2018

Invitation to the 2018 volunteers camp

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Encouraged by the positive response to our previous summer camps for volunteers, we would like to invite all the interested for a yet another edition of this initiative. You can join us and test yourself as a volunteer in the Engine Shed Skierniewice on the following days:

  • 11th – 15th August,
  • 25th – 26th August,
  • 22nd – 23rd September,
  • 6th – 7th October,
  • 20th – 21st October.

All those who are at least 16 years old, are of good health and would like to devote their free time in the rescue of railway heritage are welcome. We encourage the participants to choose from the many of planned activities:

  • renovation of steam engines class Ol49-4, Tkp 6042 “Śląsk” and Ty51-1,
  • expansion of the exhibition of railway signalling and traffic control,
  • track works in front of the roundhouse,
  • upkeep of the surroundings and green areas of the shed,
  • maintenance and repairs outside and inside of the Shed’s buildings,
  • other works depending on the needs and attendance.

To subscribe to the event, please use the special entry form. During the camp, the coordinator of the project will be awaiting the participants on Friday 10th August starting from 7PM. During one of the first days we will organize the Health and Safety training. Each day we will start the work at around 10AM and continue till 7PM. Each day will be concluded with a hot meal.

To the participants, we provide:

  • return of the costs of commuting to/from Skierniewice (only 2nd class train tickets or equivalent public transportation or bus tickets) – based on the original tickets or printouts of the internet tickets;
  • overnight stay in the Shed, in the camping standard (in case of the number of participants exceeding the capacity of our social area, we will look for the possibility of overnight stay outside the Shed);
  • water and hot meals;
  • basic work clothing (gloves);
  • tools;
  • a participation certificate, if requested.

Due to the limited capacity of our social area and the need to plan the activities in advance, we would like you to state in the enrolment form the intended time of stay, accomodation preference and the activities you are interested in.

If you would like to receive more information regarding the volunteers camp, please contact us at wolontariat@psmk.org.pl

The volunteers camp is supported by

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice


Axiliad III or volunteers versus bushes

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The plan for another volunteers camp, which took place on 22nd and 23rd September, was straightforward: to cut down as much as possible of the overgrowth in the old coal storage. We made a good use of all available in the Shed saws, shears and chainsaws. For 2 days 20 volunteers removed most of the unwanted plants. It was also possible thanks to the experience of some of the participants – our colleagues from Żuławska Commuters Railway from Nowy Dwór Gdański and Upper Silesia Narrow-gauge Railway from Bytom.

We intend to continue the work on the next camp, which will take place on 6th and 7th October.

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The volunteers camp is supported by the National Heritage Board – Together for Heritage.

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With axe and shears – the second volunteers camp in the Shed

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Another turn of this year’s volunteers camp took place during the weekend of 25th and 26th August. We had quite ambitious plans but the weather stood against us. Still, it did not discouraged from continuing the uneven fight with the overgrowth. This time we had to chop our way through the little jungle that over the years took over the old coal storage. We would like to say a big thank you to all the participants. Those who would like to help us but hadn’t the opportunity so far can join us on 22nd and 23rd September. See you!

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The volunteers camp is supported by the National Heritage Board – Together for Heritage.

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Beginning of the Volunteers Camp

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Not without unforeseen difficulties, we managed to commence the series of volunteers camps. According to the requirements of the supporting institutions (the National Board of Heritage), we focused on the upkeep of the Shed’s surroundings. Therefore, there was hardly anyone working by the renovation of class Ty51-1 engine – most of the efforts were directed to fight the overgrowth and remove the traces of vandalism, which involved replacing the broken glass in windows and painting over the graffiti.

During the first stage of the camp (11th-15th August) participants directed their efforts to clean up and repaint the gates on the entry tracks from the side of the station. Due to the remoteness of this part of the shed from other buildings and frequent need to use power tools, we made a good use of the portable electric generator.

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Another group of volunteers cleaned the area behind the roundhouse and then the coal storage, starting from track № 53. they had to simultaneously cut out the overgrowth and remove the remains of previous works in this area. In the past we had some problems with getting rid of the plant waste. This time wood was immediately crumbled into chips and disposed.

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We also organised an open-for-all events. On 12th August a screening of documentary about Józef Piłsudski “17 days that decided of Poland” took place. The film was directed by Leszek Staroń. Some scenes of the documentary were shot in our Shed e.g. the interiors of army staff train was actually the passenger compartment of “Wittfeld” motor unit. After the screening, the participants had the opportunity to discuss the film with the director and his crew.

Except the obligatory work on the upkeep of the Shed, we used some spare moments to tend our exhibits – renovation of the block signal box frame on the signalling exhibition and repainting of the class Ty51-1.

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The volunteers camp is supported by the National Heritage Board – Together for Heritage.

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2017

“Volunteering in Engine Shed Skierniewice as a creation of patriotic care for heritage of the first Polish Railway” – summing up the project.

