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the Polskie Koleje Państwowe (Polish State Railways) was a state-owned company founded in 1926 to manage train service and upkeep of the railway system in Poland. 

Ranks InisgniasEdit

Railway employees' insignias were usualy worn on the collars throughout the company's existence except for a short period described below.

1954-1956Edit

The Ministry of Railways on 16 Aug 1954 issued a new decree - moving the insignias (for the first time in history) onto the shoulder straps. The regulation didn'd exist for long and were changed to a different pattern in 1956.



The persons holding positions mentioned below belong to the 1st category


The persons holding positions mentioned below belong to the 2nd category


The persons holding positions mentioned below belong to the 3rd category


The persons holding positions mentioned below belong to the 4th category


The persons holding positions mentioned below belong to the Ministerial level


1958 +Edit

On 25 Feb 1958, the Minister of Transportation issued a decree to the effect that insignias were to be once more displayed on collar patches. The color bar on the top of the patch is actually color piping made from textile and denotes the branch. The colors are as below:

  • red - Służba przewozów - transportation service
  • blue - Służba trakcji i wagonowa, zakłady naprawcze, Centralny Zarząd Zakładów Naprawczych - trains maintenance and repairing
  • green - Słuzba drogowa i zakłady podległe Centralnemu zarządowi Utrzymania Kolie - railroad maintenance
  • orange - Służba zabezpieczenia ruchu i łączności i zakłady podległe Centralnemu Zarządowi Zabezpieczenia Ruchu i Łączności - communication
  • violet - Służba administracyjna, słuzba zdrowia, pozostałe słuzby i personel szkół kolejowych - Administration, Health service, other services and personnel in railway schools





~2007Edit

The color bar on the top of the patch is actually color piping made from textile and denotes the branch. The colors are as below:

  • red - Służba przewozów - transportation service
  • blue - Służba trakcji i wagonowa, zakłady naprawcze - trains maintenance and repairing
  • green - Słuzba drogowa - railroad maintenance
  • orange - Służba automatyki - automation service
  • brown - Służba energetyki - powering maintenance service
  • grey - Służba administracyjna - administrative service
  • amarant - Straż Ochrony Kolei - railway protection service





Graphics made by MAGNUM - based on an official ministry documents

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