Invitation to the Open Day in Engine Shed.

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - USRK Once again we would like to invite you on 2nd August to yet another Open Day in Engine Shed. Except the usual tour in the roundhouse and the sightseeing of the rolling stock collection visitors can check out our collection of engine’s maintenance equipment, old smithy, exhibition of railway photos by Marek Zienkowicz and the exhibition of railway safety devices and signal box equipment. Guided tours will start at 11 AM, 12 AM1 PM and 2 PM. Hungry or thirsty guests can help themselves by the stand of Atmosfera pizza house.


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Carrying gold…

… however only during the shots to a motion picture. On 12th July, the Shed was visited by a film crew shooting a documentary for Polish National Bank under the working title “Gold”.

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In September 1939, Polish gold reserves needed to be evacuated out of the country. After many troubles, the precious cargo arrived at Polish-Romanian boundary in Sniatyń, from where it was to be transported by rail to Constanța. Exactly this episode was shot in Skierniewice’s shed. The main character was a train consisting of “Ferrum” tank engine and a couple of the historical box cars. Three members of PARE as extras played the roles of train crew. After twilight a scene of unloading the gold to cars was shot.

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The movie is directed by Joanna Kaczmarek and produced by Krzysztof Jackowski and VALRED studios. Presenter Marek Tajchman from TVN Channel is the narrator of the documentary.

With backpack through China – invitation to the Evening in Engine Shed


Evenings in Engine Shed are cyclic events, during which we present our broad range of interests beyond the railway (but many times with railways or trains in background). This time a main topic of our meeting will be China. A country thousands kilometers away from Poland, full of contrasts and connected with many stereotypes, yet the destination point for more and more tourists. A country of poverty and exploitation from one side and from the other – a land of modern railways we can still just dream of.

Our colleague and member of PARE, Ariel Ciechański, will present how this all really look like from the point of view of a backpacker and prove that China is something more beyond the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Feel invited to the presentation on 19th July at 8PM.

Free admission!

Another stage of roof repairs finished.

On 10th July, conservationist service inspected the roundhouse’s roof works above stands 1-3, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (50 000 PLN). The company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice has completed its task perfectly. In a couple of days another stage of works above stands 7-9 will begin. We are still collecting assets to finance the last part of required repairs above stands 4-6, so after completing the repairs, starting from May 2015, the whole interior of the roundhouse together with all exhibits inside will be available for sightseeing.

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Renovation of signal gantries from Wschowa

Taking the advantage of a sunny weather, we have begun the renovation works by the signal gantries from Wschowa. Thanks to the company “Polwar S.A.” from Gdańsk, one of the gantries was sanded and covered with anticorrosive paint. The final paint-job will be done on our own. Eventually, the gantry will be assembled and set up as an exhibit.

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A new brood of black redstarts

Last weeks in Shed’s Workshop were a time of hard work of… bird parents. Instead of the former rambling of machine engines one can hear now all day long screams of the nestlings.

Those totally unconnected with railway reality sounds we owe to yet another generation of black redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros). Those small and pleasant birds have nested for the first time nearly twenty years ago in the vault left after light switch. When we first noticed the newcomers, we wondered how they manage to get inside the properly sealed building. After a while of observation we concluded that birds found their way through the old lathe vent.

And so, after remembering the way, another generations of redstarts are with us. Initially, they keep getting back to their first nest, which was easily accessible and could be inspected without interruption to the birds. As soon as parents arrived with food, the nestlings rose their heads and wide-opened their becks. Eventually, satiated, they turned around and pretended that… they are not in the nest. The nest seemed to be abandoned and filled with litter. Except that the litter was really the disheveled feathers on backs of the nestlings.

Unfortunately, one year the observations were disrupted. We found the nest on the floor and all nestlings killed. It appeared that a marten has also found its way into the workshop…

Thankfully, this mishap did not discouraged our flying tenants. Redstarts have moved higher and set up new nest between  the roof trusses. Now, each year in May and sometimes again at the beginning of July, we are welcomed in the workshop with their unique song.

After all, redstarts could not have found a better conditions for nesting. We don’t disturb them and the inside of the workshop building provide safety, stabilized temperature and lack of wind and rain. This year’s brook has already left the nest. Currently they are still getting back for an overnight stay, but soon they will fly away into their adulthood. Godspeed and see you next year!