Tuczno sugar factory is located to the north west of Inowroclaw.  A 900mm gauge railway was built here in the 1890s, and by 1914 there were 70km of lines, with 5 or 6 locomotives and 180 wagons.  In 1941 the railway of Wierzchoslawice sugar factory was taken over, and in 1942 the system was converted to 750mm gauge.  In 1943 there were 220km of track, 13 locomotives and 1123 wagons.  The system then steadily declined so that by 1990 there were 60km of track, 8 diesel locomotives and 136 wagons.  In the autumn and early winter beet is carried to the works from Przybranowo (once the junction with PKP’s line to Aleksandrow Kujawski) and Murzynno.  The railway uses Lxd2 diesels for line work and WLs150 diesels for shunting.  The track was completely renewed in the 1980s and the line is worked quite intensively.  It is to be hoped it will continue to operate for some years.

A Video of Narrow Gauge Railways in Poland featuring this and other lines is available at http://www.btinternet.com/~thomsk/Videos.html

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October 1996
WLs150 shunter at Tuczno sugar works
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October 1996 October 1996
Heading into Wierzchoslawice with a train of sugar beet from the east Having passed a train of beet at Wierzchoslawice an Lxd2 heads east with empties/ pulp
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October 1996 October 1996
Lxd2 shunting wagons at Przybranowo, the east end of the system.
Note the huge piles of sugar beet
Having made up its train, the Lxd2 heads for the works
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October 1996 October 1996
Further west on the same day, two Lxd2's are seen passing at a siding.
The train on the left is carring waste pulp
Having waited for the outbound train, the loaded train backs onto the main line and heads for the works.

October 1998

Loaded beet train approaching teh works, beside the competition.

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