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Freight & pax horse tram

Publication date: 2018-01-09

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Freight & pax horse tram

At the beginning of the 20th century, workers started to set up a sanatorium in the Polish locality of Rudka.

To get construction materials on site, a 2 km narrow gauge (900 mm) railway was laid right through the forest from Mrozy. A single wooden wagon with bricks was pulled by a horse! The sanatorium was finished in 1908 and the horse tram thereafter started to carry convalescents.

The "kleinbahn" survived two world wars and ran until 1967. Sadly, but in the 1970s it was taken apart, and only some sleepers in high grass remember this unique and environmentally-friendly service.

In 2007 an idea to re-establish it emerged; a copy of the original wagon was manufactured and after successful trials in 2011, the horse tram came back on the Mrozy-Rudka route one year later, carrying people seven months out of a year. The project was awarded with the 'National Leader of Innovation & Development - 2012' award.

Freight & pax horse tram (photo: Mrozy Municipality)

Freight & pax horse tram (photo: Mrozy Municipality)

Freight & pax horse tram (photo: Mrozy Municipality)

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