Following a route of a coal mine narrow-gauge railway” was the name of a tour that took place on the 10th of August 2016 in Sosnowiec. We walked the route of the only remaining mining narrow-gauge track in Poland.

Text: Tomasz Grząślewicz, Photos: Basia Sielańczyk

It was raining all day with no chance of better weather.Armed with an umbrella, we had no idea whether we set off to fight for preserving narrow gauge railway in Sosnowiec, or just to make a sentimental journey down the railway line. Yeah, the heritage of the region where we live is close to our hearts, but we also try to analyse calmly and promote only the things that do make sense.So, what are the arguments for a tourist narrow gauge railway in Sosnowiec?


I oto one: jedna z trzech lokomotyw spalinowych WLs-180And here they are: one of three diesel locomotives WLs-180.

One of three diesel locomotives WLs-180.

Our guide has no doubts.‘The railway of “KWK Kazimierz-Juliusz” coal mine is the last narrow gauge railway in Zagłębie, and at the same time the only preserved mining narrow gauge railway in Poland’, says Artur Ptasiński.- ‘Being unique, it should be turned into a living technical monument that reminds about the industrial roots of our region. The only one preserved mining narrow gauge railway in Poland?This sounds strong and convincing.There is no city that wouldn’t like to have something unique.Fine, but what else can a narrow gauge railway offer to a potential tourist, apart from the very pleasure of riding?

Route Highlights

Na terenie kopalni KWK „Kazimierz-Juliusz”Inside the area of "KWK Kazimierz-Juliusz" coal mine

Inside the area of “KWK Kazimierz-Juliusz” coal mine

Former sand mine landscape, Lake Balaton, coal ponds and coal dumps, picturesque River Bobrek, and finally “KWK Kazimierz-Juliusz”, that is the last coal mine in Zagłębie and whatever will be left of it.If the narrow gauge railway was to be preserved, there’s also an idea of extending the route to Maczki, where in a couple of years the tourists could watch the renovated historic railway station built in 1848, and in case of a longer stay, also take advantage of the tourist assets of this peripheral, full of green district of Sosnowiec.


We strongly support this initiative, although at the same time we know that the road to succeed is long and winding.If you are interested in what happens next to the narrow gauge railway too, we recommend checking out Facebook profiles Sosnowiec – Centrum Informacji Miejskiej oraz Zagłębiowska Kolej Wąskotorowa.


Guided tour ‘On the Route of Coal Mine Narrow Gauge Railway’ – Sosnowiec, 10 August 2016
Organisers: Sosnowiec – Centrum Informacji Miejskiej and PTTK Odział Sosnowiec
Guide: Artur Ptasiński