from the original was awarded on the basis of completion by the end of 2022. 
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 +
* the contract to re-open and re-electrify line 28, the 3 km branch from Weiliszew to Zegrze was signed in April 2020 for passenger services in the fourth quarter of 2022. To be served by an extension of the SKM service from Warsaw to Legionowo.
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* The Szczecin suburban upgrade started in December 2019 including reopening line 406 26km north to Police with completion planned in 2022.
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* EU funding for electrification and reopening of line 182 from Tarnowskie Góry via Katowice [Pyrzowice] Airport to Zawiercie was granted in September 2018, but delays on Tendering meant a contract was only signed in October 2020 for construction from the first quarter of 2021 for completion in the first quarter of 2023.
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* the TBM for the 7km Y-shaped underground tunnel from Łódź Fabryczna via new stations at Łódź Polesie and Łódź Śródmieście with links north and south to both Łódź Żabieniec and Łódź Kaliska started work in Summer 2020 with completion allegedly delayed for at least a year from the planned end of 2022. Additionally and still at the Study stage are plans for a second tunnel for use by fast trains which will again be from Łódź Fabryczna but direct with no stations to near Lublinek on the line towards Zduńska Wola/Wrocław.
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* The long discussed new curve (tables 100/109) from the CMK towards Kielce was believed to be moving forward with completion planned by 2022 but  in January 2021 it will only go ahead after public and government consultation and EU funding is guaranteed. Perhaps as a consequence PKP PLK have now suggested part of their 2021-2027 plans would be to propose a north to east curve off the CMK near Opoczno to connect with the line 25 Łódzkie and Świętokrzyskie Voivodship Kolej+ application to both electrify and reopen [Tomaszów Mazowiecki -] Opoczno - Skarżysko Kamienna...
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* The Zawada avoider [1.9km] is planned to be reinstated to speed up services between Lublin and Zamość
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* line 35 Ostrołęka - Chorzele Work is to reopen despite a suggestion that Voivodship funding may be redirected elsewhere as 40 km of the old track has already been dismantled and the contractor has purchased 70% of the sleepers, rails and crushed stone needed. PLK plans to complete the project in mid-2022
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The next 10 year PKP IC Public Service Contract to provide non-commercial services under a public contract from December 2021 was funded, signed and agreed including an aspiration to vastly increase train miles from 120,000 trains in 2021 to more than 196,000 by 2030 and introduce IC services to many places currently without them. This would allegedly include re-opening Brodnica to Sierpc and Ełk to Olecko, plus serve Kłobuck at the south end of the CMK, Kartuzy & Kościerzyna, Grudziądz and Kwidzyn and Ostrołęka.
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 +
A map accredited to the Ministry of Infrastructure and PKP PLK was supported by a public announcement in May 2020 by no less than the Polish Prime Ministers' Office advising of a project for 150 “new” stations to be added to the passenger network by 2025. The map included:-
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* Line 36 11 stations between Łapy and Ostrołęka 88km
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PKP PLK have issued an investment plan up to 2040 with works costed at PLN 250 billion with EU funds to play a huge role in its financing. The list is to be regard as preliminary and observers are already suggesting that full implementation is extremely unlikely. It includes many of those listed above which would be taken forward by Local Voivodeships and ''Kolej +'' but those ''only'' in the PKP PLK documents are:-
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 +
* Brand new lines from Jasło - Dębica, Przemyśl - Zagórz, Chorzew Siemkowice to Wieluń, Płock - Raciąż - Ciechanów - Ostrołęka, Modlin - Ostrołęka, Gdynia - Wiczlino - Bojano and route 73 to the centre of Busko Zdrój plus re-openings of 
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* 159 via Jastrzębie Zdrój from both Wodzisław and Żory
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* 132 Bytom Bobrek – Pyskowice primarily for freight but a passenger service to be considered. The linked reinstatement of 198 Paczyna to Pyskowice Miasto, possibly on a new alignment is in the Kolej+ bids
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* 230 Wejherowo - Góra Pomorska
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 +
There are plans for a circular service around Poznań via Poznań Franowo to Suchy Las on the Piła line.
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 +
The Local Councils around Sanok and Zagórz allocated 50,000 PLN in their 2021 Budget for subsidising a SKPL operated daily local service from Sanok via Zagórz to Łupków but it will need additional financial support before it can commence. They have aspirations to expand this to services between Besko – Zagórz, Sanok Dąbrówka – Łupków and Sanok Dąbrówka – Ustrzyki Dolne [the latter on a freight only line where a summer only 2 day a week service is due to commence in 2021] but the Marshall's Office are of the opinion that bus services serve this remote community area better so this looks unlikely to proceed further.
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 +
Rail Baltica
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** PKP PLK awarded contracts in January 2018 for (1) detail design planning for the complete renewal as a double track alignment of the line from Białystok to Ełk by 2023, (2) a feasibility study to upgrade Ełk to Suwałki and to the Lithuanian border. The latter is to include the reinstatement of the curves bypassing Olecko and Suwałki with relocation of the latter station; these will eliminate two reversals. Allegedly it is to be double track and electrified throughout. At a March 2020 EU Rail Baltica Conference, PKP advised they hope to have all works completed by 2027.
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** A March 2019 announcement advised that plans are for four passenger trains per day from Tallinn to Warszawa with two extra per day between Vilnius, Kaunas and Warszawa, plus Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin and Vilnius – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin overnight trains.  
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** Linked with this, works to refurbish Ostrołęka - Łapy for use when Czyżew - Białystok on the main line is closed for refurbishment were completed in Summer 2018. Press coverage also suggested passenger diversions via Czeremcha but despite long periods of closures and single line working on the direct main line there have been none via either route.
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* PKP PLK issued a Tender in October 2017 for the long discussed new line from Podłęże [east of Krakow] to both Mszana Dolna towards Chabowka and Tymbark towards Nowy Sącz on line 104, and an associated upgrade of the entire line between Chabówka and Nowy Sacz. Completion is estimated by 2026.
 
* PKP PLK issued a Tender in October 2017 for the long discussed new line from Podłęże [east of Krakow] to both Mszana Dolna towards Chabowka and Tymbark towards Nowy Sącz on line 104, and an associated upgrade of the entire line between Chabówka and Nowy Sacz. Completion is estimated by 2026.
* EU Funding was agreed in March 2018 for the Zachodniopomorskie province proposal to develop suburban services around Szczecin including re-opening of the 26km line 406 to Police
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* the 20 km Śrem – Czempiń line south of Poznań may reopen as a cost-benefit analysis confirmed the works are eligible for central government financing. Preparatory works could be completed in 2021.
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* From June 2017 Ukrainian citizens no longer need a Visa to visit the EU, so daytime services were introduced, then increased on existing cross border routes. There were suggestions others may reopen including via Rawa-Russka with even test trains on some long closed lines such as Zagorz - Kroscienko - Chirów and Przemysl - Nizankowice - [Chirów] using a SKPL BzMot or Engineering vehicles respectively!  Full details are in the EGTRE Cross Border section.
* A contract on the feasibility of doubling and electrifying the Bydgoszcz – Kościerzyna – Gdynia route for diverting freight traffic off the existing main line was awarded in February 2018. It will also investigate possible electrification of the Wierzchucin – Tuchola – Chojnice, Czersk – Chojnice, and Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta – Czersk – Bąk routes.
 
 
   
 
   
* PKP PLK in February 2018 awarded a contract for design work for electrification of Korsze – Ełk with associated track renewal.
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* Tarnów - Dąbrowa Tarnowska (and possibly to Szczucin). Short Line operator SKPL, better known for running the Pleszew branch service, approached the local Authorities in 2017 with an offer to reopen the 24km to Dąbrowa Tarnowska with a subsidy but as there was no agreement on funding this has not moved forward. The Dąbrowa Tarnowska Council are still keen but with a new bus service to Szczucin parallel to the line commencing in September 2020 it is not looking hopeful. 
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* In February 2018 Łódzkie voivodship awarded a contract to plan electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Opoczno.
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* Line 249. PKM are considering reopening the Gdansk Nowy Port branch to regular services, as opposed to the infrequent services already running for events at the Expo Stadium
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* 151: the Tychy Lodowisko service is planned to be extended and electrified via podg Piast and Nowy Bieruń to Oświęcim with 5 station re-openings to assist car plant workers with their commuting. Despite press articles in May 2020 saying funding was not available for construction, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. signed a PLN 10 million contract with the Silesian Voivodeship in July 2020 for documentation, to lead towards an application for EU funds from the 2021-2027 Budgets. 
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*  Improvements are planned to the 5.6 km freight branch serving Warsaw Modlin Airport in order to provide a passenger service. Originally planned to include a new 1.5 km underground section and station at the Terminal, it is believed plans are now a ground level station close to the Airport.
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* Finance has been obtained to build a new 5km branch off the Rzeszów to Ocice line to serve Rzeszów-Jasionka airport with an estimated opening date  of the end of 2023.
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Electrification
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* Rzeszów – Ocice (line 71) for completion by the end of 2021.
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* A contract on the feasibility of doubling and electrifying the Bydgoszcz – Kościerzyna – Gdynia route for diverting freight traffic off the existing main line was awarded in February 2018 which was to investigate possible electrification of Wierzchucin – Tuchola – Chojnice, Czersk – Chojnice, and Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta – Czersk – Bąk with new curves on and off 426 Chojnice - Tczew. It is assumed this was positive as in October 2020 a contract for preparation of design documentation by the third quarter of 2023 was granted for modernization from Nowa Wieś Wielka through Bydgoszcz to Gdynia, line 203 from Tczew to Czersk, line 215 from Szlachta via Czersk to Bąk and reconstruction of the currently closed line 744 from Lipowa Tucholska to Szlachta West plus two proposed new curves between line 203 and 201 from Łąg Południe - Czarna Woda and Szałamaje - Łąg. It would appear there are plans for at least the new east to south and reinstated line 744 to have a passenger service as the documentation proposes a new Szlachta Zachód station!
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* PKP PLK awarded a contract in February 2018 for design work on electrifying Korsze – Ełk but this has allegedly been delayed until after and not alongside associated track renewal so this may not commence until 2023.  
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* In February 2018 Łódzkie Voivodship awarded a contract to plan electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Opoczno.
  
* From June 2017 Ukrainian citizens no longer need a Visa to visit the EU, so single pair daytime services were introduced then increased on existing cross border routes with suggestions others may reopen. These include via Rawa-Russka plus there have been test trains on some long closed lines such as Kroscienko - Chirów and Przemysl - Nizankowice - [Chirów] using a SKPL BzMot or Engineering vehicles respectively! 
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Freight line potential re-openings but included here as lengthy lines
 
* The long discussed new curve (tables 100/109) from the CMK towards Kielce is moving forward, planned for completion by 2022.
 
  
* Short Line operator SKPL, better known for running the Pleszew NG service, approached the local Authorities in 2017 with an offer to reopen the 24km line from Tarnów - Dąbrowa Tarnowska (and possibly later through to Szczucin, a further 24km) subject to receiving a subsidy of approximately PLN 1,200,000 annually.  
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* a 55km section of line 410 between Grotnik Drawskie and Drawno via Zlociniec on T385 and Kalisz Pomorski on T365 by 2026. Neither includes work to passenger traffic standard but West Pomeranian Voivodeship have stated that if it was they would help with renovating onwards from Drawno to the junction with T360 at Choszczno…
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* 33km of 283 south from Żagań to Osiecznica Kliczkow on the line towards Zebrzydowa was planned but PKP PLK annulled the tender in May 2020 as all offers greatly exceeded the cost estimate.
  
