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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Media patronage

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41st Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

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On 15th and 16th September we organized a special Open Day for the guests of the 41st Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice. We used this opportunity to celebrate the 26th European Days of Heritage as well.

The guided tours were led by the guides dressed in the historical railway uniforms. 1102 tourists that decided to visit us on that day had the opportunity to see the most of our collection stored in the main roundhouse.

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Except that, there were additional attractions:

  • the exhibition “Piękna Helena” of Mirosław Mizera’s photographs,
  • steam engines maintenance equipment,
  • interactive exhibition of railway signaling and safety devices,
  • the stand of PKP Cargo S.A. with wide variety of activities for children.

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Łódź Commuters Railway (ŁKA) prepared for those days a special offer – passengers traveling to Skierniewice with ŁKA train could get back to their departure point for free after receiving a special stamp on their one-way ticket.

In total, during all open days in September, the Engine Shed was visited by 1426 guests. Thank you!


Collection for the transport of a new exhibit

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With each new vehicle in our collection we tend to say that this is the last one. However, how can you decline taking care of new exhibit when someone gives it for free and even offers to renovate it?

So is the story of class SR71-04 maintenance of way vehicle owned by PKP Energetyka S.A. It is a unique machine, probably one of the oldest of its class and the only one going to museum. We signed the agreement to take over the vehicle and currently it is being repainted by its owner. The only (and as much) expense on our side is to transport the vehicle to Skierniewice when it will be ready on 6th October. Unfortunately, our budget was fully devoted for the building repairs, so once again we address You, fans and supporters of PARE, to help us collect the money for this cause – 8000 PLN.

We decided to launch another crowd-funding campaign through the portal zrzutka.pl. You can participate in funding under the below link in exchange for small gifts.

https://zrzutka.pl/csanmv

The collected amount will cover the heavy-haulage transport by road (the vehicle cannot travel on its own on tracks) from Dąbrowa Górnicza Strzemieszyce to Skierniewice. Additionally, small amount will cover the operational fees of the crowd-funding and distribution of gifts. Members and Volunteers of PARE will be responsible for preparation of the transport, loading and unloading carrying out those activities for free.

Thank you for supporting us.


Anniversary performance of “Banana Perwers”

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The theatre group “Banana Perwers” from Skierniewice celebrates this year the 10th anniversary of its founding. The anniversary performance took place on 5th September in the Engine Shed. After all this was the venue of the most successful performances by this group. This event also gathered a large audience of 113 fans of the “Bananas”. First the official part took place, where the group was congratulated by the president of the city Skierniewice, Mr Krzysztof Jażdżyk and representatives of PARE: Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska and Józef Kaźmierczak.

During the second part of the event, the group presented the classic piece from their repertoire: “The Cave of Salamanca” by Miguel de Cervantes. Beside the founder of the group, Dominika Dawidowicz starred Marta Krysińska, Beata Konarzewska, Julia Cybulska, Alicja Bednarska, Gabryś Woźniak and Tomek Kowalczyk. In a separate part, Tomasz Staroń and Maciej Białek perfomed pieces by Kabaret Dudek, Wojciech Młynarskiego and Sławomir Mrożek. Music was performed by Mikołaj Mizerski. The performance become also the opportunity to support the animal shelter in Skierniewice – members of audience could bring the food for animals for the cause.

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The event was co-organized by the group “Banana Perwers” and the club “Oaza” from Skierniewice.

 


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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Media patronage

Skierniewice24.pl     rsc_nowe       Głos Skierniewic     its    dl     radio-victoria


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.

NID-logotyp-oddzial-WARSZAWA   nid-wdd

 


Contract for the renovation of the roundhouse’s roof

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On Monday, 20th August, at the Marshal’s of Łódź Voivodeship office, we signe together with vice-marshal Artur Bagiński the agreement for further financial support of the renovation works in the Shed. This time the financing covers the repairs of the roundhouse’s roof above stands 21 to 23. This part of the roof was temporarily repaired 10 years ago and it’s high time for a general overhaul. We plan to start the works at the beginning of September. We would like to express our gratitude to the authorities of Łódź Voivodeship for the provided support.

Photo: Jacek Grabarski / UMWŁ

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Sweltering open day

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Saturday, 4th August was another day in a streak of exceptionally hot summer days. We were visited by 245 guests, which is a high number considering the unbearable heat at the open space. We would like to thank to all those who visited us on that day, ŁKA for providing the free return for our visitors and Atmosfera pizza-house for providing the catering.

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Mixing in Uniejów

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A weekend of 4th and 5th August was exceptionally busy for us. Except the usual Open Day, a representation of PARE took part in another event outside of Skierniewice. On the invitation of Łódź Voivodeship’s Council we were guests at the event promoting the attractions of Łódź region. This time we reached Uniejów to participate in Regional Mixer together with our neighbours form Rogów – Rawa Biała Narrow Gauge Railway.

We would like to thank to Łódź Voivodeship’s Council for the invitation and our colleagues from Rogów for fruitful cooperation.

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