“Warsaw Choo-Choo Trains” – Temporary Exhibition from 26th of April, 2017

On 26 April Station Museum will open a new temporary exhibition dedicated to Warsaw approach railways, affectionately known in Warsaw as “choo-choo trains”.

Warsaw approach railways date back to the 19th century. Even then they were an important link between Warsaw and surrounding towns and villages. The existing lines were a base of the further urban and architectural planning. In the 20th century, despite the burden of war and another occupation period, the approach railways were something that would let people from surrounding areas integrate and forge a common mentality. It was kind of a symbol of normality in hard times.

The exhibition will focus on the history of seven railways:

Wilanów Railway (Kolej wilanowska) – a narrow gauge, no longer existing approach railway. Once it ran from Warsaw to Wilanów, Powsin and Konstancin, to later become a part of Grójecka Railway.

Piaseczno Narrow Gauge Railway (Piaseczyńska Kolej Wąskotorowa; formerly: Grójecka Approach Railway) – once an approach railway, today – a tourist railway line running from Piaseczno to Tarczyn.

Młociny Railway (Kolej młocińska) – a standard gauge private railway, existing from 1929 until 1943. It connected Warsaw with Młociny, Łomianki and ammunition storage in Palmiry, in Kampinos Forest.

Marki Railway (Kolej marecka) – a narrow gauge railway, existing from 1897 until 1974. It connected, in its late running period, Radzymin and Marki with Praga dictrict in Warsaw.

Jabłonna Railway (Kolej jabłonowska; known also as Karczew Railway) – a railway line running through Warsaw, connectin Jabłonna with Karczew and Stara Miłosna.

Military Railway (Kolej poligonowa) – a narrow gauge railway running from Rembertów, used also for civil transport.

Warsaw Approach Railway has been considered separately. This distinct railway line played, and still does play, a huge role, not only in transport but also as an important contribution to our culture.

The pictures on display are extremely rare pieces on European scale, most of which has never been published before. This exhibition gives them opportunity to reveal the history of our city and people.