* 381 Słupsk to Ustka. An agreement between PKP PLK and the Pomeranian Voivodship was signed on 28 February 2017 mentioning two new stops, Słupsk Strefa and Ustka Osiedle. The latter is one stop beyond Ustka on the former route to Sławno and closer to the Baltic coast. It has been suggested this extension may open at the December 20199 timetable date, and an all year round service commence.
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===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 13 December 2020===
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* 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Czersk trains services resumed to a limited level and SSuX from 18 January 2021
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* 131 The all year Peron sheets show a Saturday outbound, Sunday return from Kraków Główny to Łupków between 26 June and 25 September via Uherce, [reverse] thereby reopening part of the line towards Ukraine and running via two sides of the triangle north of Zagórz
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* 300/601/606 There are numerous diversions via Warszawa Gdanska from 17 March 2021 with line 19, the connection at Warsawa Golabki, line 509, curves to/from Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Rembertow with scheduled services
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* 600a Warszawa Główna is due to reopen on 14 March 2021
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* 537 international trains from Bialystok to Kaunas (LG) are planned to run daily from 1 January 2021
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* 543 Lewki to Hajnówka reopens on 1 January 2021. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Białystok is reinstated
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* 113 local services resumed between Tomaszów Mazowiecki and Drzewica
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* 356 One northbound Węgliniec - Żary service is booked all year to use line 389 from Jankowa Żagańska to Żary
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* 416 In addition to the ongoing Covid related suspensions listed below, all services between Bydgoszcz and Chełmża were suspended from the new timetable until a limited SSuX service resumed on 18 January 2021
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* 555 Electric services commenced between Lublin - Stalowa Wola Rozwadów on 13 December 2020 but this meant no services were booked via the north to west curve at Stalowa Wola Charzewice as the Rzeszów IC's now either reverse at Stalowa Wola Rozwadów or via the Przeworsk avoider. PKP have announced they will resume using this curve once the line via Ocice is electrified, planned for December 2021.
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* 614 The doubling between Otwock and Pilawa came into full use from 13 December 2020 with most but not all fast services resuming running via this route and reopening line 506 from Warszawa Wawer to podg Warsawa Antoninów
  
* Line 249. PKM are considering reopening the Gdansk Nowy Port branch to regular services, as opposed to the infrequent services already running for events at the Expo Stadium
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===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 15 December 2019===
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The Kujawskie-Pomorskie Voivoidship transport contracts with Arriva and the local Polregio were due to end in December 2020 with renewals planned to last 15 years. Mainly due to the pandemic they opted to sign one-year contracts with both carriers with the main tender postponed for a year. In the meantime use of certain services plummeted from an already low base so the following were suspended:-
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* part 410 Sierpc - Toruń Wschodni no service after 18 March, [except 27/28 April] with the local Marshall's Office announcing in November 2020 that it will remain suspended until December 2021, saying users were mostly students who were no longer travelling
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* 424 Wierzchucin - Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta was suspended after 18 March until 6 June when it resumed withone pair SSuO. It then appears to have been completely suspended from an unknown date ongoing
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* 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Szlachta - Czersk was suspended after 18 March until 1 June 2020 and completely suspended from an unknown date until 18 January 2021
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* 431a Laskowice Pomorskie to Wierzchucin suspended from 18 March 2020 ongoing
  
* 151: It was suggested the Tychy Lodowisko service may be extended 8 km to Bierun Stary to assist car plant workers with their commuting but this does not appear to have advanced in recent years.
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A number of other Sparse Services including all cross border local services were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic from various dates in Spring 2020. The dates are taken from the all year PDFs as per November 2020.  
  
* Improvements are planned to the 5.6 km freight branch serving Warsaw Modlin Airport in order to provide a passenger service. Originally planned to include a new 1.5 km underground section and station at the Terminal, it is believed this will now be replaced by a ground level station close to the Airport.
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* 203 the SSuO Nysa - Głuchołazy Miasto was suspended after 13 April until 30 August
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* 235 the SSuO Nysa – Kamieniec Zabkowice was suspended after 11 April until 30 August
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* 381 Słupsk - Ustka Uroczysko were withdrawn after 22 March but resumed on the 27 June
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* 384 Sławno - Darłowo were withdrawn after 15 March, again resuming on 27 June
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* 612 the new for 2019/20 Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to Łódź Fabryczna IC’s were suspended from 18 March ongoing
  
* Rzeszów – Ocice (line 71) is to be electrified by 2020.
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Normal alterations
  
* There are plans for a new 5km branch off the Rzeszów to Ocice line to serve Rzeszów-Jasionka airport.
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* 146a Chybie - Żory has had no service since 8 May but are shown to restart with just one pair on 31 October
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* 130  Stróże avoiding line only used in June FO and SuO.
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* 370 Services to/from Świnoujście Port were suspended from 14 March 2020 due to ongoing work adapting the adjacent Ferry Terminal for larger ships. This is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022
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* 503 from [Olsztyn -] Gutkowo to Braniewo has been bustituted for some time, allegedly for refurbishment work but Tenders were issued by section. When some Tenders were withdrawn by PKP PLK as estimates where exceeded, with no date for resumption of train services the Marshall's Office stopped funding the replacement buses. These were withdrawn from 1 April 2020 with not even a line PDF in the June 2020 Timetable Adjustment. On 25 June 2020 a tender for renewal of a middle part from Dobre Miasto - Orneta [2020/21] was awarded, so as Orneta – Pieniężno [2022/23] had been awarded earlier and allegedly no work is required to reopen Pieniężno to Braniewo as trains could run at 50 kmh, once a Contractor was selected for Gutkowo to Dobre Miasto in December 2020 [work in 2021/22] this meant the whole line can eventually be re-opened.
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* Electrification between Węgliniec and Zgorzelec was completed in time for the December 2019 timetable change. Related to this some DB services were extended cross border to Zgorzelec [but note Görlitz to Zgorzelec is not electrified] and the one train using the Zgorzelec avoiding curve ceased
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* 130 Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia service will run SSuO in winter for the first time in many years from 28 December 2019 to 23 February 2020. The 2020 summer dates were from 27 June to 6 September
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* a 5.9km section of long closed line 341 between Dzierżoniów Ślaski and Bielawa Zachodnia reopened on 15 December 2019 as Table 234
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* 267 Beyond Lubin Górniczy to Rudna Gwizdanów reopened on 15 December 2019
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* 350 part Głogów to Leszno reopened on 15 December 2019
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* 381 Słupsk to Ustka. An extension one stop beyond Ustka on the former route to Sławno and closer to the Baltic coast to Ustka Uroczysko opened on 15 December 2019. Additionally the branch had a timetabled year round service for the first time in many years.
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* long promised work on upgrading the tracks through Warszawa Centralna commenced resulting in diversion of the hourly Legionowo Piaski to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina service via Warszawa Gdańska and Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8 until 26 September 2020, and then again from 13 November 2020
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* IC trains to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to/from Łódź Fabryczna commenced on 15 December 2019 that use previously freight only lines 510 to Warszawa Golabki and 19 to Piastow but were suspended later in the year due to Covid-19.
  
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 9 December 2018===
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 9 December 2018===
* 126/555 when Lublin to Stalowa Wola Rozwadów reopened on 1 September 2019 after electrification, the through Lublin - Tarnobrzeg - Rzeszow services no longer used curve 565 from Stalowa Wola Towarowy – Pilchów. Last use was therefore on 1 March 2018.  
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* 247 The cross border service from Sędlisław to Trutnov in the Czech Republic went from 4 pairs SSuO to 1 pair daily on 2 September 2019. 
* 267 Legnica via Lubin Górniczy to Rudna Gwizdanów reopened on 9 June 2019
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* 126/555 when Lublin to Stalowa Wola Rozwadów reopened on 1 September 2019 after electrification, the through Lublin - Tarnobrzeg - Rzeszów services no longer used curve 565 from Stalowa Wola Towarowy – Pilchów. Last use was therefore on 1 March 2018. [subsequently reopened…]
* 554 The reinstated 1.6km Rejowiec avoiding curve reopened to passenger services on 9 June 2019.
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* 130 a summer only weekends cross border service from Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia resumed from 29 June to 1 September 2019
* 130 a summer only weekends cross border service from Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia resumed from 29 June 2019 to 1 September and a similar winter skiing service will run SSuO from 28 December 2019 to 23 February 2020. The 2020 summer dates are from 6 June to 6 September
 
* 540 the 3.5km separate westbound line on the north side of the now derelict yard at Biala Podlaska Rozrzadowa between km 173.7 and 177.2 closed on 9 March 2019. Doubling on the south side is due to complete in August 2020
 
 
* Ex part 541 a weekend service from Hajnówka and Siemianówka commenced, running between 28th June - 31st August.
 
* Ex part 541 a weekend service from Hajnówka and Siemianówka commenced, running between 28th June - 31st August.
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* 550 the daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge DMU pair from Kovel to Chełm was cut back to Dorohusk on 9 June and has not run since 18 June 2019 [see Cross Borders]
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* 267 Legnica to Lubin Górniczy reopened on 9 June 2019
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* 554 The reinstated 1.5km Rejowiec avoiding curve reopened to passenger services on 9 June 2019.
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* 540 the 3.5km separate westbound line on the north side of the now derelict yard at Biała Podlaska Rozrzadowa between km 173.7 and 177.2 closed on 9 March 2019. Doubling on the south side is due to complete in August 2020
 
* 131 Gorlice branch has services again
 
* 131 Gorlice branch has services again
 
* 146 a weekend only Gliwice – Wisla booked via Zabrze Makoszowy Kopalna West to south, Gieraltowice to Lesczczyny [Line 148]. To note this SSuO pair also travel via PSUL entries Żory – Chybie and the Chybie west curve.  
 
* 146 a weekend only Gliwice – Wisla booked via Zabrze Makoszowy Kopalna West to south, Gieraltowice to Lesczczyny [Line 148]. To note this SSuO pair also travel via PSUL entries Żory – Chybie and the Chybie west curve.  
* 160/220 Kędzierzyn-Koźle avoiding line in use until 9 March
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* 160/220 Kędzierzyn-Koźle avoiding line came into passenger use  
* 200a The overnight pair via the Zduńska Wola East to North curve no longer run
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* 200a The overnight pair via the Zduńska Wola East to North curve no longer run but daytime use resumed later in the year
* 216 Wroclaw Nadodrze to Wroclaw Wojnow temporarily closed again. Reopening through to Jelcz is a possibility for 2019.
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* 216 Wrocław Nadodrze to Wrocław Wojnow temporarily closed again. Reopening through to Jelcz is a possibility for 2021.
* 320/340 A pair of Summer overnights avoid Poznan Glowny from Ostrow Wielkolpolski via but not calling at Jarocin and the JP maps them as using a very rare curve to run through Poznan Franowo and round the northern ring as far as the curve to/from 340 and Pila
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* 355 no use scheduled for the Rzepin avoiding line
* 355 nothing shown using Rzepin avoiding line
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* 355/300 there are new Szczecin - Warszawa services via the small connection at the east end of Rzepin station
* 355/300 there are new Szczecin - Warsaw services via the small connection at the east end of Rzepin station
 
 
* 368 Pair booked to/from Szczecin-Gumience via Szczecin Wzgórze Hetmańskie and Szczecin Pomorzany according to the JP map  
 
* 368 Pair booked to/from Szczecin-Gumience via Szczecin Wzgórze Hetmańskie and Szczecin Pomorzany according to the JP map  
 
* 384 Sławno - Darłowo that had been seasonal has a limited all year round service
 
* 384 Sławno - Darłowo that had been seasonal has a limited all year round service
* 503 Olsztyn – Braniewo has no trains scheduled after 24 March 2019
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* 601 Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki is back in use
* 520 Szcztyno – Szymany Lotnisko is only timetabled until 30 March 2019.
 
