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Steam Locos on Parade
June 17, 2009 By A.R.    
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The town of Wolsztyn in Wielkopolska province held its 16th Steam Locomotive Parade at the beginning of May, giving railway fans from around the world a chance to marvel at historic locomotives.

The event boasted steam locomotives from Poland, Germany, Britain, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Most of the locomotives dated back to the 1920s and 1930s and the oldest, a Hungarian specimen, was made in 1900.

Wolsztyn is the only start station for regular daily passenger trains pulled by steam locomotives. The town's engine house, maintained by the PKP Cargo company, is the last working facility of its kind in the world. It was built in 1907. It has a Wischer-Stargard turntable from 1907 and a historic water tower with a 100-cubic-meter tank to pour water into locomotives. The engine house accommodates 30 locomotives, eight of which are operational.

The steam locomotive show in Wolsztyn is a popular event which this year attracted over 20,000 visitors, including tourists from Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
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