Another trip to Czechia

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From time to time we travel across the border to see how others deal with their railway history and to have a break from our own renovation activities. Our usual direction is Czechia due to the language similarities and the fact that that some of us just fell in love with this country. The common travels are also a form of gratitude to our most active volunteers.

During the weekend of 21st and 22nd April we took part in an excursion to the directly neighbouring with Poland Moravian-Silesian province. Our first target was the still operational Třemešná ve Slezsku – Osoblaha narrow-gauge railway. For the younger generation of our volunteers it was paradoxically the first exposure to a narrow-gauge railway still doing its normal work – carrying passengers and goods all year round for the benefit of the local small towns. By the way we could see our colleagues from Slezské zemské dráhy (operating seasonal tourist trains) in action.

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The next day we devoted to visit Železniční muzeum moravskoslezské located in the part of the Ostrava střed railway station. The highlight of this visit was to learn more of the driving simulator of the class 742. We intend to build a similar attraction at our shed and we were eager to learn about the experiences of other in this field. The museum also hosts a permanent exhibition of railway signalling and temporary exhibitions regarding the history of railways.

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The last highlight of the trip was a visit to the historic coal mine Důl Michal. We were amazed by a pristine condition of the ground-level buildings of the mine. They look hasn’t changed from the time of closing down the facility back in 1993. It’s a great example to support the realistic contrary modern approach in technical and industrial museums.

 

 


Return back from Engine Shed for free!

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We renew our cooperation with Łódź Commuters Railway (ŁKA). On the same rules as in the previous year, the travellers visiting Skierniewice can return back with ŁKA train to their departure point for free. The only condition is to have your one-way ŁKA ticket stamped in the Shed. The offer is valid only during the following days:

  • 5th May – Open Day,
  • 19th May – Railway Night of Museums,
  • 2nd June – Children’s Day in Engine Shed,
  • 7th July – Open Day,
  • 4th August – Open Day,
  • 1st September – Open Day,
  • 15th and 16th September – The Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice,
  • 6th October – Open Day.

We took part in the 10th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism in Zabrze

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Since couple of years, with the beginning of Spring we travel to Upper Silesia to participate in a special event. From 13th to 14th April we took part in the 10th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism which took place in Zabrze’s Sports Hall. This year we shared our stand with colleagues from the Association of Upper Silesia Narrow Gauge Railroads. This way, in one place the visitors could learn about the offer and history of our engine shed and the longest continuously operational narrow-gauge in Poland connecting Bytom with Miasteczko Śląskie.

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Death of Andrzej Szadkowski

We regret to inform that our colleague, Andrzej Szadkowski, has pass away on 30th March 2018. We would like to express our condolences to his son and our former volunteer, Jakub.

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Happy Easter

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We would like to wish to our fans, visitors and supporters a peaceful and joyful Easter.

Members, volunteers and the board of the Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts


Another season of track works has begun

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An exceptionally cold and snowy March didn’t provided much opportunities for outdoor activities. Just on the last weekend (24th to 25th March) were we able to begin the long planned improvements in Shed’s track infrastructure. This year we will take care of the most dilapidated track leading from the turntable to the roundhouse’s stand 12. The first day gave us hints that a hard work awaits us – some of track screws are rusted solid and some were hidden under a thick layer of concrete at the entrance to the roundhouse.

The works, supported by the President of City of Skierniewice, will be continued on 14th and 15th April. If you would like to help us, please contact us at wolontariat@psmk.org.pl.

 


Tourism fairs “Where cultures meet”

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From 16th to 18th March we promoted our Shed during the 24th Fairs of Regional Tourism “Where cultures meet”. The visitors of the fairs could find us at the Łódź International Fair hall at Politechniki Street 4, where we had our stand. Contrary to previous years, this time we were the only representatives from Skierniewice. Traditionally, we were dressed in the historical railway uniforms.

During the fairs we took the time to not only promote our facility but also to refresh the old acquaintance and establish new contacts.

See you again, Łódź, in a year. And still this year we will be present on one more fairs – in Zabrze.

 


We took part in the conference „History on sightseeing routes”

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On 14th and 15th March our colleagues Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska and Ariel Ciechański (representing also the department of Geography and Landscape Planning of the Polish Academy of Science) took part in the conference „History on sightseeing routes”. The conference was organized by the Museum in Rybnik and the University’s of Silesia Institute of History in Katowice. Our representatives gave a lecture “Engine Shed Skierniewice as inspiration with railway history for tourists”. The event was not only an opportunity to promote our Shed but also to learn of invaluable experiences of other similar facilities.


Class Tp3-36 back on track

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One of our steam engines – class Tp3-36 – was serving as a stationary monument in Zbąszynek, far away from Skierniewice. A matter of distance seriously restricted our control over the engine. Due to the lack of fund for the purpose, we were not able to relocate it to the Shed. Fortunately, a couple of months ago, a branch of Polish Army Museum – the Museum of Armoured Arms – become interested in the engine. The museum is preparing a new exhibition and is looking for a locomotive typical for the Greater Poland area during the early years of inter-war period.

Soon we were contacted and started talking about the future fate of the locomotive. On 22nd February the engine was moved on the tracks of Zbąszynek station and carefully shunted to the shed of Koleje Wielkopolskie, where it will undergo an external renovation. The feat was possible thanks to the invaluable help of Koleje Wielkopolskie and PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.. It was also a great opportunity for the crews of Emergency Trains from Poznań and Zielona Góra to exercise a re-railing of a vehicle. Once the renovation will be completed, the engine will be transported to the museum in Poznań. It will become a deposit-exhibit of our Shed.

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Photo: D. Kiper, J. Czerwiński

We would like to express our gratitude to all involved in the relocation and our colleagues from Średzka Kolej Dojazdowa, who helped in preparation of the engine for relocation.


More parts for the block signal box frame

Despite the winter wind howling in most parts of the Shed, the signalling division of the association is at work. As you may recall from the previous post, we are currently renovating a small lever frame from a block signal box (built 1949). Every other weekend there are new parts added to it. This time it took us one Saturday to repair the electrical switches. You can see the switches before and after the process on the below pictures. Also, check out how the renovation was progressing ona short movie on our YouTube channel.

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