Another season of track works has begun


An exceptionally cold and snowy March didn’t provided much opportunities for outdoor activities. Just on the last weekend (24th to 25th March) were we able to begin the long planned improvements in Shed’s track infrastructure. This year we will take care of the most dilapidated track leading from the turntable to the roundhouse’s stand 12. The first day gave us hints that a hard work awaits us – some of track screws are rusted solid and some were hidden under a thick layer of concrete at the entrance to the roundhouse.

The works, supported by the President of City of Skierniewice, will be continued on 14th and 15th April. If you would like to help us, please contact us at wolontariat@psmk.org.pl.


Tourism fairs “Where cultures meet”


From 16th to 18th March we promoted our Shed during the 24th Fairs of Regional Tourism “Where cultures meet”. The visitors of the fairs could find us at the Łódź International Fair hall at Politechniki Street 4, where we had our stand. Contrary to previous years, this time we were the only representatives from Skierniewice. Traditionally, we were dressed in the historical railway uniforms.

During the fairs we took the time to not only promote our facility but also to refresh the old acquaintance and establish new contacts.

See you again, Łódź, in a year. And still this year we will be present on one more fairs – in Zabrze.


We took part in the conference „History on sightseeing routes”

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On 14th and 15th March our colleagues Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska and Ariel Ciechański (representing also the department of Geography and Landscape Planning of the Polish Academy of Science) took part in the conference „History on sightseeing routes”. The conference was organized by the Museum in Rybnik and the University’s of Silesia Institute of History in Katowice. Our representatives gave a lecture “Engine Shed Skierniewice as inspiration with railway history for tourists”. The event was not only an opportunity to promote our Shed but also to learn of invaluable experiences of other similar facilities.

Class Tp3-36 back on track


One of our steam engines – class Tp3-36 – was serving as a stationary monument in Zbąszynek, far away from Skierniewice. A matter of distance seriously restricted our control over the engine. Due to the lack of fund for the purpose, we were not able to relocate it to the Shed. Fortunately, a couple of months ago, a branch of Polish Army Museum – the Museum of Armoured Arms – become interested in the engine. The museum is preparing a new exhibition and is looking for a locomotive typical for the Greater Poland area during the early years of inter-war period.

Soon we were contacted and started talking about the future fate of the locomotive. On 22nd February the engine was moved on the tracks of Zbąszynek station and carefully shunted to the shed of Koleje Wielkopolskie, where it will undergo an external renovation. The feat was possible thanks to the invaluable help of Koleje Wielkopolskie and PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.. It was also a great opportunity for the crews of Emergency Trains from Poznań and Zielona Góra to exercise a re-railing of a vehicle. Once the renovation will be completed, the engine will be transported to the museum in Poznań. It will become a deposit-exhibit of our Shed.

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Photo: D. Kiper, J. Czerwiński

We would like to express our gratitude to all involved in the relocation and our colleagues from Średzka Kolej Dojazdowa, who helped in preparation of the engine for relocation.

More parts for the block signal box frame

Despite the winter wind howling in most parts of the Shed, the signalling division of the association is at work. As you may recall from the previous post, we are currently renovating a small lever frame from a block signal box (built 1949). Every other weekend there are new parts added to it. This time it took us one Saturday to repair the electrical switches. You can see the switches before and after the process on the below pictures. Also, check out how the renovation was progressing ona short movie on our YouTube channel.

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We become the honorary ambassador of Skierniewice


Once again 25 years of activity of our Association has been distinguished (the first time was the last year’s Steam Engine of Culture prize to our colleague Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska). Thanks to the nomination by the people of Skierniewice we were appointed the Honorary Ambassador of Skierniewice. On 19th February, during the gala on the occasion of 561st anniversary of granting the town rights to Skierniewice, we received the honourable mention from the President of City of Skierniewice, Mr Krzysztof Jażdżyk. Apart from one company from Skierniewice we were the only legal entity to receive such prize. Thank you!

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Railway exhibits await your 1%


The end of the January is the time for the flat-tax payers to report to the tax office and soon the other tax payers will do the same after receiving their PIT-11 forms. This is also the time when we would like to ask you to support us with your 1% of income tasks.

Why is it worth to support us? We use the money received from the 1% as the own capital required to receive other funding actually multiplying its worth. Thanks to that we managed to accomplish the following in 2017:

  • 26 194,90 PLN received from 1%,
  • 22 000 PLN received from the Łódź Voivodeship’s Conservationist Office for the roundhouse roof repairs above stands 12 and 13,
  • 26 250 PLN received from the Council of Łódź Voivodeship for the renovation of the pump house.
  • 14 500 PLN received from the City Council of Skierniewice for track repairs.

Additionally, thanks to the support of the National Board of Heritage we organized a series of Volunteers Camps during which:

  • we continued the renovation of the steam engine class Ol49-4,
  • started rust-proofing of the engine class Ty51-1,
  • continued upkeep of the Shed’s surroundings,
  • repainted the turntable and the fence surrounding the Shed,
  • prepare new exhibits for the exhibition of railway signalling.

How we will spend the 1% in 2018? Similarly to previous years, it will become the basis of the own capital required to receive further subsidies – mostly devoted for repairs of buildings. We would like to remind, that renovation of buildings is the first stage to our target which is the complete historical train in a working order. We will also continue the work by the rolling stock (class Ol49-4, TKp 6042) and the signal box equipment on the signalling exhibition.

