The proposed new rail route between Kraków and Zakopane with the use of civil engineering structures – tunnels

Ireneusz Chrabąszcz,

Marek Dudzik,

Mateusz Koźlak,

Janusz Prusak,

Krzysztof Boczoń


The existing railway from Kraków to Zakopane is characterised by complex horizontal (curves) and vertical (slopes and rises) profiles. Although the railway is attractive to tourists, it is not highly valued by carriers. This article describes a new route with profile modifications. The new route would be possible mainly due to civil engineering structures such as tunnels. It would make it possible to reduce travel time significantly and reduce energy consumption.

Słowa kluczowe: electric traction, tunnels, railway route profile, energy consumption