2018

Photographic evening in the Engine Shed

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Sunsets have their special magic. Therefore, we would like to invite all those who enjoy the colour of late afternoon sun to visit us on Saturday, 18th August at 6 PM during the special evening photo session. The visitors will have an opportunity to freely take photographs of the Shed’s surroundings without being interrupted by the crowds of tourists.

Free admission, registering to the event takes place till 6.30 PM at the Shed’s entrance.


Invitation to the film showing

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On Sunday, 12th August, at 7PM we would like to invite to a film showing of “17 days that decided of Poland”. The documentary focusing on the First Marshal Józef Piłsudski, was directed by Leszek Staroń. All railway scenes in the film were shot in the Engine Shed Skierniewice, e.g. the interiors of Wittfeld motor unit were used as the interior of the staff carriage. After the showing, the audience is invited to the discussion with film crew.

Free admission.

 


Summing up the crowd-funding for roof repairs

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In the beginning of July we reached the final of the crowd-funding action to finance the roof repairs above the stands 12 and 13 of the main roundhouse. In this post we enclose a summary – in total we received 39 508,67 PLN from which 34 649,82 PLN was spend on the said roof repairs and additional costs related to the crowd-funding. The remaining amount of 4 858,85 PLN will be a part of own capital required for the grant for future roof repairs.

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who supported us – we encourage you to visit us during the next Open Days.

Incomes Expenses
Conservationist’s grant 22 000,00 PLN Roof repairs 33 042,77 PLN
Contributions by the members of PARE   7 450,00 PLN Building insepction 861,00 PLN
Other direct contributions   2 633,07 PLN Provision for zrzutka.pl 242,77 PLN
zrzutka.pl crowd-funding   7 425,60 PLN Gifts for donors 503,28 PLN
TOTAL 39 508,67 PLN TOTAL 34 649,82 PLN
BALANCE +4 858,85 PLN

Tesco grant goes to the Engine Shed!

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We already informed that for the second time we took part in the final of Tesco Poland initiative You Decide, We Help. We are happy to inform, that our project Volunteers helping in the development of the Engine Shed Skierniewice won the second prize – a grant worth 3000 PLN. We plan to invest this money in our exhibition of railway signalling and traffic equipment. We intend to enlarge it with new working exhibits so it would be fun for the young visitors but also a good educational help for the volunteers for railway schools. A symbolic check was handed over on 18th July in Tesco supermarket in Sochaczew. The project itself will be started at the beginning of August.

Photo courtesy of Tesco Sochaczew


“Voivodeship of Film” in the Engine Shed

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On Sunday, 15th July, we were hosts of two different events. In the morning, a group of 94 people reached Skierniewice by the ŁKA train in search of locations from Polish films. It was a part of the project “By train across the Voivodeship of Film” supported by the Łódź Voivodeship and coordinated by the Centre of Initiatives and Development REGIO. Skierniewice is an obvious choice for such initiatives. The Engine Shed alone was a location of several films, but other places in Skierniewice also made it to the silver screen: the railway station, Palace Settlement, market and St Florian Square.

In the afternoon the Engine Shed was a location for an original tea party. Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather, only 30 guests decided to to take advantage of this opportunity to picnic in the shade of steam engines.


Open Day in July

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To keep the record, we would like to sum up the Open Day, which took place during the last Saturday (7th July). We were visited by 285 guests so this year’s attendance has reached the 3000 people milestone. We would like to thank to all the guests for visiting us and to our partners (ŁKA Railway and Atmosfera pizza-house) for contribution to this event.

Those, who did not managed to visit us on that day there will be still next opportunity in the afternoon of 15th July. Free admission!


Afternoon tea in the Engine Shed

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On Sunday, 15th July, we would like to invite you to a new form of spending time in the Shed – the Afternoon Tea with Steam Engines. On this day, the Shed is open to the public from 3PM to 6PM where one can have a summer picnic in the shade of the mighty steam engines.