* 550a A Hruebieszow IC pair via the newly reinstated Rejowiec avoider from 9 June. EGTRE entry created
 
* 551a With Warsaw – Lublin via Dęblin reopening to local trains on 10 March, the current diesel operated Lukow – Lublin winds down with some until 9 March, others until 8 June BUT two pairs continuing until 14 October, then nothing. If closes, Lukow – Parczew Kolejowa loses all services again.
 
* 601 Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki is back in use, one all year train plus a few others odd dates to March
 
* 604 the one train via the curve from Czachówek Południowy towards Gora Kawaria is withdrawn. The train is re-instated in an amendment dated 01 February 2019.
 
  
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 10 December 2017===
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 10 December 2017===
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* the 27km line 52 from Lewki - Hajnówka reopened to freight in 2018, but passenger services did not commence until 1 January 2021. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Białystok is reinstated.
 
* Line 73 The long closed (Kielce) - Sitkówka Nowiny - Busko-Zdrój branch reopened with two Regio train pairs SSuO 30 June & 2 September 2018.  
 
* Line 73 The long closed (Kielce) - Sitkówka Nowiny - Busko-Zdrój branch reopened with two Regio train pairs SSuO 30 June & 2 September 2018.  
 
* 321 Gniezno – Września - Jarocin reopened to passenger services on 10 June 2018.  
 
* 321 Gniezno – Września - Jarocin reopened to passenger services on 10 June 2018.  
Line 314: Line 486:
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 11 December 2016===
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 11 December 2016===
 
* 134 the limited SSuO services to Lupków were extended cross border to reopen the 18km line to Medzilaborce in Slovakia between 1 July - 3 September 2017
 
* 134 the limited SSuO services to Lupków were extended cross border to reopen the 18km line to Medzilaborce in Slovakia between 1 July - 3 September 2017
* 384 the Darlowo branch reopened on 24 June for the Summer with four train pairs SSuX and six train pairs SSuO
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* 384 the Darłowo branch reopened on 24 June for the Summer with four train pairs SSuX and six train pairs SSuO
 
* 175 The limited services beyond Zawadzkie to Kielcza were withdrawn on 23 June 2017
 
* 175 The limited services beyond Zawadzkie to Kielcza were withdrawn on 23 June 2017
* 550 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from Kovel to Chelm commenced on 12 June 2017  
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* 550 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from Kovel to Chełm commenced on 12 June 2017  
* 300 Parts of the main line from Poznan to Warszawa will be shut from 11 June 2017 continuously until June 2019: Podstolice [west junction for Wrzesnia] – Konin between June 17 - July 18, Konin – Kutno July & August 18, Konin – Zamków [Junction west of Klodawa] August 18 - June 19. There are diversions either via Gniezno, the Inowroclaw avoider and 315, or via 320, the Ostrów Wielkopolski avoider and Zdunska Wola  
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* 300 Parts of the main line from Poznan to Warszawa will be shut from 11 June 2017 continuously until June 2019: Podstolice [west junction for Wrzesnia] – Konin between June 17 - July 18, Konin – Kutno July & August 18, Konin – Zamków [Junction west of Kłodawa] August 18 - June 19. There are diversions either via Gniezno, the Inowrocław avoider and 315, or via 320, the Ostrów Wielkopolski avoider and Zdunska Wola  
 
* Warsaw Zachodnia P8 to Warsaw Gdanska was closed for six months from 11 June 2017 due to upgrade works  
 
* Warsaw Zachodnia P8 to Warsaw Gdanska was closed for six months from 11 June 2017 due to upgrade works  
 
* 100/113 The Warszawa - Radom pair that for a period ran via the CMK & Idzikowice resumed their normal route via 605 on 11 June 2017  
 
* 100/113 The Warszawa - Radom pair that for a period ran via the CMK & Idzikowice resumed their normal route via 605 on 11 June 2017  
 
* 551a Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa – [Lublin] reopened from 11 June 2017 for numerous diverted TLK's as Deblin to Lublin is closed for engineering work with Posters suggesting this will last until "the end of 2019". Note all Deblin avoider services are then diverted to terminate at Deblin.  
 
* 551a Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa – [Lublin] reopened from 11 June 2017 for numerous diverted TLK's as Deblin to Lublin is closed for engineering work with Posters suggesting this will last until "the end of 2019". Note all Deblin avoider services are then diverted to terminate at Deblin.  
 
* the new avoiding curve and station at Sucha Beskidzka Rynek opened on 11 June 2017.
 
* the new avoiding curve and station at Sucha Beskidzka Rynek opened on 11 June 2017.
* 126 A weekend only pair from Rzeszow to Sandomierz reopened the section from Tanobrzeg to Sandomierz on 11 June 2017
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* 126 A weekend only pair from Rzeszów to Sandomierz reopened the section from Tanobrzeg to Sandomierz on 11 June 2017
 
* 328/332 the reintroduction of the '''daily scheduled steam service''' from Wolsztyn was delayed from the planned 12th March until 15th May 2017 due to issues with the coaching stock with two pairs between Wolsztyn and Leszno SSuX, 2 pairs Wolsztyn - Poznan SSuO. However due to engineering work on both routes they were revised to be between Wolsztyn and Zbaszynek from 16th July but resumed as planned wef 1 September 2017. Details are on [http://www.thewolsztynexperience.org/news_events.php the Wolsztyn Experience website]  
 
* 328/332 the reintroduction of the '''daily scheduled steam service''' from Wolsztyn was delayed from the planned 12th March until 15th May 2017 due to issues with the coaching stock with two pairs between Wolsztyn and Leszno SSuX, 2 pairs Wolsztyn - Poznan SSuO. However due to engineering work on both routes they were revised to be between Wolsztyn and Zbaszynek from 16th July but resumed as planned wef 1 September 2017. Details are on [http://www.thewolsztynexperience.org/news_events.php the Wolsztyn Experience website]  
* 216 From 10 April 2017 an 8km section of freight line 292 reopened with a SSuX service from Wroclaw Nadodrze to Wroclaw Wojnow. This is part way to Jelcz Laskowice on table 215 and is unusual as it is 100% Subsidised by the City of Wroclaw. The first service was known to be short term for the track to be refurbished [with possibly onwards to Jelcz Laskowice also reopening] and apart from a four day service from 19 - 23 June, no trains ran between 15 June and 31 August 2017.   
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* 216 From 10 April 2017 an 8km section of freight line 292 reopened with a SSuX service from Wrocław Nadodrze to Wrocław Wojnow. This is part way to Jelcz Laskowice on table 215 and is unusual as it is 100% Subsidised by the City of Wroclaw. The first service was known to be short term for the track to be refurbished [with possibly onwards to Jelcz Laskowice also reopening] and apart from a four day service from 19 - 23 June, no trains ran between 15 June and 31 August 2017.   
 
* 115 Sandomierz - Grebów Closure on 10 December 2016  
 
* 115 Sandomierz - Grebów Closure on 10 December 2016  
 
* 122 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from L’vov – Przemyśl was re-introduced starting on 23 December 2016  
 
* 122 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from L’vov – Przemyśl was re-introduced starting on 23 December 2016  
 
* 137 Sucha Beskidzka  - Zywiec: Reopening one pair on FSuO from 11 December 2016
 
* 137 Sucha Beskidzka  - Zywiec: Reopening one pair on FSuO from 11 December 2016
 
* 140 Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice – Jaworzno Szczakowa Closure on 10 December 2016
 
* 140 Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice – Jaworzno Szczakowa Closure on 10 December 2016
* 141 Local services between Oświęcim, Skawina and Kraków were withdrawn again on 10 December 2016 after only resuming on 12 December 2015. Use by a night train pair continues, plus a daytime Praha - Krakow pair.
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* 141 Local services between Oświęcim, Skawina and Kraków were withdrawn again on 10 December 2016 after only resuming on 12 December 2015. Use by a night train pair continues, plus a daytime Praha - Kraków pair.
 
* 166 Bytom - Gliwice Reopening but just 1 pair of overnights
 
* 166 Bytom - Gliwice Reopening but just 1 pair of overnights
* 200a/315 Zdunska Wola east to north curve and 315 to Inowroclaw in use by overnights from 11 December 2016
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* 200a/315 Zdunska Wola east to north curve and 315 to Inowrocław in use by overnights from 11 December 2016
* 250 Withdrawal of the weekends only train service with replacement buses Jelenia Gora to Lwówek Słąski and no service to Zebryzdowa. Even the buses were then withdrawn on 9 December 2017. Note the return service towards Wroclaw ran on Sunday 11 December, the first day of the new Timetable period.
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* 250 Withdrawal of the weekends only train service with replacement buses Jelenia Gora to Lwówek Słąski and no service to Zebryzdowa. Even the buses were then withdrawn on 9 December 2017. Note the return service towards Wrocław ran on Sunday 11 December, the first day of the new Timetable period.
 
* 321 Grabowno Wielkopolski - Krotoszyn Closure on 10 December 2016, allegedly for track repairs  
 
* 321 Grabowno Wielkopolski - Krotoszyn Closure on 10 December 2016, allegedly for track repairs  
 
* 431a Laskowice Pom. – Wierzchucin Reopening with one train, i.e. not a pair a day SSuX which varied in time and direction during the TT year!
 
* 431a Laskowice Pom. – Wierzchucin Reopening with one train, i.e. not a pair a day SSuX which varied in time and direction during the TT year!
Line 340: Line 512:
 
* 609 The curve from Chotomów – Legionowo Piaski reopened to passengers 11 December 2016 as the limited services from Tłuszcz to Sierpc no longer double run via Warszawa Gdanska
 
* 609 The curve from Chotomów – Legionowo Piaski reopened to passengers 11 December 2016 as the limited services from Tłuszcz to Sierpc no longer double run via Warszawa Gdanska
 
* 614 No TLK’s booked via Otwock so nothing from Warszawa Wschodnia via podg Warszawa Antoninów – podg Warszawa Gocławek. Closure 10 December 2016
 
* 614 No TLK’s booked via Otwock so nothing from Warszawa Wschodnia via podg Warszawa Antoninów – podg Warszawa Gocławek. Closure 10 December 2016
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 13 December 2015===
 
====Re-openings====
 
* The major freight only cross border line from Węgliniec to Horka in Germany reopened after electrification on 25 November 2016, but is still not electrified on the German side of the Border. Note this line is being used for limited passenger Diversions in 2017, see the Unusual Lines entry PL17/41A
 
* 520 the line south from the junction towards Szymany Lotnisko to Wielbark reopened on 29 October 2016, one pair SSuO, a second pair commencing one week later. It closed again on 24 December 2016! 
 
