Steam In The South Of Poland

Snow Everywhere In These Images

Poland in 1974 was a bleak, cold place. I remember visiting Warsaw, which had very lifeless buildings, the largest of which by decree was built by the Russians.

Back then photographing steam trains was a dangerous game, with my mates detained in Zagan for interrogation because they tried to photograph a railway station. Their film was exposed for that effort.

We spent 10 days in Poland and photographed a lot of steam trains, mostly in less than favourable weather.

It is fortunate that in recent times with superior photographic equipment and a friendly attitude towards steam train tourism, you can now take videos like the one at the end of this story.


A pair of OK1s AKA Prussian P8s at Zagan. After I took this shot I returned to the car to change film only to find my mates were arrested a few minutes after!


TKT 48 Near Zakopane Poland October 1974


White Out Polish Style


Here is the excellent video taken late 2015


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