EN71-021 passes a level crossing in Rzeszów suburb of Załęże with the R30423 from Rzeszów to Przemyśl. EN71-021 was reformed into a four coach unit from sections of EN57-916, EN57-1049 and EN71-968. Despite the EN57 class being designated for three-car EMUs, this unit has been operating as EN57-1049 from 1976 until a refurbishment in 1981.
EP09-046 is approaching the city of Rzeszów from the east, hauling the TLK38170 ‘Ustronie’ from Przemyśl Główny to Kołobrzeg. The full journey is 1132 km long and takes over 17 hours, enough to enjoy a proper sleep in either the sleeper or the couchette at the end of the formation.
In strong evening light, ET22-669 approaches a a dirt track level crossing in the Rzeszów suburb of Załęże. The track on the left is a siding to the Rzeszów coal and heat plant and as the Elewarr grain elevator. Once electrified, the catenary has now been removed, but the track remains in operation.
Two women make their, completely illegal, way across the tracks of Rzeszów Główny station, as two PESA Elf2 EN62A units, numbers 101 and 103, stand in the platforms. Three Subcarpathian EN62As have been introduced into the service in December 2017, as a part of a small order for seven modern EMUs.
EP07-542 arrives into Rzeszów Główny with the usually delayed IC3700 Siemiradzki from Przemyśl to Poznań and Zielona Góra. Since the introduction of the 2018 timetable, the trains between Kraków and Przemyśl have been subject to many delays resulting from poor loco diagramming. Extensive engineering works in the Kraków area don’t help, either.
In February 2018, PKP Intercity leased two Newag Griffin E4DCUd locos to provide a replacement for their EP09 fleet undergoing overhaul. The E4DCUd provides a power output of 5600 kW and a maximum speed of 160 kph. In addition to the electric traction engines, the E4DCUd is fitted with an auxiliary diesel power generator allowing for shunting in non-electrified areas. On a sunny March evening, E4DCUd-004 is on approach to Rzeszów, whilst hauling the TLK31100 ‘Malinowski’ from Przemyśl to Warszawa Wschodnia.