*        131 The branch from Gorlice to Gorlice Zagorzany reopened on 3 October 2016 with a pair on Friday and outbound early Monday
 
* 530/M2 An IC service each way between Kraków and Grodno (Belarus) via the Kuznica Bialystocka border crossing commenced from 4 September 2016, a portion off the Kraków <> Suwałki train
 
*  175 Reopening of an 8km section of the line from Fosowskie to Tarnowskie Gory from Zawadzkie to Kielcza wef 1 September 2016
 
*  Ex 122 Three pairs a day SSuX are re-introduced between Przymsyl and Medyka on the Standard Gauge tracks wef 1 September 2016
 
*  Ex 536 A weekend pair ran between Białystok and Waliły between 2 July and 9 October 2016, the first passenger use for 16 years
 
*  355 An overnight pair is booked via the Rzepin avoiding line wef 25 June 2016
 
*      429/440 Czerk to Kościerzyna via Bąk reopened on 25 June 2016 with use by an overnight service. Service withdrawn at the end of that Summer period.
 
*      537 Suwalki to Kaunas in Lithuania on the new Rail Baltica Standard gauge Line commenced FSSuMO on 17 June 2016, the separate daily PKP IC service north from Suwalki to Mockava and Sestokai has NOT resumed
 
*  431 the complete service between Laskowice Pomorski and Wierzchucin was bustitued from 5 June 2016. Very limited trains wef 11 December 2016
 
*  134 The scheduled Zagórz - Komańcza Holidays, Friday & weekend only services were extended to Lupkow when they resumed on 30 April 2016
 
*      100/113 A daily service using the curve from Radzice – Line 573 - Idzikowice - CMK commenced on 13 March 2016
 
*      520 8km south from Szczytno plus a 1.5km new line to the revamped Szymany [Olsztyn] Regional Airport opened on 21 January 2016
 
*      160 The Bohumin - Chałupki cross border line reopened on 18 January 2016, delayed from the timetable change date by level crossing and signalling issues. Used by three pairs of ICs, two reversing in Bohumin, the third via the Bohumin avoiding curve but these IC's are reduced to just one pair via the avoiding curve from December 2016
 
*      152 Chałupki via Wodzislaw Slaski to Rybnik used by the above also reopened on 18 January 2016
 
 
With the new Timetable the following reopened on 13 December 2015
 
 
* 115 Grebów – Sandomierz – Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
 
* 131 Stróze – Jaslo
 
*      134 Zagorz - Komancza [1 train in FO, out SO, return pair SuO] Occasional services were timetabled from 1 August - 27 September 2015
 
* 141 Local services resume on the Oswięcim – Skawina [– Kraków] line
 
*      147 Cieszyn - Cesky Tesin [CD]
 
* 175/180 Curve from Herby Nowe to podg Kalina [– Tarnowskie Gory]
 
* 260 Cross border services between Zgorzelec and Gorlitz in Germany, previously withdrawn on 1 March 2015
 
 
====Closures====
 
 
* 113 The two services from Tomaszów Mazowiecki towards Radom were withdrawn so the section from Tomaszów Mazowiecki to p odg Zapowiedz [incorrectly shown on Quail as p odg Anielin] is now only used by TLK's to/from the CMK, the section onwards to Drzewica now has no service
 
* 114 There are no scheduled calls at Żakowice Płd by services to/from Koluszki after 15 October 2016 which meant no passenger service use of Line 535, the link from p odg Zielen to Koluszki
 
* 137 Zywiec – Sucha Beskidzka
 
* 166 Gliwice – Bytom [except for one TLK booked to use it between 15 February to 8 March 2016]
 
* 322 The last scheduled TLK pair were withdrawn so no service between Wieluń Dąbrowa and Kępno after 15 October 2016
 
* 431a Laskowice Pom. – Wierzchucin appears to have been completely bustituted from 5 June 2016
 
* 530 Kuźnica Białostocka - Grodno [Belarus] but they resumed on 4 September 2016
 
* 550 All local services withdrawn between Chelm and Dorohusk so only now used by the overnight Warszawa - Kiev pair
 
* 602 Bednary – Lowicz Przedmiestie Booked use ceased but some timetabled engineering work diversions during 2016,
 
* 604 p.odg Czachówek Południowy/Czachówek Południowy - Góra Kalwaria was first partially, and then totally bustituted with last trains 15 October 2016. Some train services resumed on 11 December 2016, with more to follow on 13 March 2017
 
 
===Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 15 December 2014===
 
 
*135 An 8.6km realignment to the north of Sucha Besidska between Stryszow – Zembrzyce opened with the old formation being required for a Reservoir opened 15 December 2014
 
*240/260/265 Engineering work to the west of Wrocław Głowny from 26 April 2015 resulted in numerous diversions via freight only tracks until 16 October 2015.
 
* 442 The new service to Gdańsk Airport opened on 1 September 2015. This involved reinstatement of an old formation from Gdańsk Wrzeszcz plus a new flyover used by through services from Gdańsk Głowny and some terminating services together with new construction near the airport itself, continuing to a triangular junction at Rębiechowo with the Koscierzyna - Gdynia line.
 
* 443: A service between Gdansk Wrzeszcz and Kartuzy via the Rebiechowo south curve and a 12km reopened section of line 229 commenced on 1 October 2015. There was also 1 pair of services via Sominino [reverse] SSuX in the PDF but this allegedly was cancelled before ever running
 
* Kraków Balice [Airport] branch services (T142) recommenced on 28 September 2015 after being suspended since 1 February 2014 whilst the line was electrified. It was thought the branch was being extended 500m nearer the Terminal Building on an existing freight branch but in fact it is a new deviation before the previous station location to the new station behind the multi-storey car park across the road from the terminal building. In addition trains from Krakow Glowny after leaving Krakow Lobzow take an existing chord up to the Line 95 flyover over the Katowice main line to run parallel to the main line on the most southerly double then single track(s) up to the airport line junction. Trains to Krakow Glowny don't take this flyover but descend to Krakow Lobzow using a newly-built chord.
 
 
 
====Re-openings====
 
 
*134 Zagórz - Komańcza from 1 August - 27 September and Friday & weekend only services resumed from December 2015. There have been limited date services to Lupkow since in addition.
 
*114 The 8.5km branch from Tomaszów Mazowiecki to Spała had three pairs of Sunday only trains between 5 July and 30 August 2015. These were the first scheduled passenger services on the branch since 1988
 
*554 3.4km from the existing Zamość station to Zamość Wschod with an intermediate station at Zamość Starówka on the line to Hrubieszów re-opened on 14 June 2015
 
*317 A regular passenger service resumed on the Narrow Gauge Line from Pleszew PKP to Pleszew Miasto on 4 May 2015. Timetable at [http://www.shortlines.pl/travel.html SKPL]
 
*116/121 podg. Przeworsk Zach. – Przeworsk Gorliczyna (Short term summer use then engineering work diversions from 14 September until 16 October 2015)
 
*131 Jasło – Zagorz (upgrade finished)
 
*149 Oświęcim – Mysłowice (upgrade finished)
 
*203 Nowy Świętow – Głuchołazy Miasto [Weekends and Holidays]
 
*250 Lwowek Śl – Zebrzydowa [1 pair Weekends and Holidays]
 
*255 Węgliniec - Lubań Słąski
 
 
The PKP fleet of Pendelinos entered service on Premium IC services with this Timetable period. The Warsaw - Wroclaw service was amended to run via the CMK &
 
 
*100/109 Włoszczowa Płn. – Żelisławice and
 
*109/175 podg. Kucelinka – Częstochowa Stradom; (Częstochowa Stradom -) Lubliniec - Fosowskie (- Opole) after upgrading.
 
 
* Arriva had planned to serve Nowy Dwór Gdanski again but an inspection found rails missing so no trains ran
 
 
====Closures====
 
All IR services were withdrawn after 31 August 2015 as uneconomic. For track coverage, only the Nedza avoiding curve between lines 154/160 and the direct line from Sumina - Rybnik would have lost all service but a new TLK service was introduced in its stead.
 
 
*109 Kielce avoider from an unknown date after use by the Westbound only "Vlatava"
 
* former 136 (Chabówka -) Kasina Wielka - Marcinkowice (- Nowy Sącz): this line was used in summer 2016 by special trains of the ''Małopolskie Szlaki Turystyki Kolejowej''. However, following an inspection by a PKP diagnostic train, the line was closed to traffic in September 2015. A consortium of interested parties hoped to reopen the line in 2016 and infrequent specials did indeed commence.
 
*166 Gliwice – Bytom [one pair of TLK's on one day a week resumed using this line in Summer 2015]
 
*173/315 podg. Wyczerpy – Chorzew Ziemkowice – podg. Borysławice (last train 15 November 2014)
 
*260 All Dresden - Wrocław services were withdrawn so no service cross border from Zgorzelec to Görlitz from 1 March 2015, subsequently resumed.
 
*315/430 Inowroclaw avoider [overnight use in Summer 2015 but nothing scheduled since]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 00:28, 21 January 2021

Country Name

Poland (Polska)

State railway system

Polskie Koleje Panstwowe SA (PKP) is the controlling entity for the PKP Group.

National Railway Operator

PKP Intercity is responsible for long-distance passenger transport.

PolRegio, formerly Przewozy Regionalne, is responsible for local (Regio) and InterRegio services and also InterRegioBus. Przewozy Regionalne was a wholly owned subsidiary of the PKP Group until 22 December 2008 when the shares were transferred to the 16 regional governments. However this changed from 21 September 2015 when the Government's Treasury’s industrial development and restructuring agency Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu acquired a 51% stake with the 16 Voivodships retaining 49%. The government intention with one majority shareholder is to improve management of PR, resolving different policies within the 16 regional authorities where some established their own local train operating companies or their own tenders for the provision of services.

Language

Polish.

Currency

Złoty.

UIC code

numeric 51; alpha PL.

Timetable

Journey Planner

  • http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en does not load as at December 2020 so for 2020/21
  • use this Beta Version. From your query answer this can display a route map of any selected train [including any unusual booked route] by clicking on the right hand side box three vertical dots
  • PKP Informatyka Your Routeplanner. This website does not provide a link into the PKP ticket purchase system

Downloadable Timetable

The complete Timetable for either the full year or roughly current quarterly period is available by selecting the required date option from Download zip 100 - P200.

This can be reduced to an individual Table by either Enter station name or Enter Timetable number or Line number. All will again give a period option, plus from a station search a list will be displayed, then click on the chevron to the right of the wished for Table number for a listing by period.

In all options it should be noted there are four pre-announced "adjustment" dates each year but complete PDFs are re-issued on an almost weekly basis with no summary available of what has changed... For 2020/21 these are 14 March, 13 June, 29 August & 7 November 2021

The last printed Timetable was for 2011/12 with no public access to on-line PDFs for 2012/13. Following on-line petitions the timetable PDFs were made available from 2013/14 but downloadable since 2012/13 where the white/yellow station arrival/departure sheets, showing scheduled platforms [Peron], very useful where alternative routes exist.

Additionally individual operators and PKP Inter City publish PDFs, as do PolRegio by Voivodeship [Region]. Links are

By Operator

Intercity: PKP Intercity Rozkład jazdy but only by station.

International: which from 2018 are accessed by Country and not just one PDF file

Local Services: This first link leads to a large scale map of lines with the Regions superimposed on it PolRegio.. Once the requested Region is known, select the Region name from the drop down box for Links to Regional Timetables. Note the PolRegio link also contains useful information on discounted ticketing.

Other Operators: See Inni przewoźnicy pasażerscy (Other passenger operators) page, plus Sinfin railways of Poland, which supposedly links to all passenger, freight, operational Narrow Gauge, Metro and Trams in Poland. Any omitted should hopefully be included on EGTRE Other Railways.

Printed Timetable

None since Dec 2011 - Dec 2012 period; see previous section. PDF's from 1851 to 2011/12 [with gaps] listed by individual Table numbers in each year can be accessed at this link.

