On the 24th February the unthinkable happened. Russia attacked Ukraine, bombs rained down on Kyiv and other major cities in Ukraine. This act of aggression by Russia sparked the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WW2
Poland immediately opened its borders to these innocent people mostly women ,children and the elderly . Medyka is the main crossing point for these people. Within hours the village school’s Sports Hall had been converted in to a welcoming point where food, clothing and a place to rest had been set up. The centre has now closed and arriving guests are now taken to the Humanitarian centre in Przemyśl were support is given to them. Buses from all over Europe take these people to safety and a new start.
Residents of Medyka opened their homes to families and did whatever they could to help. The situation is still ongoing and the people of Medyka will continue to help these people in their hour of need. This of course is being repeated all over Poland.
Poland so far has taken over 4.2 million people and will take many more before this madness is over This is Poland’s finest hour. The hearts of the Polish Nation are open to those in need.
Update 14th June 2022
110 + days on and this War still continues. Rockets have fallen close to Poland and hit Lwow with the loss of life. Here in Medyka people are still crossing into Poland and receive help and a warm welcome.
The President of Poland Andrzej Duda has said the people arriving from Ukraine are not refugees but our guests. Again I say “Thank you Poland” Since this time of madness started I am hosting 3 extra guests including a one year old baby. On a personal note living very close to the border I have witnessed first hand these events as they unfold. I have seen totally traumatised people who have had to flee their homes in just the clothes the stand up in. Back in February Medyka was still in the grip of winter. One thing I will always remember is the humanity of the Polish people, from the Guy’s and Girls of the uniformed services to the ordinary people, everyone has done their bit to help. A recent poll of the Polish people shows over 90% in favour of helping. I am truly proud to be part of the Polish Nation. As the Prime minister said yesterday “If Russia were ever to consider attacking Poland, Russia must be aware, the Kremlin must be aware, that in Poland there are 40 million people ready to take up arms in defense of their homeland,” Let us hope this never happens but if it does we will face the challenges to come. GOD BLESS POLAND
This video shows the very best of the Polish Border guard. Poland can be proud of them
Video is © Polish Border Guard (SG)
The photo above taken in Kyiv on the 23rd May shows what people have left behind. The actions of the deranged individual in the Kremlin has not only destroyed property but lives. A lot of our guests arriving here are suffering severe trauma and Poland will help them. Sadly this War shows no sign of stopping. God help those who suffer GOD BLESS POLAND, GOD BLESS UKRAINE
Medyka is a village, in south-eastern Poland on the international border with Ukraine. It is situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) east of Przemyśl and 72 km (45 miles) east of the regional capital Rzeszow. Until 1948 the village belonged to the Soviet Union as part of the Drohobych Oblast. The village is well worth a visit and is home to a historic wooden church dating from 1607.
Major upgrade work is being carried out at Medyka as part of a 200 million Zloty project to improve the infrastructure in the area of border crossings, this includes new track, both European gauge and Russian gauge.
Modernisation of the Medyka district – Mościska II will cost 51 million zlotys. The project is divided into two phases , planned for implementation in 2016-2019 and 2022-2023.
Medyka is now truly an international transport hub, serving destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen and Rotterdam to name a few. Travellers can now connect to most of Europe from Medyka using both the long distance coach services operated by Flixbus and rail connections.
With the upgrade of both the Station and track, Medyka will hopefully soon see high speed rail services arriving and departing.
New border infrastructure is planned which will make enhance the gateway to Europe.
Our office in Przemyśl will shortly be open, where our future plans are for a Model shop, together with Frog Model Aircraft http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk We are located at plac Legionów 3 in Przemyśl. opposite the main station.
We are always happy to help travellers visiting the area . Please feel free to contact us with your requirements, using the contact us page. We will shortly be putting both Rail and coach timetable’s on the site.
MEDYKA BAHN MODELS
We are pleased to announce that Medyka Bahn have launched a range of model Overhead catenary masts and associated systems in H0, 00 TT and N gauge. The masts are of PKP, DB, DR, OBB prototypes. We have already produced Masts of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway in England in 00 as part of the LBSCR range. We are also producing masts for South African and Rhodesian Railways. Feel free to contact us for masts from any part of the World and will do our best to produce them.
A dedicated page will soon be set up to showcase these models The models will be marketed as Medyka Bahn Models
We will also produce Signals and other items in H0 and 00
*Obviously due to the ongoing conflict a lot of what follows is out of date. Freight traffic continues to cross the border including VIP trains ,Armour and fuel. Passenger trains still operate but take much longer to reach their destinations.
For obvious security reasons no photographs of these trains will be published .*
A totally full local Train from Lviv seen between Medyka and Przemyśl bringing those fleeing the War to safety. This was a regular site March and April. A special thank you to the Ukrainian and Polish Railwaymen who make this happen, they are truly Heroes.
Ukrainian Railways has announced is to start building European gauge track this year from Lwow to Mostyska-1 station, close to the border between Ukraine and Poland. This station already has a dual track that allows freight trains from Medyka to use this section without bogie exchange.
After running through the Mostyska – Medyka border crossing and entering Poland, the trains will use the existing standard gauge lines to Przemyśl and the Polish network.
It is expected that Leo Express will operate Lviv-Kraków services on this route initially. We may well see PKP Pendalino’s eventually running from Lwow to Warsaw. Ukrainian Railways expect the work to be completed within a year.
This is further good news for the Railways of Medyka.
It is worth noting that Originally the line was standard gauge until 1945 when the Soviet Union converted it to “Russian Gauge”
Leo Express have announced a new service to operate between Kraków and Medyka on the Ukrainian border. Passengers will be able to travel from Prague via Kraków direct to the border with Ukraine at Medyka. Leo Express only received permission to operate the route after the publication of the new timetable, so now have to look for new possible time frames, to start the service to Medyka, hopefully in the coming months.
Additionally, Leo Express has requested permission to operate between Kraków and Warsaw. The approval for this could be made within a year, the operator said. Together with Flix Bus it will soon be possible to travel to many European destinations directly from Medyka, including Berlin, Breman, Amsterdam, Paris and Rotterdam
PKP are currently upgrading passenger and border facilities at Medyka to cope with the extra demands and a new bus stand has been constructed for international services and is now operational.
Today the Station is not only the Border Station with Ukraine but the outer border of the European Union.
© Medyka Bahn June 2022