Ending another year of our activity…

… so its time to sum up the most important works and thank to all the supporters without whom many of our actions would not be possible.

Traditionally, the most important part were the repairs of the old buildings. In 2015, after three-years break, we managed to obtain a financing sufficient to rebuilt the oldest part of the shed, the so-called “Łowicz annex”. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage provided for this purpose 100000 PLN. It was the biggest fund PARE has ever received but the only one we had this year (despite five other requests). The total cost of the rebuilding works reached 140000 PLN. The remaining money were obtained from own sources (the 1% from income tax – most of the 27000 PLN received in 2015) and the donation from PKP Group.

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The donation of the City Council of Skierniewice (7000 PLN) was devoted for preparing the documentation required for further adaptation of the Engine Shed as a museum and cultiral facility.

Rolling stock conservation works in 2015 concentrated around the rebuilding of beer refrigerator car from 1912. The required resources came from 1% of income tax and donation of PKP Group.

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On behalf of members and volunteers of PARE we would like to say a big thank you to allour supporters and sponsors.

PARE sponsors in 2015

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This year’s works in „Łowicz annex” finished!


In the end of September, company “Marbudex” has finished the building works in the oldest part of the roundhouse called “Łowicz annex” (called so due to the proximity of track of line 11 to Łowicz). The works covered reconstruction of ceilings, roof and repairs of foundations. Just before the 170th anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad, the renovated building was acknowledged by the employees of Skierniewice’s branch of the Monuments Protection Office in Łódź.


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The works by the oldest part of roundhouse were supported by:

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First exhibit already in „Łowicz Annex”

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A couple of days ago we have informed about the preparation of a place for the first exhibit in the refurbished „Łowicz Annex” – an 8-meters high semaphore. Due to the sizes of the signal, it had to be fixed in place before the roof was constructed – there were no other options. A new foundation for the signal was prepared and the signal itself was stripped of all parts for repainting and to make its transportation easier. It was patiently waiting inside the roundhouse.

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In the meantime, one of the companies working at the Skierniewice station rebuild was kind enough not only to lend us its crane for semaphore placement but also took the signal’s mast to special works were it was cleaned and repainted. In the last days of August, the company WAPO-TECH s.c. from Bulkow returned with the repainted mast and mounted it on the target place.

Thank you for your kind help.

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Next stage of „Łowicz annex” renovation

On the last Friday, 24th July, another stage of rebuilding of the “Łowicz annex” concluded. On that day the building company “Marbudex” completed the last pour of concrete on the reinforced ceiling. There is a place for a small staircase as well as separate place for an old lever frame with holes for transmission wires. In the future the annex will become a new home of the interactive signaling exhibition, so each part of it has to withstand the weight of the exhibits and the tension of the wire transmission.

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During the weekend, while the building crew was away, we prepared the base of the mechanical signal, which will be placed in the middle of the exhibition. The base must keep the several-meters high mast upright, so according to the blueprints it has to be sturdily built and fixed deep below the level of the floor. In the upcoming weeks the largest of the exhibits have to be placed inside, before the roof will be installed.

The renovation of the oldest part of the roundhouse is sponsored by

Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

Building works in „Łowicz Annex”

The workers from the company “Marbudex” continue the revitalization works inside the oldest part of the roundhouse, the so-called Łowicz Annex.

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After the construction of new walls, stairwell and foundations for lever frames and signal shafts, it’s time for a new reinforced ceiling. As it need to be sturdy to stand the weight of planned exhibits, first a heavy steel beams had to be put in place. A transport of new I-beams for this purpose has arrived just a few days ago. In the meantime a formwork is being constructed so in a couple of weeks a first pour of concrete could be completed. The finish of the current stage of works is planned at the early Autumn.

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Beginning of the renovation of the „Łowicz annex”!

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Several days a rebuilding works began in the oldest part of the roundhouse, the so called „Łowicz annex” (named so due to the proximity of track to Łowicz). The “annex” is really a first of the seven stands of the original engine shed erected in 1862. On the turn of 1880’s and 1890’s this single stand was converted into workshop backroom and dispatchers office. During the first months of the Great War and the fierce fight in the battle of Łódź, the Shed was nearly razed to the ground. The building was reconstructed in 1918 and furtherly (sometimes shoddily) extended after the Second World War

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The first stage of renovation took place in 2012. It consisted of emergency clean-up and strengthening of the outer walls. Works were sponsored by the Conservationist of Łódź Voivodship. For the next two years, we had to put the renovation on hold due to the lack of funding. Eventually, this year we were granted 100 000 PLN by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and could restart the works.

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In the coming days several things will be done: foundations of the building will be reinforced and new internal walls erected to hold new, concrete ceiling. During the next stage of renovation we plan to rebuild the roof.

The works are carried out by the company Marbudex from Skierniewice, which proved itself trustworthy and reliable during the previous building projects in the Shed. This time, a heavy-duty equipment had to be utilized to excavate the foundations.

In the future, the annex will house the interactive exhibition of railway safety devices.

The renovation of the oldest part of the roundhouse is supported by

Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

Subsidy for renovation of the oldest part of roundhouse

For the whole March and part of April, we have collected the required documents and then appointed the contractor to conduct the works by the oldest (1862-1865) part of the Shed. These activities were crucial to sign the subsidy agreement with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. For the planned works we will be assigned 100 000 PLN. Currently we are waiting for the finalization of the agreement. We plan to start the works right after the first Open Days!

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This year’s first subsidy agreement signed!

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In the beginning of March we have signed the first in this year subsidy agreement. The City President of Skierniewice has assigned a support of 7000 PLN at the open bid for public interest organizations to the task “Adaptation of historical Engine Shed buildings to the museum and cultural purposes”. The project’ total worth is 8750 PLN  – the remaining amount are the own assets required by the bid. It will be devoted to prepare the technical documentation vital for further repairs of the Shed’s facilities.


Another subsidy for roof repairs

Dach - kanał 4 Several weeks ago we reported that we are waiting for results of two subsidy competitions to which we applied for assets for further roof repairs. On Friday, 24th October the City Council of Skierniewice approved the result of one of them assigning to PARE 50 000PLN for repair of 300 sq. meters of roundhouse roof! There’s only a couple of documents left to be filled in and with the beginning of November we can start the works on the roof above stands 4 to 6. Therefore, in next years a whole interior of the roundhouse will be available for visitors.

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