Lokomotywownia Kraków Płaszów


This site, Lokomotywownia Kraków Płaszów, is an abandoned train repair workshop in the Polish town of Kraków.

Płaszów was built in 1908. Further, the facilities on this site were expanded in 1927 with offices and technical buildings. Also, the northern roundhouse was enlarged, and the south roundhouse was built. During the German occupation, the locomotive workshops were expanded with the rectangular hall. Both diesel and electric traction vehicles took over the steam locomotives at the end of the 1950s. Kraków Płaszów became the main and the only railway junction of the Kraków railway. Eventually, in 1970 the locomotive workshop took over the service of diesel locomotives.

From diesel to electric

Until 2009, this location served as a maintenance and service center for diesel locomotives. However, PKP Cargo made the decision to close down the workshop. In 2011, Kraków-Płaszów reopened, and the rectangular hall was taken over by ‘Kraków Przewozy Regionalne,’ which now inspects electric traction units here. On June 13, 2011, the historical buildings were officially listed as monuments. Although locomotives haven’t been serviced here in quite some time, you can still find them abandoned and decaying. These locomotives were originally intended for a museum of rolling stock, but the museum never opened, and the rolling stock remains stored here.


One of the rusty locomotives is the TKw2, a Prussian steam locomotive, manufactured in 1924 in the quantity of 1242 pieces. The locomotive reached a speed of 50 km/h. After the First World War, Poland received 37 pieces of these machines, after World War II, another 129. The second steam locomotive in this place is Ty51. It is the heaviest Polish steam locomotive, manufactured at HCP in 1953 until 1958. Its rated power was 2,160 hp or 1,588 kW. In total, 232 of them were made, From the late 1960s, they were slowly being forced out by the diesel and electric locomotives.

A third rusty locomotive on this site, the TKt48-167. It was produced in 1956 and served in Sucha Beskidzka, and then in Jasło. Later, in 1987, the locomotive was set as a monument in the very center of Lokomotywownia Kraków Płaszów, between the two roundhouses. I visited ‘Lokomotywownia Kraków Płaszów’ in 2017.

Built 1902
Abandoned 2000
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