2017

E-volunteers wanted!

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Attention Czech, Russian, French and German speakers! We are looking for volunteers who woul like to help us in translation of leaflets regarding the Skierniewice Shed, which were created as a part of the project “Volunteering in Engine Shed Skierniewice as a way of creating patriotic care for heritage of first Polish railway”, supported by the National Board fo Heritage, programme Volunteering for Heritage.

The leaflets are double-side-printed, triple-folded A4 sheets briefly describing the most significant parts of our collection. All interested in help can receive volunteers agreement, participation certificate and reference when requested. All interested are encouraged to contact us at wolontariat@psmk.org.pl.


Find us on Instagram!

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In August we added yet another link to our social network. Now you can check what is going on in Skierniewice Engine Shed on Instagram – you can follow us and see snapshots of the Shed’s everyday life which usually are not published on our web page or Facebook profile.


“Bananas” back on stage in Skierniewice Shed

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After last year’s come-back of the theatre group “Banana Perwers” on the Shed’s stage, also this year we had the opportunity to host their performance. In cooperation with PARE and club Oaza, on 25th August they staged one-act play “Deer” (“Jeleń”) by Sławomir Mrożek and skit “The hunter from State Railways” (“Myśliwy z PKP”) by Patryk Kwaśniewski, using our carriage Steinfurt (from 1889, the oldest surviving passenger car in Poland) as a stage and backdrop. 96 spectators viewing the performance, had later the opportunity to take part in screening of music clip to the song “The Need” (“Potrzeba”) (written by M. Łukasiewicz, music by W. Stefanowicz) and common reading of Tuwim’s children’s verse “Locomotive”.

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Invitation to the September’s Open Day in Engine Shed

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We would like to invite you to yet another Open Day in Engine Shed, which will take place on Saturday, 2nd September from 11AM to 3PM. Visiting groups, led by a guide dressed in a historical railway uniform, will have the opportunity to learn of the history of vehicles in our collection and the Shed itself. This year, our guests can enjoy the longer sightseeing route inside the biggest building in the Shed’s complex – the roundhouse from 1862-1942. Except the collection of historical rolling stock, our usual exhibitions are also opened to the visitors:

  • steam engines maintenance equipment,
  • interactive exhibition of signaling and traffic safety equipment.

Guided tours will start at 11AM, 12AM, 1PM and 2PM.

Tired and hungry visitors can taste delicious grilled dishes at the stand of Atmosfera pizza house.

Free admission.


We are not afraid of storms…

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… and so are not our volunteers. The third Volunteers Camp, supported by the National Board of Heritage, was dominated by rather unfavourable weather. On Friday, it was still possible to continue the outdoor works, mostly devoted to the renovation of the turntable and class Ty51-1, but starting from Saturday’s afternoon this area of activity become impossible. At first it was a bit of challenge to find some works inside the buildings. In case of the turntable, renovation effort was focused at the interior of the operator’s booth.

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Those interested in the renovation of steam engines could help us by the exhibits standing inside the roundhouse. The help of the volunteers was also very valuable at the exhibition of signalling devices.

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On Sunday, our efforts were observed and filmed by the crew preparing a document about the programme Volunteering for Heritage. Not only the volunteers’ efforts were recorded – those willing to, had the opportunity to say a couple of words about their motivation to participate in such programme and why they were specifically interested in Skiernieiwce’s shed.

We would like to thank to the participants of the 3rd Volunteers Camp and encourage all interested in subscribing for the next part, which will take place from 1st to 3rd September.

Volunteers Camp is sponsored by

NID-logotyp-oddzial-WARSZAWA

as a part of programme

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Media patronage

Skierniewice24.pl     rsc_nowe       Głos Skierniewic     its    Stalowe Szlaki      logo_radio_lodz

Material support

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We started the renovation of the pump house

dsc_0052 In the beginning of August we started renovation of the oldest building in the Shed’s complex – the pump house which was serving the Skierniewice railway station since 1880. Renovation works are sponsored by the Council of Łódź Voivodeship and funds from the 1% of income tax. Works will be carried out by company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice and will involve rebuilding of the damaged roof.

