2016

Under snow blanket…

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Winter and all its attributes, snow and frost, slows down the activities in Skierniewice’s Shed. Work in cold is not easy. Multilayer clothing restricts movements and even gloved hands stiffen in contact with metal parts and tools. Even an after work wash-up may be unpleasant. Hot tea quickly gains the quality of a poor cold drink and an instant soup, when unattended becomes a cold cream.

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Yet, there are moments when winter sights rewards for the inconveniences.
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Fresh snow and sharp winter sunlight allows one to view the Shed from a different perspective. White coat covers everything hiding the flaws. Trees and rolling stock receive their own white blanket. Sun uncovers the long forgotten nooks.
One can also learn that we are not the only hosts of the Shed. The snow gives away all secrets – multiple trails of all more or less domestic animals.


Flat-rate taxpayers, remember about us when settling with IRS!

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The end of January is the usual time of settling the taxes for flat-rate taxpayers. This is why we would already like to remind you of the possibility of donating your 1% of income tax to PARE.

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Why would you support exactly us? Because we are doing our best to multiply the received money for the good of technical heritage. In 2015:

  • We received over 27 thousand PLN from 1% donation.
  • Using the above money as initial capital, we received 100 thousand PLN of subsidies for rebuilding and refurbishing of the Shed’s buildings.
  • Another 19 thousand PLN was provided by the sponsors for works connected with rolling stock.

Thanks to the resources received from 1% donation, subsidies of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the City Council of Skierniewice and sponsors like Freightliner PL and PKP Cargo:

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  • We rebuilt the oldest part of the roundhouse – the so-called Łowicz annexe. The works included reconstruction of ceilings and roof. In the future this part will be housing the new interactive railway signaling exhibition.
  • We saved the unique American tank car from 1944.
  • We continued the works by the refrigerator car and class Ol49-4 steam engine.

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And for what we will devote the 1% donation received in 2016? Similarly to the previous years it will become the initial capital for subsidies for renovation works – we intend to finish the repairs of roundhouse roof and start rebuilding the skylight. We will also continue the ongoing rolling stock renovation works.

If you would like to support us you only need to provide in your PIT tax form the KRS number of our organization 0000216091 and the donated amount. Each, even the smallest, help will be gladly appreciated -thank you!


2015

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all the best to members, volunteers, supporters and fans of PARE on the occasion of coming Christmas

May this exceptional time fill you hearts with comfort and hope, and let you overcome even the biggest of obstacles.

Zima w Parowozowni


Preparing new location for historical telephonic exchange.

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While expanding the railway communication exhibition (which includes recreating the “Einheitbasa” railway exchange) we spend the last summer and beginning of autumn on building a final piece of equipment in future exhibition rooms – a masonry stove.

The stove will play a double role of an exhibit and actual heating device. The youngest visitors will witness that several decades ago it was a typical situation that right next to the precise and modern (as for its times) equipment, a primitive but effective device provided the heat for men and dry air for machines. A masonry stove requires lots of troublesome maintenance, yet the atmosphere created by it is irreplaceable by any modern heating device.

Similarly to the first stove built in 2013, we reused the tiles and materials from heaters which we recovered from Warszawa-Stalowa station before its demolishing in 1996.

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After rebuilding, the stove required a couple of weeks to dry. Together with the first cold days it underwent the first heating tests. The result was satisfactory – it can now provide us heat during the winter as we will assemble the remaining equipment. In photos we present the first stage of stove building and the final result.

As the stove was drying, we took our time to resurface the floors. Thankfully, the original floor was not damaged in any way so a thin layer of concrete was enough to obtain leveled surface required for linoleum. We also fitted sockets and light switches made of beautiful brow bakelite – also saved from now nonexistent post-railway buildings. We want that every detail of the surroundings of the exchange corresponds to the epoch of the normal use of this type of exchange.

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The last stage of the adaptation works was replacement of the bars in one of the window. The old one, made around 1980’s presented the most sloppy of welding jobs we have ever seen. A new one is better fitted to the widow frame and corresponds to the shape of bars in neighboring windows.

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As the adaptation works reached their end we can start the long-awaited process of assembling the exchange. The cabinets with long-range carriers amplifiers will be placed as first. Devices, which awaits assembling, were produced in early 1970’s in former GDR by VEB Rundfunk- und Fernmelde-Technik (RFT) in Leipzig and Bautzen, as well as by the State Telecommunication Works in Warsaw. The equipment was reclaimed form the railway exchanges of the Central Railway District.