Additional Notes on reading the Timetable

Note the letters have been replaced by the more usual 1-7 indicating Monday to Sunday, and "F" & "G" are obsolete but are listed here to help interpret previous years printed TT's.

(A) Working days except Saturdays i.e. SSuX
(B) daily except Saturdays, i.e. SX
(C) Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, i.e. SSuO
(D) Mondays to Fridays except holidays, i.e. SSuX
(E) Mondays to Saturdays except holidays, i.e. SuX
(F) runs when advertised or required
(G) runs until further notice
z against timings in column means Bus replacement autobusowa komunikacja zastępcza
"I" in the middle of the train column the train passes through this station without stopping
"<" in the middle of the train column the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route
Codziennie Daily
Do until or to
Od from or since
do odwołania until further notice
autobus szynowy Railcar [i.e. a train]
Gł., Główny main station
I And
Kursuje Runs
Oprocz Except
Oraz As well as
p (przyjad) Arrive
po ogłoszeniu [from] when advertised
p.odg. (posterunek odgałęzny) junction
Poza tym Besides
Przez Via
st. station [stanica] i.e. do. st. Until station
Swiat Holidays
W On
Wąsk. (wąskotorowa) narrow gauge
z, ze from or after
Na odcinku ……. ruch pociagów zawieszony do odwołania On the section…. no scheduled trains until further notice

Engineering Information

These are now part of General Notices on the PolRegio website. Select Region from drop down box and read through all the Notices it displays.

Bus Information

The Rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS website offers a number of options including:

  • Ogólny rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS (Bus journey planner)
  • Rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS według miast (Bus information by city)
  • Rozkład jazdy komunikacji miejskiej według miast (Links to transport authority sites by city)

or the following from the ZTM Warsaw website which gives links to Operators in the majority of towns in Poland

Maps

Printed Maps

  • The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” * is a soft backed very detailed 1:300000 map comprising 102 pages and with notes in Polish, English and German published by Wydawnictwo Eurosprinter (ISBN 978-83-931006-3-7). The unusual lines and future changes entries for Poland include references to pages in this atlas e.g. "R14". A 2014 updated edition in Hardback was published but as at January 2020 both books were out of print.
  • European Railway Atlas: Poland and Kaliningrad by M.G. Ball (v3 dated 05 February 2020) ISBN 978-1-9161212-1-8
  • European Railway Atlas - Enthusiast Edition by M.G. Ball (1 August 2020) ISBN 978-1-9161212-9-4
  • The now discontinued PKP timetable was accompanied by a separate map with enlargements of Warszawa and Katowice. It distinguished electrified, narrow-gauge and broad-gauge lines but some lines and curves with no service for a number of years were still shown.
  • Eurosprinter, a Polish company, publishes a map of Poland

Web-based Maps

  • a countrywide but with zoom facility on-line map unfortunately without line numbers but shows current status, plus detail such as electrification and single/double track etc
  • Open Railway map. Zoom into Poland and this contains Line numbers at a much more detailed level than the Atlas Maly
  • Thorsten Büker's Map of Poland [Although this remains on-line, Mr Büker has advised they are not being updated so note for Poland it is dated 26 March 2018]
  • EGTRE Maps and Plans - Poland
  • Linked from the PKP Website http://mapa.plk-sa.pl/ so assumed to be official. It takes a short while to load.
  • Detailed individual train journey maps can be obtained from the Beta Version of the PKP Journey Planner which will even include any unusual booked route. After a search click on the three vertical line option on the right hand side of the screen.

For anyone interested in historical maps plus line closure dates, the bazakolejowa website in Polish is a good starting point.

Ticketing

If the boarding station is not staffed or has no machines, you can buy a ticket on the train without any extra charges but you must board at the first door and report to the conductor immediately. An additional fee may be charged if they come round the train to find you! If the ticket office on the station you start your journey is open, you can also buy a ticket on the train, but an extra charge will be added depending on ticket type and the length of the journey.

PKP offers a number of network tickets which offer good value, although travellers need to take care differentiating between not only PKP Inter City and PolRegio services but even different types of regional service. The Polrail travel website provides useful introductory information in English and can assist with ticket purchases for throughout Europe. The Świat Podróży Kolejowych website provides useful information in Polish, including:

  • Passenger train operators > 2. PRZEWOŹNICY KOLEJOWI
  • Types of train > 3. KATEGORIE POCIĄGÓW
  • Special offers (network tickets) > 5. OFERTY PROMOCYJNE

Terms and Conditions are constantly changing so this is not to be taken as definitive Information and prospective travellers should be aware that some regional operators accept only their own tickets so should check beforehand. This may be a good start point. Some regions accept PKP network tickets but none accept ordinary (non-network) PKP tickets.

  • The following operators normally accept PKP network tickets: Arriva RP, ŁKA (except Sprinter services), KS, KW, KMŁ
  • The following operators do not normally accept PKP network tickets: KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD, KD, SKM Trójmieście.

See Other Railways for details of these operators.

The Koleje Mazowieckie website (the area round Warsaw) gives details of useful network type tickets. However, care should be taken to distinguish between Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) and Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie (SKM) services as they only accept each other's tickets on certain routes, for example between central Warsaw and Warsaw Chopin Airport. ZTM (Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego), the Warsaw Transport Authority, has a useful map showing the tariff zone boundaries in the metropolitan area indicating where KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD have some limited inter-availability, plus details of daily or weekly zonal tickets covering all but main line and PR services. Additionally KM tickets are accepted by WKD under some conditions; see Honouring of Tickets.

Some major stations are equipped with machines offering an extensive range of tickets (including some network tickets), which accept coins, notes and credit and debit cards. However, many stations have no ticket machines and even major ones only a few and not for all operators, Warszawa Centralna being the classic example where there are no SKM or KM machines. Ticket windows are the norm, often with separate windows for PKP Inter City and Regional services. Queues can be long, especially at peak times, and ample time should be allowed to buy tickets.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Authority

The PKP Group subsidiary Polskie Linie Kolejowe is responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure, timetabling and management of railway property.

In January 2020 the Infrastructure Ministry revealed plans to transfer responsibility for some closed lines to the provinces. Dolnośląskie will be the first to acquire such lines.

Network Statement

2020/21 and 2021/22.

Gauge

The main line network is Standard. In addition 394 km of a 1520mm gauge freight-only "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) between Sławków near Katowice and Vladimir in Ukraine is in Poland but this is not shown on any timetable map and was formerly part of PKP and known as the "Steel and Sulphur Railway". The LHS has a separate website plus a Supporters Club website lhs.pl with interactive maps and photographs. A suggested extension into the Czech Republic/Austria is mentioned from time to time and seems to be gaining momentum with the increase in rail traffic from China etc but would be enormously expensive. Other broad gauge tracks cross into Poland on routes from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad, see [EGTRE Poland].

A number of tramway systems are metre gauge including Bydgoszcz, Elbląg, Grudziądz, Łódź and Toruń.

Electrification

Main line electrification is 3 kV dc. The WKD system in Warszawa (see Other Railways) was converted from 600 V to 3 kV dc on 27-28 May 2016. Tramways are 600 V dc.

Rule of the road

Right.

Distances

The timetable PDFs (see the 'Downloadable Timetable' section above) give detailed distances for each station. The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” gives detailed distances for each station, junction and significant operating location.

Two websites have tables of distances by line number (not table number).

  • In Semaforek enter the line number in the 'szukaj' box at the top right and click the search button.
  • On the Atlaskolejowy select the line from the drop down list labelled 'Wykaz linii kolejowych w Polsce' .

Other Railways

The last PKP operated Narrow Gauge scheduled passenger trains ran in July 2001 but a 4km part of ex PKP line 317 from Pleszew PKP to Pleszew Miasto still ran SSuX [except school holidays] operated by private Company SKPL, [Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych] until 7 December 2012. The branch is actually dual gauge and Standard gauge freight traffic continued, then SKPL resumed a passenger service on 4 May 2015 which continues in 2020/21. Note the service is no longer narrow gauge railcars as SKPL acquired standard gauge BzMot's from Slovakia which took over the service from February 2017 until that summer (when they were required elsewhere) with the NG Railcars covering short term as a traveller in June 2018 was by BzMot. Apparently SKPL advertised an hourly Sunday afternoon narrow gauge service in August 2019, and this continued in 2020 from 2 July to the end of August 2020 and were included in the lines timetable. The images used were NG diesel and coaches.

The DB subsidiary Usedomer Bäderbahn opened a 1.5 km extension from Seebad Ahlbeck Grenze to Świnoujście Centrum in Poland on 20 September 2008. Built mainly on a reinstated formation, there are plans to extend back into Germany to Garz Airport. There will be no physical connection to the PKP network which is on the opposite side of the River Świna [although a road tunnel is under construction].

See Gauge for details of the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line).

Private operators have franchises to work a number of local passenger services over PKP lines:

Click here for a useful map showing the regions.

  • KM Koleje Mazowieckie KM operates local services in Mazowieckie, the area round Warszawa.
  • SKM Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie operates local services in the Warsaw conurbation, including services to Warsaw Frederic Chopin airport.
  • WKD Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa operates self contained local services from Warszawa Śródmieście to Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska and Milanówek Grudów.
  • SKM Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście (Three Cities) operates local services in the Gdansk/Gdynia conurbation, including regional services between Gdynia and Slupsk, as well as some trains to Tczew and Malbork.
  • Arriva RP Arriva operates local services in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province and partly in the Pomorskie and Mazowieckie provinces, based around Bydgoszcz, Toruń and Grudziądz.
  • ŁKA Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna operates local services and from 2020/21 to Ostrów Wielkopolski and Drzewica
  • KD Koleje Dolnośląskie operates local services in Lower Silesia, the region around Wrocław.
  • KMŁ Koleje Małopolskie operates local services in Małopolskie, the region around Krakow
  • KS Koleje Śląskie operates local services in Silesia, the region around Katowice.
  • KW Koleje Wielkopolskie operates local services in Wielkopolskie, the region around Poznań and during 2018 local services radiating from Poznań itself will be separated out into a Poznań Kolej Metropolitana franchise.

Tourist Lines

A number of ex PKP narrow gauge, ex Forestry Railways or Park railways offer tourist or charter services. The Polish Government publish a report each year and for 2019 released in January 2021 can be accessed here. This claimed 28 operated on 397.7km of track and carried 916,900 passengers. The map in this report is poor so the following website with links to websites etc accessed through an interactive map at Narrow Rail Poland may assist.

Some links to tourist lines are available on the Sinfin.net site.

Rail cycling is possible on a number of lines; see the IG Draisinenfahrten website. Click on 'International', followed by 'Draisinenlinks' to obtain website details under the heading 'Draisinenstrecken in Polen (PL)'.

Metro

Warszawa. An expanding Network with a 3.4km western extension from Rondo Daszyńskiego to Księcia Janusza opening on 4 April 2020 and extensions under construction at both ends of Line 2 planned to open in 2022 and 2024. See on-line map.

Trams/LRT-Systems

Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Grudziądz, Katowice area [no longer including Gliwice as this part of the network closed on 31 August 2009], Kraków, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa & Wrocław.

The UrbanRailNet site has basic diagrams for the systems plus links to the local operators.

Some links are available on the Sinfin.net site and also see Poland - Tram services over obscure routes for further details.

Recent and future changes

Future Changes

A surprise in a January 2021 press article was as part of works already underway in the Białystok area, the long closed "avoiding line" from the line to Elk (No. 38) to the Czeremcha line (No. 32) is being re-instated. As the article says trains will not have to change direction at Białystok station it is assumed it would be used by passenger services calling at a new station also being built between Białystok Starosielce and Białystok Nowe Miasto [relatively new station on the Czeremcha line].

