Śrubena-Unia supported the repairs of points № 128


Our search for an entrepreneur, who could support the repairs of points № 128, has ended successful. A producer of railway joints and track parts – Śrubena-Unia S.A. from Żywiec – has offered us a batch of 400 track joining parts.

Thank you very much!

Repairs of points № 128 started!

Przyjechały podrozjazdnice z Czeremchy We have launched first of this year’s repairs funded from the public assets. As we informed several weeks ago, City Council of Skierniewice has donated 8000PLN for overhaul of set of points № 128 in track № 59. Repairs assume complete replacement of all the decaying ties. New ones have been already delivered on 28th March by the railway ties manufacturing company from Czeremcha.

Zaczynamy demontaż rozjazdu nr 128 Works will be performed only by the volunteers and members of PARE. Repairs have been divided into stages resulting from the construction of the points, ie. into sections between neighboring rail joints. First stage required complete disassembling of more than a half of the points – on Saturday, 29th March, we removed side rails and blades. Next was the removal of completely falling apart ties. In the evening, we sorted the rail screws – about 60% have rusted away and cannot be reused. Because of the tight budget, we are now in search of a producer or seller, who would be eager to donate or provide a discount on purchase of 350 pieces of screws of type P49.

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Demontaż lewej opornicy Jeszcze podrozjazdnice i na dziś koniec.

As for now, only the old ballast needs to be removed and we can start lying new ties and reassembling of rails. After that we can take care of the remaining section of points. Repairs are  to be continued through April and March, accordingly to the weather conditions. Any help will be appreciated. We would also like to encourage you to support the overhaul with 1% of the income tax.

Death of Andrzej Stypiński

Andrzej Stypiński With regret we would like to inform about the death of our colleague and volunteer of PARE, Andrzej Stypiński. Andrzej was retired officer of Polish Army. A great passion of his was 3D modeling. He was responsible for completing part of the shed’s building documentation, making the renovation of the Engine Shed possible. Except that, he was in the midst of the preparation of CG visualization of the Engine Shed’s buildings. His early death (Andrzej was 62 years old) has spoiled our plans to present in June his work to the public.

Funeral mass will take place on Saturday (29th march) at 13.00 in Garrison Church in Skierniewice (funeral procession start at 12.00 from cemetery chapel near Strobowska Street 19).

First subsidy in 2014

Remont rozjazdu

Several days ago we have signed first in this year subsidy for renovation of the Engine Shed. Thanks to the support of Skierniewice’s City Council amounting to 8000 złotys, we will be able to complete the overhaul of the set of points in track 59. Soon, we are going to choose the supplier of the track ties and at the turn of March and April we will start their replacement.

We encourage all interested in help to contact us via e-mail.

Ready for guests admission

Trasa zwiedzania wydłużona Several weeks long preparations of a lengthened sightseeing route inside the roundhouse are nearly finished! Beginning May, we would like to invite you to visit the route which now reach more than a half of the length of the roundhouse. Lengthening of the route was possible thanks to the funds of the Łódź Voivodship’s Conservationist and 1% donation from income tax.

Among the vehicles, which will be available during the sightseeing, will be steam engine class Ty2-1407, narrow gauge engine Las 1984 and diesel engine class SP30-218.

Depending on the available resources and pace of the roof’s repairs, we are going to make further vehicles accessible to the visitors.

Public auction for delivery of points ties

Remont obrotnicy We would like to inform that at the subpage Public auction (Polish only), we have placed a detailed specification and an invitation to place offers for delivery of new ties for a standard set of points with rails of type S-49. Offers can be placed till 15th March 2014.

Invitation to Gera

Parowozownia w Gerze Our colleagues from the association Geraer Eisenbahnwelten, placed in Skierniewice’s twin town Gera, would like to invite you to visit Gera’s Engine Shed during the upcoming events in 2014 – more info at the official website of the association (German only).

Taking care of our collection

Ostatnia krata Winter works, which aim was to increase the safety of our collection by the installation of new and sturdy window bars, reached their finish. To sum up: we completed 5 new sets of window bars, replacing part of the temporary safeguards. It was possible thanks to the remaining stock of steel, bought especially for this purpose. Whenever possible, we are going to continue the works on improving the safety of the shed.

Another challenge is to build a new fence behind the pump house. We are looking for a benefactor, who would like to donate a prefabricated concrete fence to our organisation.

Skierniewice’s Shed „Where Cultures Meet”

Goście stoiska PSMK As in the previous years, we participated in the fairs Touristic Sites “Where Cultures Meet”  which took place from 21st to 23rd February in Łódź. It was a great opportunity to refresh some old acquaintances and to strike up new ones, which may in the future result in an interesting common undertakings. A possibility to exchange experiences with other non-governmental organization as well as entrepreneurs owning touristic attractions was priceless. Of course, we didn’t forgot about the promotion of the soon launched, 10th touristic season in Skierniewice’s Engine Shed. As you can see in the enclosed photo, our offer and presented small exhibits especially aroused the youngest travelers interest.

On the shot of „Plus-minus or fly’s travel to Georgia”

This year the Skierniewice’s shed was very early visited by filmmakers. On 21st February we guested a group shooting the documental picture titled „Plus-minus or fly’s travel to Georgia” („Plus minus czyli podróże muchy do Gruzji”), directed by Bogdan Dziworski. The movie, regarding the cult of Stalin, is based on the director’s memories from his youth. Shots to the movie were completed in Skierniewice’s Engine Shed as well as on-place in Georgia and palace in Lubostroń. Paweł Dyllus is the director of photography and Bożena Krakówka is the executive producer. The main Producer is Paisa Films studio and Polish Television. The picture is financed from the funds of Polish Film Institute.

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