Along with the end of the heavy industry in Upper Silesia, transportation was decreasing and the network was gradually closed down. Fortunately for the future generations, a 21-kilometre line from Bytom to Miasteczko Śląskie has been saved. Today, the beating heart of the railway - Bytom-Karb Wąskotorowa Engine House, is the base of powerful locomotives with metric horsepower of 450 and engines made by Maybach - the same company that manufactures exclusive limousines. And as regards luxury - in Bytom, the only operating narrow-gauge saloon carriage from 1912 has been preserved, in which allegedly the emperor Wilhelm II travelled. The iron track leads, inter alia, to the Historic Silver Mine, Szombierki Combined Heat and Power Plant, Nakło-Chechło reservoir, “Dolomity Sportowa Dolina” sports centre and the historic centre of Tarnowskie Góry.
The construction of the public narrow-gauge railways was undertaken by the Upper Silesian Railway Association under the licence granted in 1851. First sections of the network with the spacing of 785 mm (i.e. 30 Prussian inches) were built already 2 years later. For over 150 years of its existence, the network of Upper Silesian Narrow-Gauge Railways entwined all most important industrial plants with its tracks: mines, ironworks, power plants and quarries. In the post-war era, after the absorption of the Gliwice – Rudy – Racibórz line of the local railway, the USNGR network was over 230 km long. To this length, another over 100 km of sidings, which were often electrified, should be added. The entire self-supporting railway system stretched from Miasteczko Śląskie to Ruda Śląska along the north-south axis and from Katowice to Racibórz along the east-west axis.
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