2018

A walk on the Old Powązki Cemetery

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On the 173rd anniversary of opening of the first stretch of Warsaw – Vienna Railroad we would like to invite you to the annual Walk on the Old Powązki Cemetery on 14th June. We meet by the St. Onorata gate at 2PM. Our colleague, Marek Moczulski will start the meeting by the grave of Stanisław Wysocki (the main constructor of the WVR) and then guide the walk along the route of the graves of famous people related with railways.

Free admission.


The 9th Railway Night of Museums

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The 9th Railway Night of Museums is already the past. Despite the force majeure made the preparations much more difficult, the event took place on 19th May as planned. We were visited by a decent number of 576 guests, taking into account a major competition of other facilities prepared for this event in Skierniewice. This edition of the Night of Museums was also a good opportunity to make some observations and plans for improvements and new attractions for the next year.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Łódź Metropolitan Railway (ŁKA) which prepared a special offer for the guests of the Shed allowing the to return for free to their departure point. We would also like to thank to Atmosfera Pizza house which provided the catering during the event.

To all those who visited us we would like to say “See you in a year”. For those who were not able to join us this year, we publish a couple of photos from the event.

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We took part in the 1st Meeting of Railway Modellers in Żyrardów

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On the invitation of the colleagues from the Independent Railway Modelling Project, on 12th and 13th May we took part in the 1st Meeting of Railway Modellers in Żyrardów. It was a great opportunity to promote the Shed in the city which is and actual neighbour of Skierniewice. Visitors could not only learn more about the history of our Shed but also obtain promotional materials of our colleagues from the Association of Upper Silesia Narrow Gauge Railways which takes care of the Bytom – Tarnowskie Góry Railway.

We would like to express our gratitude to the hosts of the event and see you soon in Skierniewice.

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Continuing the track repairs

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We reached the semi-finals of the repairs of the track № 12 leading to one of the stands of the roundhouse. The works are supported by the City Council of Skierniewice. So far we managed to resurface the track bed, remove the old ballast, which requires sieving and cleaning and prepare a fresh layer of ballast. At the beginning of May we laid new ties (actually recovered from other railway but in good shape). Next we put the rails on their target positions.

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This job would took us much longer if not for the help of Mr Jan Markowicz, the owner of a backhoe loader which is irreplaceable in this kind of work. Except the dismantling and repair of track № 12 we managed to collect more regenerated reinforced ties which arrived in the shed during the long weekend. We will need them during the oncoming repairs of other parts of our track layout.

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We still need to fasten the rails, level the track and stabilize it with the ballast. Part of those activities will be completed in the upcoming weeks but the ballasting will wait till autumn. In the meantime we will start repairs by the neighbouring track № 13. This one may pose some challenges as we will need to fasten a lighter rails of type “8” to concrete ties devoted for heavier rails.

Below is a time-lapse taken during one of the repair days. Enjoy!


We participate in Tesco competition – “You decide, we help”

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Dear Fans and Visitors.

For the second time we managed to find ourselves in the finals of Tesco Poland competition “You decide, we help” – this time as the only representative from Skierniewice. Therefore we are looking forward to the votes of the citizens of the city upon Łupia river. This year, every participant will receive some form of gratification, so the stakes are high. Voting for our project: Volunteers helping in development of Skierniewice Engine Shed will end on 4th June.

What will we do with the prize if we receive any prize from the competition? The prize for the 1st and 2nd place will be enough to improve our exhibition of railway signalling and traffic devices. We would like to refresh the exhibition room, repair more exhibits and add more interaction to it. The aim is not only to make it more attractive to the regular visitors but also more useful e.g. for the students of Skierniewice railway school.

You can cast your vote in the following Tesco shops:

  • Ułańska 12, Łowicz,
  • Lelewela 8/10, Skierniwice
  • Reymonta 25, Skierniewice,
  • Czesława Liska 1, Skierniewice
  • Wójtowska 2D, Sochaczew

14th season of Open Days in Engine Shed has begun!

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The first of this year’s series of Open Days was one of its kind. Usually, we report the significant attendance of visitors during the events which bring much more people to Skierniewice – the Night of Museums or the Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables. This time we broke the record of attendance during the classic Open Day when the Shed is the only target for tourists. On 5th May 607 people has visited us. We are also glad to report that the sixth of this number took advantage of the special offer for free return by Łódź Metropolitan Railway (ŁKA). Thank you!

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Another trip to Czechia

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From time to time we travel across the border to see how others deal with their railway history and to have a break from our own renovation activities. Our usual direction is Czechia due to the language similarities and the fact that that some of us just fell in love with this country. The common travels are also a form of gratitude to our most active volunteers.

During the weekend of 21st and 22nd April we took part in an excursion to the directly neighbouring with Poland Moravian-Silesian province. Our first target was the still operational Třemešná ve Slezsku – Osoblaha narrow-gauge railway. For the younger generation of our volunteers it was paradoxically the first exposure to a narrow-gauge railway still doing its normal work – carrying passengers and goods all year round for the benefit of the local small towns. By the way we could see our colleagues from Slezské zemské dráhy (operating seasonal tourist trains) in action.

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The next day we devoted to visit Železniční muzeum moravskoslezské located in the part of the Ostrava střed railway station. The highlight of this visit was to learn more of the driving simulator of the class 742. We intend to build a similar attraction at our shed and we were eager to learn about the experiences of other in this field. The museum also hosts a permanent exhibition of railway signalling and temporary exhibitions regarding the history of railways.

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The last highlight of the trip was a visit to the historic coal mine Důl Michal. We were amazed by a pristine condition of the ground-level buildings of the mine. They look hasn’t changed from the time of closing down the facility back in 1993. It’s a great example to support the realistic contrary modern approach in technical and industrial museums.

 

 


Return back from Engine Shed for free!

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We renew our cooperation with Łódź Commuters Railway (ŁKA). On the same rules as in the previous year, the travellers visiting Skierniewice can return back with ŁKA train to their departure point for free. The only condition is to have your one-way ŁKA ticket stamped in the Shed. The offer is valid only during the following days:

  • 5th May – Open Day,
  • 19th May – Railway Night of Museums,
  • 2nd June – Children’s Day in Engine Shed,
  • 7th July – Open Day,
  • 4th August – Open Day,
  • 1st September – Open Day,
  • 15th and 16th September – The Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice,
  • 6th October – Open Day.

We took part in the 10th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism in Zabrze

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Since couple of years, with the beginning of Spring we travel to Upper Silesia to participate in a special event. From 13th to 14th April we took part in the 10th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism which took place in Zabrze’s Sports Hall. This year we shared our stand with colleagues from the Association of Upper Silesia Narrow Gauge Railroads. This way, in one place the visitors could learn about the offer and history of our engine shed and the longest continuously operational narrow-gauge in Poland connecting Bytom with Miasteczko Śląskie.

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Death of Andrzej Szadkowski

We regret to inform that our colleague, Andrzej Szadkowski, has pass away on 30th March 2018. We would like to express our condolences to his son and our former volunteer, Jakub.

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