Rail travel promotion is a popular topic in Government at present, the latest initiative being a Kolej + program for upgraded, new or reinstated rail connections to cities with a population of over 10,000 currently without a railway station. The budget is PLN 5.6 billion, which would be increased by a compulsory 15% contribution from local government on any that proceed. Applications can also be for new stations or modernization of the existing network, [e.g. new passing loops], with any approved to be implemented by 2028. 96 applications were made for initial evaluation and 79 (over 80%) met the formal requirements and qualified to the second stage as per an announcement on 27 November 2020. Local governments have 12 months to prepare planning and forecasts from public consultations and to submit a document confirming the security of financing of a minimum of 4 pairs of trains for 5 years.

Of note is that 47 would involve new or reinstated track as taken from the published PKP PLK list as shown below by Region:-

Dolnośląskie

  • 181 Oleśnica - Syców - Kępno
  • 289 Legnica – Złotoryja – Jerzmanice Zdrój
  • 290 Zgorzelec – Bogatynia
  • 310 Kobierzyce - Piława Górna. Kobierzyce is halfway down the pending re-opening from Wrocław to Swidnica

Kujawsko-Pomorskie

  • 246 Unisław Pomorski - Chełmno [off the Bydgoszcz Fordon – Chelmza – Torun line]
  • All new railway connection from Bydgoszcz via Koronowo [on ex line 241] - Więcbork and freight line 281 via Sępólno Krajeńskie to Chojnice
  • 206 Żnin – Inowrocław plus
  • Żnin – Bydgoszcz, so assume via the route of the long closed line to Szubin, then 390

Lubelskie

  • 14 Żagań - Szprotawa [on the line to Głogów]
  • 275 Bieniów - Lubsko
  • 358 Czerwiensk - Krosno Odrzańskie - Gubin – DB border
  • 363 Skwierzyna – Międzychód [also see Wielkopolskie]
  • 364 Międzyrzecz – Wierzbno (- Międzychód)
  • 415 Gorzów Wlkp. – Myślibórz [Also approved in Zachodniopomorskie section... ]

Łódzkie

  • Construction of a new line connecting 131 Chorzew Siemkowice with 181 Wieluń
  • 24 Modernization and electrification Piotrków Trybunalski - Bełchatów with extension to Bogumiłów

Małopolskie

  • Construction of new Kraków - Myślenice railway [off from 135 I believe]
  • Construction of new [Kraków-] Podłęże - Niepołomice All new line as the old closed route 113 is now a road!
  • Construction of new Kraków - Olkusz railway

Mazowieckie

  • 34 Małkinia - Ostrów Mazowiecka
  • 55 Siedlce - Sokołów Podlaski – Małkinia
  • Construction of a new Sokołów Podlaski to Warsaw line via Węgrów and Mrozy
  • Construction of a new Warsaw – Grjójec line. It is believed this is planned to use part of the closed NG line formation south west from Piasecno
  • Construction of Zegrze – Przasnysz, note to Zegrze is still to re-open but under construction
  • 937 Nowa Iwiczna - Jeziorna freight branch in south Warszaw

Opolskie

  • 177, 294 Racibórz – Glubczyce - Racławice Śląskie

Podkarpackie

  • New line from Dębica on the Kraków – Rszezów line to Jasło

Podlaskie

  • An odd one as it quotes electrification of 36 Śniadowo – Łapy & 49 Śniadowo - Łomża but no mention of Ostrołęka – Śniadowo which is currently freight only and not electrified...

Pomorskie

  • 212 Bytów – Korzybie is on the list but the long suggested reopening of Bytów - Lipusz is not

Śląskie

  • 141 an alternative connection between Gliwice & Katowice via 141, 164 and 651
  • 142 Passenger service on this alternative route between Tychy via Katowice Murcki to Katowice Ligota
  • 159 Jastrzębia-Zdroj – Katowice but doesn’t specify if to the east or west from Jastrzębia-Zdroj, but assumed means east to the triangle junction with the Żary – Chybie line east of Pawlowice Śląskie as this has been mentioned previously as a potential re-opening
  • 162 Dąbrowa Górnica Strzemieszyce - Dąbrowa Górnica Huta
  • 189 and 132, a proposed new Zabrze - Bytom service via Ruda Chebzie and a new south to east curve from Kuźnica to Bytom Bobrek Wschod
  • 198 Reconstruction of the dismantled Pyskowice – Pyskowice Miasto

Świętokrzyskie

  • 25 including electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki - Skarżysko Kamienna

Warmińsko mazurskie

  • 35 [Ostrołęka -] Chorzele - Wielbark - Szczytno
  • 41 Ełk – Olecko – Gołdap
  • 223 Czerwonka - Biskupiec - Mrągowo - Mikołajki – Orzysz [- Ełk]
  • 431 Działdowo – Brodnica

Wielkopolskie

  • Construction of a new railway line Turek – Konin
  • 360 [Leszno -] Kąkolewo - Gostyń
  • 368 Międzychód – Szamotuły [also see Lubelskie]
  • 369 Śrem – Czempiń
  • 390/236 Wągrowiec - Rogoźno - Czarnków

Zachodniopomorskie

  • 410, 411, 422 (Szczecin) – Stargard Szczeciński - Pyrzyce - Myślibórz - Dębno – Kostrzyn

So by deduction the following applications were not approved:-

  • line 212 Lipusz - Bytów with a direct service to the Tri-Cities
  • line 228 [Gdynia] - Rumia - Gdynia Port Oksywie
  • new line via Poznań Ławica Airport and Tarnów Podgórne to Kaźmierz, linking in with 363 reopening onwards to Międzychód
  • line 429 [Szczecin] - Stobno Szczeciński - Dobra Szczecińska

Outside of Kolej+ the Dolnośląski Voivodeship is currently very pro-rail as evidenced by recent and pending re-openings and they purchased six routes from PKP SA on November 28 2019. None of the following were in the Stage 1 Kolej + approvals so it is assumed funding applications are being arranged by the Voivodeship:-

  • 284 Jerzmanice-Zdrój – Lwówek Śląski
  • 291 Wałbrzych Szczawienko − Boguszów Gorce Wschod
  • 310 Kobierzyce– Piława Górna
  • 316 Chojnów – Rokitki
  • 327 Ścinawka Średnia – Radków
  • 318 Srebrna Góra– Bielawa Zachodnia plus
  • line 285 from Świdnica Kraszowice to Jedlina Zdrój on the Wałbrzych – Kłodzko line is planned to re-open in 2022 with reconstruction well under way in parts already in late 2020. It closed to passengers in May 1990
  • 317 Gryfów Śląski to Mirsk and 336 from Mirsk to Świeradów Zdrój [effectively one branch] were acquired in late May 2020 with the intention of a passenger service "within two years" and the works Tender bids are due back by 21/01/2021.

Other prospective purchases are:-

  • 283 Jelenia Góra - Lwówek Śląski, 308 Kamienna Góra - Kowary - [Mysłakowice] and 340 Jelenia Góra - Mysłakowice - Karpacz
  • The CPK Plan [Centralny Port Komunikacyjny, https://www.cpk.pl] as approved by a 10 May 2018 Act of Parliament envisaged a new Airport being built to the west of Warsaw near Stanisławów north west of Grodzisk Mazowiecki by winter 2027/2028. Up to 1,789km of new railways to allow reaching the airport or Warsaw in less than 2½ hours were part of the ambitious plans.
  • The 3 year contract with PKP Cargo to operate steam on limited service trains from Wolsztyn was due to expire in May 2020 [steam resumed after a gap since 31 March 2014 on 15 May 2017] but funding was provided until November 28 2020. In October 2020 a tender specifying steam traction to the same level as now was issued for 2021, apparently a legal requirement, with steam services to resume after the usual Xmas/New Year break on January 18 through to November 27 2021. A highly recommended but UNOFFICIAL website reports daily on steam workings. The normal 2020 steam service was two pairs SSuX Wolsztyn - Leszno and two pairs SO Wolsztyn - Poznan, with the Monday to Friday service changing due to engineering work to three pairs Wolsztyn - Zbąszynek SSuX [16 March - 30 June and from 1 - 26 October 2020] or to Poznan [9 -20 November]. Any travellers should note it is usual for steam to cease during August and from late November through December and over the New Year for staff holidays. The annual Steam Parade scheduled for 2 May 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.
  • Work to reopen Warszawa Główną by 13 March 2021 has commenced. This Terminal station closed on 23 May 1998 and became the site of the National Railway Museum [to be relocated] and is initially for use whilst engineering work reduces capacity through Warszawa Centralna. Despite appearing in the 2019/20 Peron sheets with just one arrival SSuX at 07:43 from Sochaczew from 16 March 2020, this service was a bus!
  • in the budget for refurbishing line 146 to Wisła Głębce is funding for works on ex Table 147 from Goleszów - Cieszyn. Work has commenced with a target re-opening date of the December 2021 Timetable change.
  • line 285 a 200M Zloty contract has been signed for works to reopen Wrocław to Świdnica via Sobótka with works planned to complete "by the end of 2021".
  • 216 line 292 from Wroclaw Sołtysowice to Jelcz Miłoszyce is planned to reopen in "mid 2021". This follows the temporary opening of an 8km section to Wrocław Wojnow from 10 April 2017 to 8 December 2018
  • 421 Aleksandrów Kujawski - Ciechocinek This 6.8km branch is suggested as a candidate for re-opening subject to agreement on costs with PKP PLK and obtaining appropriate funding. The aspiration is by September 2021.
  • When Kościerzyna to Gdynia/Gdansk is closed for up to three years for doubling and electrification, the 14km freight line from podg Glincz via Stara Piła [line 229] to Gdansk Kokoszki [line 234], plus 1.5km currently lifted to Gdańsk Kiełpinek will initially be a temporary alternative [with buses onwards]. It should be noted that Gdańsk Kiełpinek is a station on the line from Gdańsk Wrszeszc to the Airport and some maps show the reopened line connecting with this, but when the local Voivodship suggested services be extended to Gdańsk Wrszeszc this was not included in the re-opening plan, assumed to be related to the electrification works. The successful tender with reduced specifications from the original was awarded on the basis of completion by the end of 2022.
  • the contract to re-open and re-electrify line 28, the 3 km branch from Weiliszew to Zegrze was signed in April 2020 for passenger services in the fourth quarter of 2022. To be served by an extension of the SKM service from Warsaw to Legionowo.
  • The Szczecin suburban upgrade started in December 2019 including reopening line 406 26km north to Police with completion planned in 2022.
  • EU funding for electrification and reopening of line 182 from Tarnowskie Góry via Katowice [Pyrzowice] Airport to Zawiercie was granted in September 2018, but delays on Tendering meant a contract was only signed in October 2020 for construction from the first quarter of 2021 for completion in the first quarter of 2023.
  • the TBM for the 7km Y-shaped underground tunnel from Łódź Fabryczna via new stations at Łódź Polesie and Łódź Śródmieście with links north and south to both Łódź Żabieniec and Łódź Kaliska started work in Summer 2020 with completion allegedly delayed for at least a year from the planned end of 2022. Additionally and still at the Study stage are plans for a second tunnel for use by fast trains which will again be from Łódź Fabryczna but direct with no stations to near Lublinek on the line towards Zduńska Wola/Wrocław.
  • The long discussed new curve (tables 100/109) from the CMK towards Kielce was believed to be moving forward with completion planned by 2022 but in January 2021 it will only go ahead after public and government consultation and EU funding is guaranteed. Perhaps as a consequence PKP PLK have now suggested part of their 2021-2027 plans would be to propose a north to east curve off the CMK near Opoczno to connect with the line 25 Łódzkie and Świętokrzyskie Voivodship Kolej+ application to both electrify and reopen [Tomaszów Mazowiecki -] Opoczno - Skarżysko Kamienna...
  • The Zawada avoider [1.9km] is planned to be reinstated to speed up services between Lublin and Zamość
  • line 35 Ostrołęka - Chorzele Work is to reopen despite a suggestion that Voivodship funding may be redirected elsewhere as 40 km of the old track has already been dismantled and the contractor has purchased 70% of the sleepers, rails and crushed stone needed. PLK plans to complete the project in mid-2022

The next 10 year PKP IC Public Service Contract to provide non-commercial services under a public contract from December 2021 was funded, signed and agreed including an aspiration to vastly increase train miles from 120,000 trains in 2021 to more than 196,000 by 2030 and introduce IC services to many places currently without them. This would allegedly include re-opening Brodnica to Sierpc and Ełk to Olecko, plus serve Kłobuck at the south end of the CMK, Kartuzy & Kościerzyna, Grudziądz and Kwidzyn and Ostrołęka.