 

 

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2nd part of Volunteers Camp

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From 4th to 6th August, a 2nd part of our Volunteers Camp took place. The camp is supported by the sponsorship of the National Board of Heritage. At its peak, nearly 30 people were taking part in the camp (including members of PARE). Participants were involved in wide range of works, starting from upkeep of green areas of the Shed, help by renovation of the exhibits, finishing on the aid during the Open Days. Each volunteer, after undergoing the obligatory health and safety training, could find something interesting – we made and effort to provide different activities each day.

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One of the most difficult tasks, in which volunteers engaged on Friday, was the replacement of glass panes at the back of the roundhouse. This side of the building, facing the river, is lately a victim of vandals tossing stones at our windows. Volunteers had the opportunity to replace the broken glass and take measurements for the order of new panes from the mobile work platform.

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Participants of the second Volunteers Camp also helped by the renovation of our heaviest exhibit – class Ty51-1, which later started to rapidly deteriorate due to constant exposure to the elements outside. Despite the summer heat, volunteers were removing the old paint from the coal box of the tender car and covered it with the first layer of anti-corrosion paint. We intend to continue this work during the upcoming camps. At the moment the main aim is to secure the most rusted parts of the engine from further deterioration.

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Participants were also involved in the maintenance of the turntable. We replaced the glass in the operators booth and supplemented the missing electrical equipment (searchlights). The main task was to continue repainting of the turntable – it will return to its look from the 1980′. The final of the works will be the repair of barraging signals lanterns which still need to be completed, both from electrical and mechanical part.

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Volunteers helped us in the organisation of the Open Day, upkeep of green areas and painting of further parts of the fence (which was painted for the last time at the time of being erected). The last two activities were supported thanks to the tools sponsored by Castorama from Skierniewice.

We would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers and sponsors!

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Volunteers Camp is sponsored by

  NID-logotyp-oddzial-WARSZAWA

as a part of programme

nid

Media patronage

Skierniewice24.pl     rsc_nowe       Głos Skierniewic     its    Stalowe Szlaki      logo_radio_lodz


Intense August’s Open Day

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The sweltering summer weather did not presaged such a great attendance during the Open Day on 5th August. For four hours our guides had their hands full while showing around 381 visitors. A great help on this day were the participants of the Volunteers Camp, which took place from 4th to 6th August, thanks to the support of the National Board of Heritage.

We would like to thank our guests for the visit and our volunteers for their invaluable help.

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Invitation to the photographic evening in Engine Shed

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According to the numerous requests, on the coming Saturday, 19th August, we have prepared a special open photo-day in Engine Shed. Between 6PM and 9PM we would like to invite all the enthusiasts of photography to visit us and take pictures without the crowds of tourists in the background. Visitors have to comply with the special sightseeing rules.

Participation is free.

 


After the first Volunteers Camp

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On 13th July 2017 our Volunteers Camp commenced. Similarly to last year, it is supported by the National Board of Heritage, as a part of programme Volunteering for Heritage. First camp took place in the shed from 13th to 16th July, attracting nearly 20 people interested in helping PARE in its activities. Among the volunteers were participant’s of the last year’s camps as well as many new faces.

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The main part of activities planned for this and further camps focuses on the central part of the shed – the turntable. Majority of refurbishment was already done a couple of years ago, however it still required repainting of the railings and operator’s booth. Thanks to the volunteers efforts, the device is regaining the look from it’s prime time in 1980’s.

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Camp’s participants took part in other activities as well. They trimmed the grass, helped in replacing broken glass in windows, removed the waste from the previous’ year’s building renovations and painted the fence facing the Łowicka street. There was also a moment to help with renovation of our exhibits – steam engines class Ol49-4, Tkp 6042 and railway signalling devices.

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Volunteers Camp is sponsored by

NID-logotyp-oddzial-WARSZAWA

as a part of programme

nid

Media patronage

Skierniewice24.pl     rsc_nowe       Głos Skierniewic     its    Stalowe Szlaki      logo_radio_lodz