As two EN57s, both exquisitely unspoilt with any major modernisation, meet outside the town of Starachowice, the train crews have a chance to exchange a friendly greeting. The train nearing the camera is the R20716/7 from Kielce to Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, the one travelling in the opposite direction is the R20740/1 from Ostrowiec to Kielce.
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.
EN57-1810 stops at the temporary platform in Warszawa Służewiec with the midday 12229 from Warszawa Wschodnia to Radom. The temporary platform was used during the construction of the short rail link to the Warsaw Chopin Airport. Several things are interesting about this photo. The sidings to the industries of Służewiec have now been removed and the only remainder is an empty lot of land directly behind the temporary platform. Although the old platform is no longer in operation, the ticket booth wasn’t moved and passengers had to climb to the high viaduct of Marynarska Street twice in order to get their travel documents sorted and board the train. This was addressed soon after this photo was taken and the ticket booth was placed adjacent to the temporary platform. Although the EN57 looks immaculate, the last set of doors is not completely closed - this was a nuisance of the whole class which wasn’t resolved until after 2010, half a century after the first EMU of this type entered the service! Finally, the driver didn’t do a great job stopping at the platform with his short formation (Radom trains are normally two EN57s) and the passengers have to dash for the doors.