A map accredited to the Ministry of Infrastructure and PKP PLK was supported by a public announcement in May 2020 by no less than the Polish Prime Ministers' Office advising of a project for 150 “new” stations to be added to the passenger network by 2025. The map included:-

  • Line 36 11 stations between Łapy and Ostrołęka 88km

PKP PLK have issued an investment plan up to 2040 with works costed at PLN 250 billion with EU funds to play a huge role in its financing. The list is to be regard as preliminary and observers are already suggesting that full implementation is extremely unlikely. It includes many of those listed above which would be taken forward by Local Voivodeships and Kolej + but those only in the PKP PLK documents are:-

  • Brand new lines from Jasło - Dębica, Przemyśl - Zagórz, Chorzew Siemkowice to Wieluń, Płock - Raciąż - Ciechanów - Ostrołęka, Modlin - Ostrołęka, Gdynia - Wiczlino - Bojano and route 73 to the centre of Busko Zdrój plus re-openings of
  • 159 via Jastrzębie Zdrój from both Wodzisław and Żory
  • 132 Bytom Bobrek – Pyskowice primarily for freight but a passenger service to be considered. The linked reinstatement of 198 Paczyna to Pyskowice Miasto, possibly on a new alignment is in the Kolej+ bids
  • 230 Wejherowo - Góra Pomorska

There are plans for a circular service around Poznań via Poznań Franowo to Suchy Las on the Piła line.

The Local Councils around Sanok and Zagórz allocated 50,000 PLN in their 2021 Budget for subsidising a SKPL operated daily local service from Sanok via Zagórz to Łupków but it will need additional financial support before it can commence. They have aspirations to expand this to services between Besko – Zagórz, Sanok Dąbrówka – Łupków and Sanok Dąbrówka – Ustrzyki Dolne [the latter on a freight only line where a summer only 2 day a week service is due to commence in 2021] but the Marshall's Office are of the opinion that bus services serve this remote community area better so this looks unlikely to proceed further.

Rail Baltica

    • PKP PLK awarded contracts in January 2018 for (1) detail design planning for the complete renewal as a double track alignment of the line from Białystok to Ełk by 2023, (2) a feasibility study to upgrade Ełk to Suwałki and to the Lithuanian border. The latter is to include the reinstatement of the curves bypassing Olecko and Suwałki with relocation of the latter station; these will eliminate two reversals. Allegedly it is to be double track and electrified throughout. At a March 2020 EU Rail Baltica Conference, PKP advised they hope to have all works completed by 2027.
    • A March 2019 announcement advised that plans are for four passenger trains per day from Tallinn to Warszawa with two extra per day between Vilnius, Kaunas and Warszawa, plus Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin and Vilnius – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin overnight trains.
    • Linked with this, works to refurbish Ostrołęka - Łapy for use when Czyżew - Białystok on the main line is closed for refurbishment were completed in Summer 2018. Press coverage also suggested passenger diversions via Czeremcha but despite long periods of closures and single line working on the direct main line there have been none via either route.
  • PKP PLK issued a Tender in October 2017 for the long discussed new line from Podłęże [east of Krakow] to both Mszana Dolna towards Chabowka and Tymbark towards Nowy Sącz on line 104, and an associated upgrade of the entire line between Chabówka and Nowy Sacz. Completion is estimated by 2026.
  • From June 2017 Ukrainian citizens no longer need a Visa to visit the EU, so daytime services were introduced, then increased on existing cross border routes. There were suggestions others may reopen including via Rawa-Russka with even test trains on some long closed lines such as Zagorz - Kroscienko - Chirów and Przemysl - Nizankowice - [Chirów] using a SKPL BzMot or Engineering vehicles respectively! Full details are in the EGTRE Cross Border section.
  • Tarnów - Dąbrowa Tarnowska (and possibly to Szczucin). Short Line operator SKPL, better known for running the Pleszew branch service, approached the local Authorities in 2017 with an offer to reopen the 24km to Dąbrowa Tarnowska with a subsidy but as there was no agreement on funding this has not moved forward. The Dąbrowa Tarnowska Council are still keen but with a new bus service to Szczucin parallel to the line commencing in September 2020 it is not looking hopeful.
  • Line 249. PKM are considering reopening the Gdansk Nowy Port branch to regular services, as opposed to the infrequent services already running for events at the Expo Stadium
  • 151: the Tychy Lodowisko service is planned to be extended and electrified via podg Piast and Nowy Bieruń to Oświęcim with 5 station re-openings to assist car plant workers with their commuting. Despite press articles in May 2020 saying funding was not available for construction, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. signed a PLN 10 million contract with the Silesian Voivodeship in July 2020 for documentation, to lead towards an application for EU funds from the 2021-2027 Budgets.
  • Improvements are planned to the 5.6 km freight branch serving Warsaw Modlin Airport in order to provide a passenger service. Originally planned to include a new 1.5 km underground section and station at the Terminal, it is believed plans are now a ground level station close to the Airport.
  • Finance has been obtained to build a new 5km branch off the Rzeszów to Ocice line to serve Rzeszów-Jasionka airport with an estimated opening date of the end of 2023.

Electrification

  • Rzeszów – Ocice (line 71) for completion by the end of 2021.
  • A contract on the feasibility of doubling and electrifying the Bydgoszcz – Kościerzyna – Gdynia route for diverting freight traffic off the existing main line was awarded in February 2018 which was to investigate possible electrification of Wierzchucin – Tuchola – Chojnice, Czersk – Chojnice, and Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta – Czersk – Bąk with new curves on and off 426 Chojnice - Tczew. It is assumed this was positive as in October 2020 a contract for preparation of design documentation by the third quarter of 2023 was granted for modernization from Nowa Wieś Wielka through Bydgoszcz to Gdynia, line 203 from Tczew to Czersk, line 215 from Szlachta via Czersk to Bąk and reconstruction of the currently closed line 744 from Lipowa Tucholska to Szlachta West plus two proposed new curves between line 203 and 201 from Łąg Południe - Czarna Woda and Szałamaje - Łąg. It would appear there are plans for at least the new east to south and reinstated line 744 to have a passenger service as the documentation proposes a new Szlachta Zachód station!
  • PKP PLK awarded a contract in February 2018 for design work on electrifying Korsze – Ełk but this has allegedly been delayed until after and not alongside associated track renewal so this may not commence until 2023.
  • In February 2018 Łódzkie Voivodship awarded a contract to plan electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Opoczno.

Freight line potential re-openings but included here as lengthy lines

  • a 55km section of line 410 between Grotnik Drawskie and Drawno via Zlociniec on T385 and Kalisz Pomorski on T365 by 2026. Neither includes work to passenger traffic standard but West Pomeranian Voivodeship have stated that if it was they would help with renovating onwards from Drawno to the junction with T360 at Choszczno…
  • 33km of 283 south from Żagań to Osiecznica Kliczkow on the line towards Zebrzydowa was planned but PKP PLK annulled the tender in May 2020 as all offers greatly exceeded the cost estimate.

Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 13 December 2020

  • 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Czersk trains services resumed to a limited level and SSuX from 18 January 2021
  • 131 The all year Peron sheets show a Saturday outbound, Sunday return from Kraków Główny to Łupków between 26 June and 25 September via Uherce, [reverse] thereby reopening part of the line towards Ukraine and running via two sides of the triangle north of Zagórz
  • 300/601/606 There are numerous diversions via Warszawa Gdanska from 17 March 2021 with line 19, the connection at Warsawa Golabki, line 509, curves to/from Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Rembertow with scheduled services
  • 600a Warszawa Główna is due to reopen on 14 March 2021
  • 537 international trains from Bialystok to Kaunas (LG) are planned to run daily from 1 January 2021
  • 543 Lewki to Hajnówka reopens on 1 January 2021. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Białystok is reinstated
  • 113 local services resumed between Tomaszów Mazowiecki and Drzewica
  • 356 One northbound Węgliniec - Żary service is booked all year to use line 389 from Jankowa Żagańska to Żary
  • 416 In addition to the ongoing Covid related suspensions listed below, all services between Bydgoszcz and Chełmża were suspended from the new timetable until a limited SSuX service resumed on 18 January 2021
  • 555 Electric services commenced between Lublin - Stalowa Wola Rozwadów on 13 December 2020 but this meant no services were booked via the north to west curve at Stalowa Wola Charzewice as the Rzeszów IC's now either reverse at Stalowa Wola Rozwadów or via the Przeworsk avoider. PKP have announced they will resume using this curve once the line via Ocice is electrified, planned for December 2021.
  • 614 The doubling between Otwock and Pilawa came into full use from 13 December 2020 with most but not all fast services resuming running via this route and reopening line 506 from Warszawa Wawer to podg Warsawa Antoninów

Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 15 December 2019

The Kujawskie-Pomorskie Voivoidship transport contracts with Arriva and the local Polregio were due to end in December 2020 with renewals planned to last 15 years. Mainly due to the pandemic they opted to sign one-year contracts with both carriers with the main tender postponed for a year. In the meantime use of certain services plummeted from an already low base so the following were suspended:-

  • part 410 Sierpc - Toruń Wschodni no service after 18 March, [except 27/28 April] with the local Marshall's Office announcing in November 2020 that it will remain suspended until December 2021, saying users were mostly students who were no longer travelling
  • 424 Wierzchucin - Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta was suspended after 18 March until 6 June when it resumed withone pair SSuO. It then appears to have been completely suspended from an unknown date ongoing
  • 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Szlachta - Czersk was suspended after 18 March until 1 June 2020 and completely suspended from an unknown date until 18 January 2021
  • 431a Laskowice Pomorskie to Wierzchucin suspended from 18 March 2020 ongoing

A number of other Sparse Services including all cross border local services were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic from various dates in Spring 2020. The dates are taken from the all year PDFs as per November 2020.