Another Hungarian car identified.

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Thanks to the cooperation with Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transportation we managed to identify one of the Hungarian box cars from our collection. As the producer’s plate was missing, basing only on the claims of the previous owner, we thought that the car was built around 1893. We were able to verify this presumption after we found the serial number of the car. The initial number, given by the Royal Hungarian Railways (MAV – Magyar Királyi Államvasutak) was 123 717. Thanks to this, we found out that the car was built between 1896 and 1902 (probably in 1898) by Ganz & Co works from Budapest and was subscribed as a standard type XVB1, Grn series designed in 1891.

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Around 6700 cars of this type have been built by various manufacturer – the mentioned Ganz & Co, Ships and Machines Build Works from Budapest, Györ Works, Schlick Wagon Works in Budapest and Janos Weitzer Wagon Works in Arad (currently in Romania).


Ending another year of our activity…

… so its time to sum up the most important works and thank to all the supporters without whom many of our actions would not be possible.

Traditionally, the most important part were the repairs of the old buildings. In 2015, after three-years break, we managed to obtain a financing sufficient to rebuilt the oldest part of the shed, the so-called “Łowicz annex”. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage provided for this purpose 100000 PLN. It was the biggest fund PARE has ever received but the only one we had this year (despite five other requests). The total cost of the rebuilding works reached 140000 PLN. The remaining money were obtained from own sources (the 1% from income tax – most of the 27000 PLN received in 2015) and the donation from PKP Group.

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The donation of the City Council of Skierniewice (7000 PLN) was devoted for preparing the documentation required for further adaptation of the Engine Shed as a museum and cultiral facility.

Rolling stock conservation works in 2015 concentrated around the rebuilding of beer refrigerator car from 1912. The required resources came from 1% of income tax and donation of PKP Group.

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On behalf of members and volunteers of PARE we would like to say a big thank you to allour supporters and sponsors.

PARE sponsors in 2015

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Conference „To save from rusting away”

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During the anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad we co-organized or took part in many different events.

The 3rd Conference „To save from rusting away” organized by the Railway Museum in Warsaw and Masovian Voivodeship Conservationist Office took place on 25th November, in Żyrardów’s Aparthotel Old Spinning Mill (actually placed in the old linen factory).

The conference was devoted to the history of WVR, its material heritage and its conservation. PARE was represented by Michał Jerczyński, who gave a speech “The Architecture of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad – development and problems of preservation”.

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After the panel discussion participants could visit the newly organized Linen Industry Museum, created and maintained by volunteers in the remaining objects of Żyrardów’s Linen Factory. Most of the exhibits is the original equipment from the last years of factory operation. Similary to Skierniewice Engine Shed, the interior and machines of the Museum are slowly brought back to life.

 


After the Railwaymen Day

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On Saturday, 28th November we invited our fans to the last in this year Open Days in Engine Shed, this time on the occasion of Railwaymen Day. Due to the ongoing track works on the neighboring railway station, the event was much more modest than in previous years, mostly because of lack of the exhibition of contemporary rolling stock. Nevertheless, despite the unpleasant weather, we were visited by 150 guests. As each year, among the visitors were the pupils of Primary School № 4 who handed us the wishes and gifts addressed to all railwaymen.

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On Sunday, 29th  November at 12:30PM a mass for railwaymen benefit took place in St. Jacob Church in Skierniewice.

 


PARE becomes a member of Regional Touristic Organization

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On 27th October our association have became a member of the Regional Touristic Organization of Łódź Voivodeship, with which we cooperate since several years. Simultaneously, this act underlines the important role of Skierniewice Engine Shed as a major point on the regional map of postindustrial touristic attractions.


All Souls Day Collection

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Since 1975 Social Committee for Restoration of Old Powązki Cemetery collects money on 1st and 2nd November to save the historic graves at this cemetery. More than 250 people from the world of culture, science and politics took part in this noble event. Members of PARE also joined the collection accompanied by the representatives of railway companies: SKM, WKD and PKP PLK. The eight volunteers conducted the collection near the grave of Stanisław Wysocki. This year’s collection was really successful and totaled to nearly 215 thousand zlotys.

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