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Old November 24th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #701
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Homologation for fast trains is not a easy process. Besides there are just 2 Pendolinos in Poland right now. It's possible that there will be test runs with passengers before december (with ED250 instead of locomotive+coaches).
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Old November 25th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #702
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The best quality video:

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Old November 27th, 2013, 11:46 PM   #703
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One more interesting video - record run from inside. It's so quiet!



A little translation:
0:29 - 278 km/h
0:52 - 282 km/h
1:07 - 287 km/h
1:26 - 289 km/h
1:32 - 290 km/h
1:38 - 291 km/h
1:42 - 293 km/h
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Old November 28th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #704
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City of Łódź.
This time-lapse video shows the implementation of the 141 meter long and a weight of 7000 tons railway viaduct. The transverse launching of the viaduct in place of the existing railway embankment along with ensuring the operability of railway track and traction network was done within 68 hours of traffic suspension.

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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:59 PM   #705
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On Sunday afternoon I have a surprise for you. Film immortalising railway crossing over the Dead Vistula in Gdansk. Sit comfortably in chairs or on couches and behold the. It will not be wasted minutes of your life. High Quality!

Close up view of a rotary railway bridge over the Dead Vistula River, which is likely in 2014 or 2015, will disappear from the landscape of Gdansk. In its place will be a new two-track facility.

Place: https://maps.google.pl/maps?q=54.356...num=1&t=h&z=16
Article in polish: http://www.trojmiasto.pl/wiadomosci/...ii-n73187.html
Wikipedia: http://wikimapia.org/6785731/pl/Obro...wej-Wi%C5%9Ble

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Old December 1st, 2013, 02:41 PM   #706
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Is Dead part of the name of the river or is there some other implication here?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 05:11 PM   #707
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Is Dead part of the name of the river or is there some other implication here?
Yes this is part of the name. Once the main river Vistula River flowed just where the bridge. At the end of the nineteenth century made ​​crosscut the Vistula River and the old riverbed called "Dead"
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Old December 1st, 2013, 11:30 PM   #708
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City of Łódź.
This time-lapse video shows the implementation of the 141 meter long and a weight of 7000 tons railway viaduct. The transverse launching of the viaduct in place of the existing railway embankment along with ensuring the operability of railway track and traction network was done within 68 hours of traffic suspension.

How are they going to build pillars under it after it's in place? And what's the reason for building it?
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 12:50 PM   #709
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Pillars were built before, you can see it in the first part of the video.
Underneath the viaduct will be new road.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #710
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Hi guys, can anyone have an advice for traveling from Zakopane to Krakow by rail? What's schedule on this route and how long it takes?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #711
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Too much. This route is not worth travelling by train. Unfortunately it's better to take a coach or bus, though it will be a constant traffic jam at national road 47 from Christmas till the end of February...
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:29 AM   #712
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Too much. This route is not worth travelling by train. Unfortunately it's better to take a coach or bus, though it will be a constant traffic jam at national road 47 from Christmas till the end of February...
So it will last as predicted three hours?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #713
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Take either Szwagropol or PolskiBUS.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 11:50 PM   #714
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So it will last as predicted three hours?
According to route planners, the way from bus station in Kraków (just next to the train station) to Zakopane should take ~1h 40 min. I usually drive from Zakopiański interchange at motorway A4 (in southern part of Kraków) to Zakopane about 1,5h. Thus if you take a coach from Kraków, you shouldn't be in Zakopane later than after 2h, maybe 2h 20 min.

And according to this the shortest option by train is 3h 47 min... It's just 100 km distance... It shows in how condition the line from Kraków to Zakopane actually is.

What's more, "REGIO" trains look like this:



The most common kind of interior:



Seats are surely made from plastic.

I agree with [email protected] - take a coach of Szwagropol or Polski Bus. I used the first one at the route from Nowy Sącz to Kraków in March and it was an over a dozen years old Neoplan, quite comfortable one. Polski Bus is better - this company uses new VanHool coaches:



And it's possible to get a ticket only for 1 PLN, if you decide to buy it early.

Of course I shouldn't dissuade you a railway transport in this thread, but it's the most upright attitude in your case...
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Kiedy padł ten pierwszy strzał, Kosteczku, to wszystko się zaczęło, zaczęli strzelać ci grenszuce, których chłopcy jeszcze nie zdążyli rozbroić, i zaczęli strzelać ci chłopcy, którzy już mieli jakieś karabiny albo nulachty, i posypało się trochę strzałów. Słyszałeś krzyki:
- Erich dostoł! - i do dziś nie wiesz, czy to krzyczał grenszuc, czy powstaniec.
Szczepan Twardoch, „Morfina”, o wybuchu I powstania śląskiego.

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Old December 18th, 2013, 06:25 AM   #715
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Old December 18th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #716
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I commute daily from Nowy Targ to Zabierzów, which would not be possible without the use of a car, despite the short distances involved.

Basically, while railway service throughout Poland is improving a lot, pretty much anything that goes out of Kraków is total crap, made even worse by renovations which stack delay upon delay. From Kraków it will take you 3 hours to Nowy Targ, 2,5 hours to Katowice and 2 hours to Tarnów by train, and anywhere between 45 minutes and 75 minutes by car.

The line to Zakopane is actually in a pretty decent state, but very curvy and it takes a huge detour through Sucha Beskidzka, almost doubling the distance. The train also needs to change direction three times, adding an additional 10 minutes each to your traveling time. Although this line has been maintained well, what didn't happen here are things such as major new alignments, tunnels to cut off major hills where the train needs to go around and such. As a result the line still follows the exact same alignment as it did in 1900.

Don't let yourself be scared away from taking the train, because it can be nice - you'll see far more pretty scenery and if you're with friends have a few beers and just have a good time (bring those beers in from outside though as there is no beer sale on Polish railway stations) while enjoying the ride. Try to take TLK instead of REGIO - the latter is hit-and-miss in terms of quality, occasionally you'll get an old piece of shit carriage, occasionally you'll get a brand new one. All in all it's not that bad of an experience, unless your expectations are to get into Zakopane quickly. Also, during winter our daylight period is between 07:30 to about 16:00 - outside these hours it's senseless to travel by train...
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #717
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Well, there exist plans to build a new line (included in the TEN-T network), from Podłęze (near Kraków) to Piekiełko along with modernization of existing lines Nowy Sącz – Muszyna (C30/1) – Polish-Slovak border and Piekiełko – Nowy Targ – Zakopane, allowing speeds of the range 120 km/h or more. However, in the proposed modifications to the TEN-T network it was suggested that construction of the Kraków — Podłęże — Piekiełko — Nowy Sącz — Muszyna railway line should not begin until 2021‑30.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #718
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Couple of pics of newly modernized train stations in Poland:
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Old December 28th, 2013, 12:33 PM   #719
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SIERADZ:
See the difference between stations built by Germans and Russians. Maybe the German ones look somewhat like disneyland, but their standard, quality and some artistry is incredibly higher. When the Świebodzice station is a piece of art, Sieradz seems to be a small station in some poor village...
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Old December 28th, 2013, 05:17 PM   #720
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You are generally right but I would like to see populations these 3 towns at the time the stations were built.
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