There is an amazing place in Wroclaw that is to the liking of both adults and children. This is Koleikov’s miniature railway. It is located near the Lviv Orlyat Square, next to the Svibodsky Station. The Swiebod railway station used to be on the outskirts, but with the growth of the city it ended up in the very center of Wroclaw, just 800 meters from the Market Square. The museum is located in one of the buildings of the station complex.
What is Koleikova? This is a miniature railway. No, there is no map of Poland’s railway connections. There, on two tiny floors of the exposition, scaled-down copies of several railway stations have been built, starting with a miniature version of the Svibod station itself.
In addition to the main station, there are several smaller stations. A small suburban platform from which train passengers depart for a mountain resort. A freight branch that leads to the mine, where wagons are loaded with ore and sawn timber. A small station in a provincial town. Small automatic trains run on miniature rails between stations. They reach the stations, stop, drive on.
The most interesting thing is that adults like the miniature railway almost as much as children. Children, having run around both floors, quickly get tired, sit down on a chair near the entrance, and start talking to each other or playing with the phone. And the adults still don’t look, they run from floor to floor and look into the farthest corners.
What is the matter?
In figures of people, which are placed along the railway. Consciously or unwittingly, the authors of the exposition showed the visitors a portrait of modern Poland in miniature. Judge for yourself.
Here is a miniature copy of the Wrocław market. Famous buildings with colorful facades, groups of tourists, electric cars leisurely drive around. A horse harnessed to a carriage stands still.
Here is a tunnel in the mountains through which the train goes. And higher up on the same hill are tourists with backpacks and a lady who is probably bathing in a mountain spring.
Here is a residential building. A thief climbs on one of the balconies. A watchful neighbor aims a gun at him from another balcony.
Here, farmers are harvesting – and next to them, young people are pouring water from a bucket. Whether it’s the ice bucket challenge or it’s just hot.
Here is an unfinished high-rise building, in which informal squatters have settled.
Here is a ski resort, tourists are skiing, some kid has slipped and is lying on the snow. And below it is a workshop where scrap metal is bought, and a picturesque dump next to it.
Here is a miniature hospital. Oh, and who is it – it’s the same patient running away from the hospital using a rope ladder made of sheets!
Moreover, all this is done absolutely reliably, with maximum similarity to the original. For example, if you manage to bend over and peek into a small bar under an old bridge, you will see a board with beer prices. If you go to a real bar under the bridge, the beer prices will be exactly the same. The authors of the exposition carefully monitor such trifles and periodically make the necessary corrections.
Initially, Koleikova was conceived as a museum of Svibodsk railway station – a copy of the central building of the railway station is located in the center of the museum. But as it was being created, it turned into a small but very realistic portrait of great Poland. Made without strained pathos, but with great love for the country. And it’s worth seeing!