Polish rail gauge 1939

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PreußensGlanz
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Polish rail gauge 1939

Post by PreußensGlanz » 28 Apr 2019 02:36

Hi
was there a single gauge used in Poland in 1939 or were there different gauges in use?
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Re: Polish rail gauge 1939

Post by GregSingh » 28 Apr 2019 04:04

Do you mean before 1 September 1939?

According to 1938 statistical data there were 18313 km in use of normal gauge 1435 mm and 2125 km of narrow-gauge (mostly 750 mm, but also some 600 mm and 1000 mm).
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Re: Polish rail gauge 1939

Post by wm » 28 Apr 2019 07:12

As laws, Poland inherited her gauges from partition powers.
So it should have been normal gauge in the German and Austrian partitions, and wide gauge in the Russian one.
But the Germans were so nice and converted all Russian links to normal gauge during their occupation of Russian territory so in 1918 Poland inherited a single gauge.

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Re: Polish rail gauge 1939

Post by henryk » 28 Apr 2019 23:52

But the Soviets reconverted to wide gauge in their occupied Eastern Poland.

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Re: Polish rail gauge 1939

Post by Sid Guttridge » 29 Apr 2019 14:23

The line across the so-called Polish Corridor between East Prussia and the main Reich was certainly the same as the gauge as the Germans tried to use a scheduled freight train loaded with SS to seize a bridge on it on the first day of the war. It failed.

Incidentally, the existence of this line in free use by German trains before the war is more evidence that German demands for an extra-territorial autobahn across the Polish Corridor were spurious. They already had land, sea and air access to East Prussia.

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