I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t dreamed of the long train journeys that heavily feature in literary and cinematic classics, from Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express to Wes Anderson’s film The Darjeeling Limited. Cześć readers’ it’s Tamuna again and today I would like to tell you about “Kolej Wąskotorowa Rudy”
In 1891, the lack of an efficient transport system on the route between Gliwice and Racibórz resulted in the idea of building the Gliwice-Rudy-Racibórz narrow-gauge railway. The initiative to create an efficient transport system came from the company “Kramer & Co.”. In 1894, the Upper Silesian Steam Trams were established which later became the first carrier on the line. In 1899, the first section of the planned narrow-gauge railway from Gliwice to Racibórz was put into operation. The route included Rudy Wielkie (today’s Rudy), where a modern station with a workshop and parking halls for trains was built. For many years, this line was very popular, carrying almost 2 million passengers in the record year of 1954 . Unfortunately, in 1991 the connection was suspended. Today,the station is the biggest attraction on the Stanica-Paproć narrow-gauge railway line.
Currently, it is possible to travel from the station in Rudy to the Paproć station , about ten minutes away in the direction of Rybnik. The views during the ride are exciting, relaxing and marvelous. Moreover, the open carriage itself is a nice idea for a weekend afternoon . The train departs at full hours between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Historic Narrow Gauge railway Station in Rudy- is it worth visiting? Sure it’s worth it. Many tourists visit Rudy solely because of the famous Palace and Monastery Complex and the surrounding park and yes, the Cistercian Abbey is really nice, but for me the Historic Railway Station in Rudy is much more interesting place. Along with the support of the voivodeship and the Industrial Monuments Route, the station in Rudy has been given a modern cut, and with subsequent investments, it may become an even more attractive place in the coming years. Interestingly, it is said that there is even a real possibility of reactivating the railway in Ruda and the chance that the narrow-gauge railway will function again in this part of Silesia.