2015

Beginning of the renovation of the „Łowicz annex”!

Przybudówka - prace ze spychareczką

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

Przybudówka - spychareczka i kopareczka

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.

Przybudówka - prace ze spychareczką (2)

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!

Rozbiórka dachu hali wachlarzowej

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.


2014

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.

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice


Another stage of roof repair finished

Dach - kanał 7 On the last days of September the repair works of roundhouse roof were inspected. The repairs were sponsored by Conservationist Office of Łódź Voivodship (35 000PLN) and 1% of income tax for PARE (more than 20 000PLN). Works were conducted perfectly by company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice and included total replacement of roof cladding above stands 7 to 9. However, this is not an end of the renovation works – we hope that before the start of season 2015 the whole interior of the roundhouse will be available to visitors.

Łódzki Wojewódzki Konserwator Zabytków

 


Continuing repairs of roundhouse’s roof

For last couple of weeks another stage of roundhouse’s roof repairs goes on. Works, partially sponsored by Voivodeship Conservationist of Łódź (35000 PLN), encompass the roof above stands № 7 to 9. The contractor of the works is company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice.

Remont dachu ze środków ŁWKZ - rusztowania Remont dachu ze środków ŁWKZ - rolki papy

Current repairs, when finished, will allow us to significantly extend the sightseeing route inside the roundhouse. It would not be possible if not for you generous support in form of 1% of income tax for PARE. Thanks to the record-breaking amount of 33000 PLN we were able to provide the initial assets not only for current works, but also for the future projects.

Thank you!


Another stage of roof repairs finished.

On 10th July, conservationist service inspected the roundhouse’s roof works above stands 1-3, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (50 000 PLN). The company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice has completed its task perfectly. In a couple of days another stage of works above stands 7-9 will begin. We are still collecting assets to finance the last part of required repairs above stands 4-6, so after completing the repairs, starting from May 2015, the whole interior of the roundhouse together with all exhibits inside will be available for sightseeing.

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New grants for roundhouse roof repairs!

Zbieramy wkład własny na dotacje 2014 We would like to calm all concerned about a lack of news regarding grants – we have already received two confirmations of reserved assets for PARE – one from the Ministry of Culture and one from Łódź Voivodeship Conservationist. However, in order to ensure that we actually receive the granted assets, we have to fill in and send to the grantgivers all the required documents.  As for now, we are collecting the remaining documentation and agreements .

Yet, another grant application is in progress and we are already aware that the total sum of required own assets exceeds the total income from 1% of income tax from lat year. Therefore, we would be grateful if you will not forget about PARE when filling in tax declaration.


2013

Be faster than Xaver

As each year, the winter came to the Engine Shed suddenly and unexpectedly, bringing the “standard package” of snow, icicles and ice-cold wind.

Zimowe parowozy Sople na przybudówce elektryków

Icy and extreme blows of storm ‘Xaver’, ravaging north-western Europe, thankfully spared us. We ended up with several glass panes blown out in the workshop corridor and a missing blower casing from foundry house. By the way ‘Xaver’ also trimmed the nearby poplar trees from excessive branches.

Prace przy kominie Odnowiony komin

There is also an opportunity to celebrate. Namely, we managed to complete all emergency building works. While inspecting the results of the roof works on the machine house, we noticed a massive crack and split across the chimney. Closer investigation revealed that the chimney is in danger of falling apart and damaging the renewed roof. So, after the hasty search for a contractor, a building team completed the required repairs, checking by the way if the smoke ducts have the expected draught. The work required disassembling and then reassembling of the part of the tile-cladded roof. Happily, we’ve managed to finish the bricklaying before the temperature fell below zero.