JERZY GRZYBEK

JERZY GRZYBEK

Traction dispatcher, Electronic Logistics Book moderator, PKP Cargo. With PKP since 1975. His hobby is model-making – he has made 40 plastic models of PKP locomotives.

WORK

I’m a third-generation railway man – my grandfather and my father also worked on the railways. Since 1975, when I finished the MK Railway Technical College in Gliwice, I have been working in PKP. I occupied different positions, always associated with the traction, among others: Junior Electric Locomotive Driver, Senior Dispatcher and Chief Specialist.

In 1996-1999, I was a member of the team preparing structural change projects in PKP. They were the beginning of the transformation of the company to adapt to the EU requirements. Participation in the team’s thematic works and symposia had significant impact on my professional development.

As a Chief Specialist I had the pleasure of working in the team developing the Electronic Logistics Book system in PKP Cargo. Currently this is one of the key operations management systems in the company.

My distinctions include the Silver and Gold ‘Leading Railway Person’ Award and the ‘Person of Merit for the Polish Transport’ Medal.

PASSION

I have been making railway models since 1990s. Base on the documentation I have gathered, I have made over 40 plastic models, in the scale of 1:87, of locomotives used by PKP from the interwar period until today. Each model is painted adequately to the period in which it was used. It also has the exact rendition of the interiors of the driver’s cabins and machinery space.

What is interesting, initially I obtained the raw material for the models from used meal trays from PKP Intercity trains. This was a truly surprising sight, when an elegantly dressed man, having arrived at Warsaw, collected used trays in the compartments... There was even time when all my colleagues travelling on business on IC trains collected the trays to supply me with the raw materials.

I exhibited my models at railway exhibitions in Jaworzno Szczakowa, Tarnowskie Góry and even in Brussels.