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Steam Locomotives on Show
May 27, 2011   
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Fans of steam locomotives from around the world descended on Wolsztyn near Poznań in western Poland at the end of April to see the 18th Steam Locomotive Parade. This year’s event was attended by over 20,000 people who saw seven steam locomotives. One of the most popular was the Piękna Helena (Beautiful Helen) Pm36-2 engine of Polish design. The locomotive is famous for its massive wheels, two meters in diameter, and its top speed of 140 kilometers an hour—impressive for a steam-powered machine.

Locomotives during the parade steamed and strutted their stuff individually, in pairs and then, at the end of the event, formed one long train.

The roundhouse in Wolsztyn is the last still fully operational facility of its kind in the world. Remarkably, it is the departure point of a scheduled passenger train connection between Wolsztyn and Poznań. The Steam Locomotive Parade was organized by the Era Parowozów Foundation and the PKP Cargo company, which owns the Wolsztyn Roundhouse.
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