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Steam Locomotives on Parade
March 29, 2012   
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Steam locomotives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland, the legendary Piękna Helena (Beautiful Helen) among them, will be the stars of the 19th Steam Locomotives Parade in Wolsztyn near Poznań, western Poland. Visitors to the April 28 event will also see several stage acts and show entitled Light, Sound, Steam, with laser effects and pyrotechnics.

The historic locomotives at the parade will include the Ol12 which has just turned 100 and is Poland’s oldest locomotive still in operation. Visitors will see the graceful beauty of the Pm36, known as Beautiful Helen (pictured), which won the gold medal at the 1937 International Art and Technology Exhibition in Paris.

Visitors will be able to go inside Wolsztyn’s historic roundhouse, which is over a century old, where traditional repair and maintenance equipment is still kept. The roundhouse is the only site in Poland where you can still see workshops, machines and other technical equipment used for repairs and maintenance of steam locomotives. This is not an open-air museum or one established especially to show off steam locomotives and related technology, but a real roundhouse which was opened over a century ago. In 2003, the PKP Cargo railway company acquired the roundhouse, historic rolling stock and other items along with open-air rolling stock museums in Chabówka and Ko¶cierzyna. Since then, the company has repaired a dozen or so steam locomotives, and reconstructed and renovated many historic cars.

PKP Cargo uses the Wolsztyn roundhouse and the open-air museums to hold a variety of events for tourists from Poland, Europe, the United States and Japan who are interested in steam technology. Visitors can also take rides in historical rolling stock.

The Steam Locomotives Parade will be accompanied by competitions, acrobatics shows and other attractions. The main event of the parade will take place in the evening when majestic, steam-belching locomotives will parade in a show entitled Light, Sound, Steam, featuring music and spectacular light effects and fireworks. The fun-packed day will end with a disco.

For further information go to www.facebook.com/pkpcargo
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