Remembering the positive experience of the last year’s volunteers camp, we did not hesitate to apply, when the National Heritage Board announced another subsidy contest for volunteers projects. The procedures took time till April 2017. After signing the agreement we could proceed to the most important step, namely the organization of the Camp. Due to the lack of a full-time employees, we had to divide the Camp into shorter parts. We began the recruiting process and impatiently waited for the first applications. Among the participants there were a couple of familiar faces as well as plenty of newcomers.

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Similarly to the last year we decided to split one long volunteers camp into 8 parts occurring from June till November. Each part lasted from two to four days mainly over weekends. The accommodation was provided in the social part of the Shed which was an unquestionable attraction to the young participants.

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Before the first camp, we had to supplement the stock of work clothing and personal protection as well as paints, brushes, tolls and other equipment required for the planned works. The camp was preceded with a Health and Safety training which took place on the first day of the event. Each participant was provided with work clothing, personal protection, hot meals and insurance.

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Undoubtedly, the most popular activity was the help in renovation of steam engines class Ol49-5 and Ty51-1. In case of a bad weather we organized a second work area indoors by the tank engine “Śląsk” class Tkp 6042. Volunteers focused on cleaning the surface of the engines from rust and old paint. They also took part in preparation and painting of small parts before installing them on engines.

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Another major area of works was the clean-up of the surroundings of the Shed and removal of signs of devastation. Those works had a priority this year. We continued tidying up the backyard behind the roundhouse. We also mown the lawn across the whole area of the shed and continued the removal of self-sown trees in the old coal storage.

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A challenging task for the volunteers was the repair of windows broken by vandals at the back of the roundhouse. Due to the height, it was possible to carry out the works only by the use of AWP vehicle.

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We engaged the volunteers in the renovation of the most prominent objects of the Shed. The major workforce was directed to the turntable, which regained the proper look and functionality. Volunteers helped us by the painting and repairing the windows in operator’s cab and fixing the electric lights. Thanks to the material support of the “Castorama” building market from Skierniewice, it was possible to finish the renovation of the fence along the Łowicka and Bielańska streets.

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We took care to engage the volunteers in educational part of our activity. Participants of each part of the Camp had at least one opportunity to help us as guide aids. In case of volunteers who had the experience from the past year and a proper theoretical knowledge, they were responsible for guiding the tours at the exhibition of railway signalling.

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A group of volunteers took part in the renovation of the devices from above mentioned exhibition. Under the supervision of PARE members with knowledge in this area, they have learned about the proper conservation of those devices and were made aware of the significance of keeping those artefacts in working order, not only as museum exhibits but also a valuable learning help.

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In Autumn, as the weather become milder, participants of the Camp helped in replacing the ties in the tracks of the Shed. They provided an invaluable help in the recycling of the track ballast and removal of old wooden ties. They also assisted us in reclaiming of the track fittings.

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The last part was the design of new promotional materials for the Shed, directed especially to the visitors from abroad. We decided to try out something new in a form of so-called e-volunteering. One volunteer prepared new designs of the leaflets for the shed. Next, we searched over the Internet for the people eager to help in translation to English, German, French, Russian and Czech. Additionally, due to the growing community of Ukrainians in the vicinity of Skierniewice, we decided to prepare a separate translation of some of the leaflets also in this language.

Summary of activities and tasks completed in the project

Factor Planned Fulfilled
Number of organized camps  1  1
Number of camps participants  45  120
Number of supervisors (organizers)  5 5
Number of events supported by volunteers  5 6
Number of visitors during the events  3000  3500
Number of listed historical objects worked on  3  3
Financed by the National Heritage Board, programme Volunteering for Heritage

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Material support

castorama

 


Volunteers helping in track works

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Our project of Volunteers Camps is slowly reaching its end. During the last editions of the weekend camps from 21st to 22nd October and 4th to 5th November the participants helped us in the preparation to the track renovation and maintenance works. They assisted in a labour-intense process of recycling of the old ballast, classification and storing of the track fittings and removal of the damaged track ties. We still plan to complete the track works before the end of November to keep the vital track № 59 passable.

We would like to say a big thanks to more than 30 participants of the camps who often visited us more than once and assisted us in the maintenance of the Shed.

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Financed by the National Heritage Board, programme Volunteering for Heritage

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Skierniewice24.pl     rsc_nowe       Głos Skierniewic     its    Stalowe Szlaki      logo_radio_lodz

Material support

castorama


Volunteers tidied up the Shed’s surroundings

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Due to the rainy weather, we had to reorganize the first days of yet another volunteers camp. We had to put aside the renovation works by the class Ty51-1 engine and focus on the upkeep of the shed’s buildings and surrounding areas. Volunteers dealt swiftly with heaps of leafs and cut grass and proceeded to fight the self-sown plants in the old coal storage.

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They also continued the work on replacing the broken glass panes at the back of the roundhouse. The rented AWP helped in reaching the highest parts of the windows. Simultaneously we cleaned up the area behind the main roundhouse. We were also able to continue the repainting of the fence thanks to the supply of paints provided by “Castorama” from Skierniewice.

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Sponsored from the funds of THE National Heritage Board – Volunteering for Heritage programme

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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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Material support

castorama


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

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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

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as a part of programme

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Media patronage

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