Polish State Railways

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Polish State Railways
Polskie Koleje Państwowe (PKP)
Company typeJSC (S.A.)
IndustryRail transport
Founded24 September 1926
HeadquartersWarszawa Zachodnia station, Warsaw, Poland
Key people
Krzysztof Mamiński
ProductsRail transport, Cargo transport, Services
Revenue1.019 billion PLNIncrease[1] (2017)
192.8 million PLN Increase[2] (2017)
Total assets15.046 billion PLN Decrease [3] (2017)
OwnerState Treasury of the Republic of Poland
Number of employees
8220 (2017)
SubsidiariesPKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe
PKP Intercity
PKP Cargo
Tricity SKM
PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa
PKP Informatyka
Xcity Investment
PKP Budownictwo

The Polish State Railways (Polish: Polskie Koleje Państwowe, abbr.: PKP S.A.[4]) is the main railway operator in Poland. The company was founded when the former Polish State Railways state-owned enterprise was divided into several units based on the need for separation between infrastructure management and transport operations. Polish State Railways is the main company in PKP Group collective that resulted from the split. It has 100% share control, being fully responsible for the assets of all of the other PKP Group component companies. The group's organisations are dependent upon Polish State Railways, but proposals for privatisation have been made.[5]

Tourism[change | change source]

The PKP has been a tourist attraction for British trainspotters since the mid-twentieth century.[6] The late withdrawal of steam power on the PKP system meant that Poland was an attractive destination for rail enthusiasts long after steam had ended on Britain’s railways. The last PKP steam shed in Wolsztyn has remained in operation as a result of this tourism and continues to operate regular steam hauled services.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Raport roczny PKP (2017)" (PDF) (in Polish). PKP. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. "Raport roczny PKP (2017)" (PDF) (in Polish). PKP. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. "Raport roczny PKP (2017)" (PDF) (in Polish). PKP. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. "PKP INFO | Informacje o PKP, lista dworców kolejowych". pkp.info.pl. Retrieved 2023-02-22.
  5. "Prezes PKP: Nie ma decyzji, czy i kiedy miałaby się odbyć prywatyzacja PKP Intercity". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  6. Chambers, Keith (April 2017). McCall, Iain (ed.). "To Poland, Aged 13". Locomotives International (107). Upper Seagry: Mainline & Maritime: 9. ISSN 1353-7091.
  7. Fletcher, Martin (14 February 2022). "Driving Europe's last steam train: The Polish trip that puts rail enthusiasts at the controls of a 'breathing dragon'". Travel: Financial Times. Retrieved 29 January 2024.