  • 203 the SSuO Nysa - Głuchołazy Miasto was suspended after 13 April until 30 August
  • 235 the SSuO Nysa – Kamieniec Zabkowice was suspended after 11 April until 30 August
  • 381 Słupsk - Ustka Uroczysko were withdrawn after 22 March but resumed on the 27 June
  • 384 Sławno - Darłowo were withdrawn after 15 March, again resuming on 27 June
  • 612 the new for 2019/20 Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to Łódź Fabryczna IC’s were suspended from 18 March ongoing

Normal alterations

  • 146a Chybie - Żory has had no service since 8 May but are shown to restart with just one pair on 31 October
  • 130 Stróże avoiding line only used in June FO and SuO.
  • 370 Services to/from Świnoujście Port were suspended from 14 March 2020 due to ongoing work adapting the adjacent Ferry Terminal for larger ships. This is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022
  • 503 from [Olsztyn -] Gutkowo to Braniewo has been bustituted for some time, allegedly for refurbishment work but Tenders were issued by section. When some Tenders were withdrawn by PKP PLK as estimates where exceeded, with no date for resumption of train services the Marshall's Office stopped funding the replacement buses. These were withdrawn from 1 April 2020 with not even a line PDF in the June 2020 Timetable Adjustment. On 25 June 2020 a tender for renewal of a middle part from Dobre Miasto - Orneta [2020/21] was awarded, so as Orneta – Pieniężno [2022/23] had been awarded earlier and allegedly no work is required to reopen Pieniężno to Braniewo as trains could run at 50 kmh, once a Contractor was selected for Gutkowo to Dobre Miasto in December 2020 [work in 2021/22] this meant the whole line can eventually be re-opened.
  • Electrification between Węgliniec and Zgorzelec was completed in time for the December 2019 timetable change. Related to this some DB services were extended cross border to Zgorzelec [but note Görlitz to Zgorzelec is not electrified] and the one train using the Zgorzelec avoiding curve ceased
  • 130 Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia service will run SSuO in winter for the first time in many years from 28 December 2019 to 23 February 2020. The 2020 summer dates were from 27 June to 6 September
  • a 5.9km section of long closed line 341 between Dzierżoniów Ślaski and Bielawa Zachodnia reopened on 15 December 2019 as Table 234
  • 267 Beyond Lubin Górniczy to Rudna Gwizdanów reopened on 15 December 2019
  • 350 part Głogów to Leszno reopened on 15 December 2019
  • 381 Słupsk to Ustka. An extension one stop beyond Ustka on the former route to Sławno and closer to the Baltic coast to Ustka Uroczysko opened on 15 December 2019. Additionally the branch had a timetabled year round service for the first time in many years.
  • long promised work on upgrading the tracks through Warszawa Centralna commenced resulting in diversion of the hourly Legionowo Piaski to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina service via Warszawa Gdańska and Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8 until 26 September 2020, and then again from 13 November 2020
  • IC trains to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to/from Łódź Fabryczna commenced on 15 December 2019 that use previously freight only lines 510 to Warszawa Golabki and 19 to Piastow but were suspended later in the year due to Covid-19.

Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 9 December 2018

  • 247 The cross border service from Sędlisław to Trutnov in the Czech Republic went from 4 pairs SSuO to 1 pair daily on 2 September 2019.
  • 126/555 when Lublin to Stalowa Wola Rozwadów reopened on 1 September 2019 after electrification, the through Lublin - Tarnobrzeg - Rzeszów services no longer used curve 565 from Stalowa Wola Towarowy – Pilchów. Last use was therefore on 1 March 2018. [subsequently reopened…]
  • 130 a summer only weekends cross border service from Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia resumed from 29 June to 1 September 2019
  • Ex part 541 a weekend service from Hajnówka and Siemianówka commenced, running between 28th June - 31st August.
  • 550 the daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge DMU pair from Kovel to Chełm was cut back to Dorohusk on 9 June and has not run since 18 June 2019 [see Cross Borders]
  • 267 Legnica to Lubin Górniczy reopened on 9 June 2019
  • 554 The reinstated 1.5km Rejowiec avoiding curve reopened to passenger services on 9 June 2019.
  • 540 the 3.5km separate westbound line on the north side of the now derelict yard at Biała Podlaska Rozrzadowa between km 173.7 and 177.2 closed on 9 March 2019. Doubling on the south side is due to complete in August 2020
  • 131 Gorlice branch has services again
  • 146 a weekend only Gliwice – Wisla booked via Zabrze Makoszowy Kopalna West to south, Gieraltowice to Lesczczyny [Line 148]. To note this SSuO pair also travel via PSUL entries Żory – Chybie and the Chybie west curve.
  • 160/220 Kędzierzyn-Koźle avoiding line came into passenger use
  • 200a The overnight pair via the Zduńska Wola East to North curve no longer run but daytime use resumed later in the year
  • 216 Wrocław Nadodrze to Wrocław Wojnow temporarily closed again. Reopening through to Jelcz is a possibility for 2021.
  • 355 no use scheduled for the Rzepin avoiding line
  • 355/300 there are new Szczecin - Warszawa services via the small connection at the east end of Rzepin station
  • 368 Pair booked to/from Szczecin-Gumience via Szczecin Wzgórze Hetmańskie and Szczecin Pomorzany according to the JP map
  • 384 Sławno - Darłowo that had been seasonal has a limited all year round service
  • 601 Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki is back in use

Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 10 December 2017

  • the 27km line 52 from Lewki - Hajnówka reopened to freight in 2018, but passenger services did not commence until 1 January 2021. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Białystok is reinstated.
  • Line 73 The long closed (Kielce) - Sitkówka Nowiny - Busko-Zdrój branch reopened with two Regio train pairs SSuO 30 June & 2 September 2018.
  • 321 Gniezno – Września - Jarocin reopened to passenger services on 10 June 2018.
  • A seasonal service commenced 3 April covering the cross border line from Mieroszów PKP to Meziměstí ČD which will run until 2 September 2018 operated by Koleje Dolnośląskie (KD).
  • 115 A Daily TLK pair via Sandomierz to Grębów from the new TT [also via the Skarżysko Kamienna avoider that commenced a short while before]
  • 135 The Kraków Plaszów avoiding curve opened 10 December 2017
  • 151 The Praha - Kraków daytime train resumed running all year with the new TT
  • 431a Laskowice Pom. – Wierzchucin service revised from one train in one direction to a pair FSuO
  • 554 Zamość Wschód – Hrubieszów Miasto reopened with the new TT with a daily TLK

Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 11 December 2016

  • 134 the limited SSuO services to Lupków were extended cross border to reopen the 18km line to Medzilaborce in Slovakia between 1 July - 3 September 2017
  • 384 the Darłowo branch reopened on 24 June for the Summer with four train pairs SSuX and six train pairs SSuO
  • 175 The limited services beyond Zawadzkie to Kielcza were withdrawn on 23 June 2017
  • 550 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from Kovel to Chełm commenced on 12 June 2017
  • 300 Parts of the main line from Poznan to Warszawa will be shut from 11 June 2017 continuously until June 2019: Podstolice [west junction for Wrzesnia] – Konin between June 17 - July 18, Konin – Kutno July & August 18, Konin – Zamków [Junction west of Kłodawa] August 18 - June 19. There are diversions either via Gniezno, the Inowrocław avoider and 315, or via 320, the Ostrów Wielkopolski avoider and Zdunska Wola
  • Warsaw Zachodnia P8 to Warsaw Gdanska was closed for six months from 11 June 2017 due to upgrade works
  • 100/113 The Warszawa - Radom pair that for a period ran via the CMK & Idzikowice resumed their normal route via 605 on 11 June 2017
  • 551a Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa – [Lublin] reopened from 11 June 2017 for numerous diverted TLK's as Deblin to Lublin is closed for engineering work with Posters suggesting this will last until "the end of 2019". Note all Deblin avoider services are then diverted to terminate at Deblin.
  • the new avoiding curve and station at Sucha Beskidzka Rynek opened on 11 June 2017.
  • 126 A weekend only pair from Rzeszów to Sandomierz reopened the section from Tanobrzeg to Sandomierz on 11 June 2017
  • 328/332 the reintroduction of the daily scheduled steam service from Wolsztyn was delayed from the planned 12th March until 15th May 2017 due to issues with the coaching stock with two pairs between Wolsztyn and Leszno SSuX, 2 pairs Wolsztyn - Poznan SSuO. However due to engineering work on both routes they were revised to be between Wolsztyn and Zbaszynek from 16th July but resumed as planned wef 1 September 2017. Details are on the Wolsztyn Experience website
  • 216 From 10 April 2017 an 8km section of freight line 292 reopened with a SSuX service from Wrocław Nadodrze to Wrocław Wojnow. This is part way to Jelcz Laskowice on table 215 and is unusual as it is 100% Subsidised by the City of Wroclaw. The first service was known to be short term for the track to be refurbished [with possibly onwards to Jelcz Laskowice also reopening] and apart from a four day service from 19 - 23 June, no trains ran between 15 June and 31 August 2017.
  • 115 Sandomierz - Grebów Closure on 10 December 2016
  • 122 a daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge EMU pair from L’vov – Przemyśl was re-introduced starting on 23 December 2016
  • 137 Sucha Beskidzka - Zywiec: Reopening one pair on FSuO from 11 December 2016
  • 140 Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice – Jaworzno Szczakowa Closure on 10 December 2016
  • 141 Local services between Oświęcim, Skawina and Kraków were withdrawn again on 10 December 2016 after only resuming on 12 December 2015. Use by a night train pair continues, plus a daytime Praha - Kraków pair.
  • 166 Bytom - Gliwice Reopening but just 1 pair of overnights
  • 200a/315 Zdunska Wola east to north curve and 315 to Inowrocław in use by overnights from 11 December 2016
  • 250 Withdrawal of the weekends only train service with replacement buses Jelenia Gora to Lwówek Słąski and no service to Zebryzdowa. Even the buses were then withdrawn on 9 December 2017. Note the return service towards Wrocław ran on Sunday 11 December, the first day of the new Timetable period.
  • 321 Grabowno Wielkopolski - Krotoszyn Closure on 10 December 2016, allegedly for track repairs
  • 431a Laskowice Pom. – Wierzchucin Reopening with one train, i.e. not a pair a day SSuX which varied in time and direction during the TT year!
  • 520 podg Szymany - Wielbark Closure 24 December 2016
  • 601 Łódź Fabryczna - Łódź Widzew reopened on 11 December 2016 with the new Tunnel from Łódź Niciamiana and underground station at Fabryczna. No doubt linked with this reopening there are no services in 2017 via Łódź Olechów, so a closure on 10 December 2016
  • 606 KM withdrew the limited services off the Sochaszew line direct to/from Warszawa Gdanska so last train 9 December 2016
  • 609 The curve from Chotomów – Legionowo Piaski reopened to passengers 11 December 2016 as the limited services from Tłuszcz to Sierpc no longer double run via Warszawa Gdanska
  • 614 No TLK’s booked via Otwock so nothing from Warszawa Wschodnia via podg Warszawa Antoninów – podg Warszawa Gocławek. Closure 10 December 2016

Older Changes

For details of older changes dating back to the year 2001 see Poland - Older General Information.

Special Notes

Overview

The funding of local services has transferred to Regional Authorities, most are now pro-Rail to the extent of paying for new stock and re-opening lines, but a few have reduced funding and service cuts occur when contracts are renegotiated.

The previously shown lengthy listing of lines which had at some point been flagged as note “G”, "trains run until further notice only" or listed in a September 2012 Consultants Report Commissioned by PKP recommending drastic service cuts has been moved to Poland - Older General Information. As passenger numbers have increased since then, closures nowadays are more likely to be related to Regions being unwilling to commit to large maintenance expenditure on low frequency lines so a realistic guide to those that may become threatened would be those listed in the linked Other sparse services section of EGTRE pages on Poland.

See also