2020

Canceled events in the Engine Shed

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Dear visitors,

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the related restrictions, we would like to strongly advise to adhere to the recommendations of Health Services and cancel your visit to the Engine Shed. The Engine Shed will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Consequently, the first events in this year’s season will be canceled – the Open Day on 2nd May,the Railway Night of Museums on 16th May  and Childrens Day on 2nd June are called off.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Take care and hope to see you soon.

The Board of the Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts

 


Priceless artefacts added to PARE’s collection

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The collection assembled by PARE in Skierniewice Engine Shed is not limited to the rolling stock and railway traffic control. Whenever possible we try to gather any documents related to the history of Polish railways and railways in Skierniewice in particular.

In the beginning of January, Mr Jarosław Wiśniewski from Skierniewice donated to us several priceless artefacts including the seniority list of Warsaw-Vienna Railway engineers from 1911 and a set of historical welding tools.

Thank you!


2019

First stage of water tower renovation completed

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On Tuesday, 17th December, a voivodeship’s conservationist representative inspected the repairs of the old water tower. The repairs of the roof and securing of the crumbling wall was completed by the company Marbudex from Skierniewice. The task was accomplished excellently – our contractor took care to recreate the characteristic woodwork of the roof. Next year, we will be requesting for further funds to continue the renovation of this building.

The total cost of the work was 44 159,68 PLN. The City of Skierniewice supported the works with the amount of 25 000 PLN and the remainder was covered from PARE’s assets.

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The identity of our tank wagon

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Our colleague, dr Ariel Ciechański for years have been investigating the history of special railway cars for transporting beer. Thanks to the cooperation with many various railway enthusiasts he managed to come across many interesting documents like the Austrian State Railways (KKStB) journal of announcements and ordinances. This and similar sources encouraged us to take a closer look at one of our exhibits, the tank wagon № 552 178, and try to reconstruct its history.

So far our knowledge was restricted to the identification numbers of the car. One of them was № 507 590 from the times when the car belonged to KKStB. Still we do not know who was the manufacturer of the tank wagon. Nevertheless we are quite sure that the original recipient of car was the Czech company František Xaver Brosche a syn a.s., owner of distilleries in Prague Libeň and Rájec (currently Rájec-Jestřebí).

The last town was a home depo for this car, which at that time was used for the transport of spirit. Before 1910, the car was taken over by k.k. privilegierte Österreichische Nordwestbahn (ÖNWB), probably with the identification number 136 557. Later, after nationalization of ÖNWB and takeover by KKStB the car received the above mentioned number 507 590.

According to the information provided by our Czech colleagues, the car was still owned by a private company during the inter-war period. Czech state railways took over the car under the last known number that we are using currently, № 552 178, which was found stamped on the undercarriage. The specification of the car is similar to the parameters of our tank wagon except the number of axles (three in Czech and two in Polish documents), so it might be that we have made an error assuming that 552 178 was a Polish State Railways number. It is interesting that the car suddenly disappeared from Czech registers before 1948 and simultaneously a tank wagon № 0552 178 appeared in the PKP inventory.


Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

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Healthy and peaceful Christmas and all the best in the upcoming New Year

The board, members and Volunteers of the Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts


Starting the renovation of the old water tower

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We have been waiting for this moment for years. With the first days of December the building company Marbudex started the first stage of renovation of the old water tower. After the building of the bigger water tower closer to the station the building was later adapted for a bath house for the crew of the Shed. Over the years the building was abandoned and started to pose a danger to the neighbouring tracks. For several  years in a row we tried to find a funding for an emergency repairs. At last this year the City of Skierniewice supported us with the amount of 25 000 PLN. Thanks to that we will be able to complete the most required repairs – removing the flaking plaster from the side of the track and reconstructing the part of the roof.


Class SR71-04 is back on track

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Due to the autumn cold we had to stop the work by the diesel shunting engine class Ls60-143. After all it is not recommended to do any paint job below certain temperatures. Consequently our crew could focus again on the repairs of the line maintenance vehicle class SR71-04. Our colleagues devoted last weeks of 2019 to inspect and replace missing or broken parts in vehicles propulsion. Finally, the vehicle successfully moved on its own power and took several rides on the Shed’s tracks. As the gear box is still prone to some small malfunctions, we intend to continue the repairs next year.


1% of income tax with PITax

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To make it easier to support us with 1% of the income tax, we started cooperation with the Institute of Public Benefit Organisation Support. Starting from 1st January 2020 it will be possible to fill in your tax reports using the PITax tool prepared by our partner.

With one mouse-click you will be directed to the website aiding the preparation of the yearly tax report. The application is available both as on-line and desktop tool. The application also allow to download the traditional interactive PIT forms, including the most common PIT-37. All reports will have the 1% charity section pre-filed with the data of our organization.

We hope that the above solution will make it easier for you to support our association.


Invitation to the 16th season in the Engine Shed

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As in previous year, we publish in advance the schedule of the events planned for 2020. It is a particular year when we will be celebrating three different anniversaries:

  • 15 years of opening the Shed to the public during the series of open days,
  • 100th anniversary of Hungarian help which arrived in Skierniewice to supply with arms the Polish army fighting in Polish-Soviet War of 1920
  • 175th anniversary of opening of the Warsaw-Vienna Railway.

Due to this fact we introduce a couple of changes to our schedule:

  • During the monthly Open Days, starting on 2nd May the Shed will be open to the public till 6 PM, with last guided tour starting at 2 PM.
  • We maintain two lengths of the guided tours. Tours starting at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM are shorter, directed to the families with children. The last tour at 2 PM covers the whole sightseeing route along our collection and exhibitions.
  • The Railway Night of Museums is planned on 16th May (may change depending on the schedule of other institutions in Skierniewice) from 6 PM till midnight.
  • We reintroduce a special open day for schools in form of the weekly School Thursdays. School groups are welcome after earlier arrangement (phone contact 730 181 323) throughout the whole school year.
  • We extend the opening hours during the Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables – the Shed will be open to the public from 11 AM to 7 PM.
  • We keep the Photo Days in the schedule on the selected third Saturdays of the month. On two terms (20th June, 17th October) the Shed will be open to the enthusiasts of photography from 11 AM to 5 PM and on 15th August from 5 PM to 9 PM. Participants register at the entrance for the first half our from the beginning of the event.
  • On 3rd October we plan a special Open Day, the Birthday of WVR on the 175th anniversary of the Warsaw-Vienna Railway.
  • The open day during the Railwaymen Day (28th November) will be shortened to two touring groups at 11 AM and 12 PM.

We reserve the right to alter the schedule of the events.