We would like to inform, that you have to bring your own food. As this is not a standard Open Day, there will be no catering provided. The ŁKA return for free promotion is not applicable on that day.


Steam Engines of Culture prizes

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On Friday, 15th June, our main workshop once again hosted an event devoted to the people of culture from Skierniewice. The name of the gala – Steam Engines of Culture – makes the Shed a perfect location fur such an event. It is its third edition, end we would like to note, that last year our colleague and the vice-president of PARE, Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska, received a prize for her exceptional involvement in the renovation of the Engine Shed. This year we were happy to witness our long-term friends and partners as the prize winners.

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Zbyszek Gradowski has many times visited the Shed and documented it on his beautiful photographs. He is also a great admirer of the history of Skierniewice and the long forgotten or dismantled locations in the city like the Władysław Stokacz’s brewery. He is also the president of the Skierniewice Beer Guild which supports the renovation of our beer refrigerator car. Moreover, he is the author of the portal skierniewice24.pl devoted mostly to the history of Skierniewice. Domonika Dawidowicz is the founder and the supervisor of the theatrical group Banana Perwers. Along with her students she has organized many spectacles during the events in the engine shed.

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Other prizes went to the people supporting the cultural activities in Skierniewice, The recipients were: Piotr Bigos (manager of the cinema and theatre “Polonez”), Irena Socichowska (vocal teacher) and Monika Kotowska (choreographer and the supervisor of the AT 4-20 dance group). During the gala, Mrs Grażyna Głuszek was praised for her financial support of the cultural events in Skierniewice. The artistic part of the event was performed by the Banana Perwers members – Zuzia Ambroziak and Włodzimierz Stefanowicz.

We would like to once again congratulate Dominika, Zbyszek and other recipients of the prize.

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Big and small railway during the Children’s Day in the Engine Shed

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This year’s Children’s Day in the Engine Shed (2nd June) was full of attractions directed both to the youngest and the adult fans of railways. It was possible thanks to the multiple partners that collaborated with us in the organisation of this event.

The main point of interest on this day was located in the old workshop, which was dominated by a miniature railway. On side of the workshop was occupied by a modular layout in H0e scale by the Independent Railway Model Project. At the distance of several meters a stretch of narrow-gauge line was painstakingly recreated. Pleasant to the eyes was the recreation of Polish rolling stock and the surroundings of a climatic local line.

Opposite side of the workshop, at the stand of PIKO company, the youngest visitors were offered the possibility to learn how to control a G-scale model and have a look on the new offer of Polish rolling stock models in much smaller but more popular scale H0.

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More attractions were awaiting outside. Visitors were excited with the possibility to look at from outside and inside (and even take a short trip in) the modern emergency, road-rail vehicle from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., This large vehicle was accompanied by a smaller, but still proudly representing its duty, van of Railway Guards. In the meantime, PKP Cargo S.A. set up a stand where the youngest guests of the Engine Shed could participate in competitions and games regarding railways.

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Of course, we did not forget about the traditional forms of sightseeing. A portion of the roundhouse was opened for visitors, where the could see the most precious vehicles from our collection, e.g. the battery motor unit Wittfeld and a renewed steam engine class Ol49-4. As always, the biggest attraction was the exhibition of railway signalling and traffic control, where the visitors could learn about the different devices ensuring a safe movement of trains and have a glimpse on the mysterious signals that each train driver must know.

As the time spend in the Shed might make some visitors exhausted and hungry. Atmosfera Pizza-house responded to their needs on the gastronomical stand. At the end of the day, those travelling by the ŁKA trains could travel back for free after receiving a special stamp on their train ticket.

We area happy to report that the amount of the attractions really boosted the attendance of visitors. On that day, precisely 590 guests visited us. We would like to express our gratitude to the partners that contributed to this result.

 

Partners

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA   PKP Cargo S.A. lka   Bolimowski Park Krajobrazowy   atmosfera   12628509_1002189486485762_3449211832917839950_o     logopiko     makiety-i-dioramy-kolejowe