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Successful Railway Technology Days

The number 13 proved to be lucky for those who organise Railway Technology Days. Held on Sunday, June 13th, the events in four Polish cities – Gdańsk, Gliwice, Częstochowa and Warsaw – attracted more than 20,000 visitors. And there were even more because at the last moment Railway Technology Days expanded to other locations too. The biggest attractions included locomotives (i.a. Poland’s fastest locomotive – Siemens Eurosprinter “Husarz”) and back-up vehicles, such as maintenance trains, cranes, electric power emergency service vehicles, a UNIMOG vehicle, a UNIMAG 4AXE vehicle, technical salvage vehicles and more.

The demonstration by Railway Guard took everyone’s breath away. Dog training and the action of regaining control of a hijacked car were rewarded with great applause. They could have also been watched from above, from special baskets attached to cranes, raising as high as 30 m! They had the longest queues.

The youngest visitors participated in live performances onstage, with a non-stop stream of attractions, rode inflatable slides and played with gigantic blocks, and learned during interactive classes on how to use electricity safely.

Accompanying events, such as the locomotive simulator and an overnight walk through the cross-city tunnel in Warsaw, where all entry tickets were given away within minutes, enjoyed pretty much the same interest. The situation was similar in Gdańsk, where the clock tower of the Gdańsk railway station, normally closed, attracted crowds. An excursion to the corporate railway station operated by Lotos Kolej attracted hundreds of railway fans.

The dedicated Facebook profile allowed for the interaction of Railway Technology Days fans with the organisers. More than 200 people expressed their support for the event.

‘We are really happy that so many people are interested in our work” says Grzegorz Grabowski, member of the Management Board and Sales Director at PKP Energetyka S.A. on behalf of the organisers – “When I looked at the latest technical vehicles, locomotives and comfortable passenger cars together with them I feel optimistic about the future.” Drawings by the youngest children, their joy and honest curiosity convince us that such events are worth the effort. The greatest praise, however, came with the words said by a small boy, who tugged my sleeve and said “Sir, railweymen are really cool. I wanna be one”.

Last modified: 2/29/2016