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Warsaw. The historic tram will stand at Plac Trzech Krzyży? The conservator found the idea interesting

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A group of lovers of the capital who create the website Window to Warsaw proposed that a historic tram should be placed on the tracks discovered during the modernization of Plac Trzech Krzyży. The Mazovian Voivodship Conservator of Monuments found the idea interesting. “If such a proposal comes to us, we will look into it,” his spokesman said.

Where the idea came from was explained in an interview with the Polish Press Agency by Jarosław Zuzga, creator of the website Window on Warsaw, photographer and photoblogger from Warsaw.

– I have seen similar solutions in several cities in Poland, where trams serve as either cafes or tourist information – he said. “There’s always something going on in them,” he added. He noted that, for example, in Bielsko-Biała, Słupsk, Inowrocław, Gdańsk or Bydgoszcz, such a solution functions. – In Warsaw, it would emphasize that trams used to run here not so long ago, because long after the war – he stressed.

He added that during the renovation of Krakowskie Przedmieście, the original pre-war tram tracks were excavated and scrapped. – It was then that Warsaw lovers came up with ideas to leave at least a fragment of the tracks and expose a historic tram there, but the then authorities did not pick up on this idea. Because of this, today there is no trace of it and it is impossible to recreate it – explained Zuzga.

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– There was such a chance at Plac Trzech Krzyży, because, firstly, a fragment of the tracks was left, and secondly, if a historic wagon were to be placed there, it would look really nice and fit the city’s development line, so that it would be attractive for tourists and attract tourists – he emphasized.

Conservator interested

Varsavianist and guide Janusz Sujecki also likes the idea. – It’s very good idea. Everything that goes towards cultivating the identity of the city, a nod to the past and showing how it used to look, must be supported with all our might, because the trends are now reversed – he said.

Sujecki explained that the tracks at Plac Trzech Krzyży are of normal size, because they were laid after the war. Probably already in 1945-46. – This makes things easier, because these are not pre-war tracks with a larger gauge – he added.

The spokesman for the Warsaw Trams, Maciej Dutkiewicz, emphasized that the Warsaw tram drivers have experience in the renovation of historic wagons. – Such a project, however, would be decided by the cost of implementation and details – which wagon to choose, how to secure it, because it would stand in the open air all year round. You would have to think about what would be in such a wagon. And finally, does it agree with the target architectural vision of the square – he said.

The Mazovian Voivodship Conservator of Monuments found the idea interesting. – If we receive such a proposal, we will look into it, but at the moment we do not want to prejudge – said MWKZ spokesman Andrzej Mizera.

Tracks discovered during modernization

During the construction works at Plac Trzech Krzyży, workers uncovered former tram tracks and well-preserved pavement. You can read about the history of the tram line in this place in the media of Tramwaje Warszawskie. It dates back to the 19th century. On October 18, 1881, with the opening of the first line of the “Belgian” horse tram, at Trzech Krzyży Square – then called St. Aleksandra – tram communication appeared.

In 1908, trams in Warsaw underwent electrification, and a single-track loop with a parking track was built in the south-eastern part of the square. 10 years later, a new track was built in the north-eastern part of the square, leading to Powiśle.

Plac Trzech Krzyży played an important role in tram traffic also in the interwar period, because 5 lines ran there, and the sixth ended its route on the square. The next two lines ran along the edge of the square, entering Książęca Street.

Tram traffic in the square was stopped at the beginning of World War II, but was gradually restored. After the end of the war, trams returned to Plac Trzech Krzyży in 1946. This time on tracks with a new gauge and a different configuration. Eventually trams were replaced by buses. The loop was closed on July 21, 1959, and the passage from Nowy Świat to Książęca was closed on October 25, 1960.

Part of the uncovered tracks is now exposed on the eastern side of Plac Trzech Krzyży at Wiejska Street – under the Institute of the Deaf. Jakub Falkowski.

Main photo source: Warsaw Trams

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