Warsaw. The unknown fate of the pre-war Kalisz viaduct was discovered
It was to be demolished in 1930. A tender for the work has even been announced. According to historians, there are many indications that the “Kalisz” viaduct was recycled – it was removed elsewhere.
Let’s start from the beginning: on the route of the Warsaw-Kaliska railway, opened in 1902, there are actually two diagonal viaducts. The attention of the Varsavianist and expert in the field of the history of Warsaw transport, Jarosław Loretz, was caught by the one that began during the construction of the West Railway Station in Warsaw in 1919-1933. It was to be demolished as part of the redevelopment of the Warsaw Public Program (WWK), which has a very important analysis of history (and its last episode is currently underway, in the vicinity of the same station).
In 1930, the Warsaw press announced that the “Kalisz” viaduct had been liquidated. Until now, this was thought to be the case. It turns out that the premises testifying to its operation. In 1936, it was to be built closer to Towarowa and was to be used to build a connection with the Central Postal Station, which was being built at Żelazna Street. This is to be proved in the press, in which the Director of the Regional State Railway announces a tender for the disassembly of the viaduct and the assembly of this structure as a “postal” viaduct in another place. In addition, the constructions of the structures based on the photos are deceptively similar to each other.
According to the archives, the viaduct had one span with a span of 87.50 meters. However, it is not known whether it was dismantled and reassembled or whether it was transported in its entirety. As calculated by the “Warszawa1939” Foundation, the distance between the original and later location of the viaduct was only 1.3 kilometers in the supply lines.
Whatever, for the time, created such an effect that came really quickly, to the point of being unbelievably impossible. – Bridge spans transport in their entirety – but by water. So there were possibilities to extend, remove and move the spans. But was it possible in this case? unknown. One can only guess – for example, that the hikes so successfully pass in spite of everything that could attract effective protection and some kind of note would behave. And so far, no one has come across one – explained Jarosław Loretz.
The viaduct did not survive the war
However, the viaduct did not last long in its new location. It was destroyed by World War II.
– Since it was deemed unsuitable for treatments, it was dismantled during the reconstruction of the average average. The “State investment plan for 1948” includes the demolition of the viaduct, but without access to the railway archives, it is impossible to say when the uprising ceased to exist – emphasize varsavianista.
To this day, in the vicinity of the viaduct, another trace of the Warsaw – Kaliska railway can be found, a much smaller, brick viaduct:
Warsaw 1939 Foundation, TVN24
Photo source: Museum station