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Undated text transcribed (with slight editing) from an information board inside the locomotive shed, photographed on 4 October 2015:
“Wolsztyn depot is the last remaining standard gauge depot providing steam locomotives for daily scheduled passenger services on a national railway system anywhere in the world. This in part is due to the support provided by the Wolsztyn Experience.
The Wolsztyn Experience, founded by Howard Jones who now lives here in Wolsztyn, is a trust fund created to implement an agreement made between Howard and PKP (Polish State Railways) in 1997. This allows its members the most unique footplate experience anywhere in the world.
All money raised from these footplate courses is spent on subsidising the steam operations in Wolsztyn, by paying for footplate passes and certain capital repairs to the locomotives. This has the effect of making steam locomotive operation cheaper than that of diesel trains.
The continued operation of scheduled steam trains attracts tourists and steam enthusiasts from all over the world, bringing advantages to the town of Wolsztyn and its traders, It also benefits PKP in the form of additional passenger fares.
The depot also provides locomotives for special steam trains for groups from all over Europe; this is much more cost-effective and profitable because of Wolsztyn’s status as a daily working depot.”