To support us, remember to provide our KRS number 0000216091 on your PIT tax form and the pledged amount. Thank you!

First donation in 2018


On 18th January results of the financing competition for non-profit organizations were revealed. We are happy to report that we were granted 20 000 PLN for the most urgent tasks regarding the maintenance of the tracks in the Shed. This amount will be increased by at least 5 000 PLN of own capital. We will start the works with the beginning of March and target the tracks leading to the turntable and the main track out of the shed.

We would like to express our gratitude to the city council. Soon we will provide more details to all those willing to help us in track repairs.

Summarizing the crowd-funding

As promised, we would like to summarize the crowd-funding which helped us finance the own capital for the repair of the roundhouse’s roof above stands 12 and 13. Just as reminder, the funding received from the Łódź Voivodeship Conservationist Office amounted in 22 000 PLN.


Total spendings were:

  • 11 042,77 PLN – invoiced for the roof repairs,
  • 861 PLN – construction inspection,
  • 220,37 PLN – crowd-funding operational costs.

Total: 12 124,14 PLN.

Received donations were:

  • 7450 PLN – direct donations by PARE members or their relatives,
  • 1013,07 PLN – direct donations by individuals not related with PARE,
  • 6666 PLN – received from zrzutka.pl crowd-funding (6445,63 PLN without the above mentioned provision).

Total: 14 908,70 PLN nett (15 129,07 PLN gross).

The exceeding 3004,93 PLN will be devoted to other ongoing renovation works and to purchase the give-aways to the participants of the crowd-funding.

We would like to thank to all the supporters, especially the barrister’s office Duda Wasilewska Adwokaci sp.p., authors of railway law-related blog www.kolejnaprawo.pl. Soon we will contact you in regards of the give-aways.



Summarizing the year


Similarly to the previous season, we would like to summarize the passing year and take the opportunity to pass our gratitude to the Volunteers and Sponsors without whose help, the results of our work would be much more modest.


As in the previous years, a primary concern for us was the renovation of the historical buildings. 2017 was less spectacular in this area. The main highlight was receiving the funding to start the renovation of the old pump house. The works were financed by the Council of the Łódź Voivodeship with the amount of 26 250 PLN and allowed us to rebuild the portion of the roof. The work totalled to 43 013,21 PLN thanks to the money from 1% of income tax for 2016.


A pleasant surprise awaited us in the end of the year. Thanks to the funding by the Łódź Voivodeship’s Conservationist Office in the amount of 22 000 PLN we were able to complete the roof reconstruction above the most damaged parts of roundhouse roof above stands 12 and 13. Again, we had to back-up the financing with own capital in amount of 11 000 PLN. This time, due to limited budged, we needed to resource to the donations made by members of PARE, our fans and a crowdfunding via zrzutka.pl portal.

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A record-breaking financing from the city council of Skierniewice (14 500 PLN) was devoted for the track works. Thanks to it, we were able to buy some reused concrete track ties and pay for their transport. A ballast was provided for free by a sponsor. This time we passed on manual labour and facilitated the hardest work (ties laying, resurfacing track base) with a rented backhoe loader.

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We continued the projects aiming at developing the volunteers initiative in the Engine Shed. Thanks to the support of the National Board of Heritage (17 600 PLN), as a part of programme “Volunteering for Heritage”, we organized eight volunteers camps, during which participants helped up in the upkeep of the Shed’s surroundings, repainted the fence and the turntable and helped us in the renovation works by the engines class Ol49-4, Ty51-1 and TKp 6042. As a part of the programme, we also prepared new, multilingual promotional leaflets.

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Summarizing the financial aspects of our activity, we managed to collect over 80 000 PLN for the renovation works. Therefore, we nearly tripled the amount received from 1% of income tax (26 000 PLN).


Due to the time-consuming track works and turntable repainting, we did not devoted as much time for rolling stock repairs. In 2017 we finished the paint job by the steam engines class Ol49-4 and TKp 6042 “Śląsk”. We also started rust-proofing the class Ty51-1 displayed outdoors.

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Malowanie podstawy

In 2017 we also intensified activities concerning the exhibition of railway signalling and traffic equipment. We gave a new life to an old block device with key interlocking brought from the station Gawrony. Years of service and subsequent storage in unfavourable conditions left the device in a sorry state. Thankfully, it was intact inside and is still operational. With a lot of effort put into cleaning, repainting and repairing the wooden parts, the device is again pleasant to the eyes.

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We continued to expand the railway telecommunication exposition by preparing a third room for this purpose. Initially, it was housing the small portion of the Siemens exchange. After moving it to the target place, the room will be re-purposed to display two Polish-built town exchanges of type FT-200 (Strowger system) and CK-20 (crossbar system). We thought that it will not take much effort but there were plenty of “surprises” that expanded the renovation time line to nearly a year.

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This year we did not managed to break the attendance record finishing with a 5555 visitors crossing the gates of the Shed. We guess that this was due to two factors. First of all, unfavourable weather nearly halved the number of guests during the usually most busy time which is the Skierniewice’s Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables. Second, there were much less events addressed to the fans of vintage cars which we used to host. The biggest event was the 30th anniversary of PARE which was attended by 546 guests.

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On behalf of the members and volunteers of PARE, we would like to express our gratitude to all sponsors and supporters.

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