2016

Class Pd5-17 under the roof

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Observant traveler passing by our Engine Shed in the Koluszki direction might have spotted the vast changes in the yard in front of the roundhouse. The missing class Pd5 express steam engine is missing and for a moment there was a special lorry for transporting the railway vehicles. What is going on?

We rush to inform you that nothing bad happened. The engine did not disappeared or was disposed. Thanks to the advancing roof repairs, we managed to find a proper place for this precious exhibit and roll it inside the roundhouse.

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Putting class Pd5 inside will allow us to start the long awaited renovation of this vehicle. The fresh coat of paint will not be enough. There is plenty of metalwork awaiting us, mostly around the driver’s cab which at some point in the history was cut through and then patched with various pieces of tin. This will include rebuilding the cab’s roof which was crudely replaced with a single piece of metal sheet. Finally, we need to recreate the missing floor of the cab and overhaul the bottom of the corroded tender flask.

 


A visit on city tracks

On 29th May we were invited by the Fan-club of Old Trams to take part in the open days in the Museum Tram Depo Brus in Łódź. The visit was not only the opportunity to present our Shed to the lovers of public transportation but also an occasion to share with the experiences and have a closer look on the work of the organization very similar to ours, but functioning on city tracks.

Thank you very much and feel free to revisit us.

Brus Depo is one of the smallest facilities of its kind in Poland. It was built in 1910 together with opening of new tram line from Łódź to Konstantynów Łódzki. Depo ended its operation in the beginning of 2012. Thanks to the Fan-club of Old Trams, it did not shared the fate of now demolished depo at Dąbrowskiego Street and was devoted to organize a public transportation museum, in cooperation with MPK Łódź and City Council of Łódź.

 

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Invitation to Children Day in Engine Shed

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The first Saturday of June (4.06) is traditionally devoted to the youngest railway fans. On that day, from 11 AM to 3 PM following attractions will be available to the visitors:

More attractions are one the way! This time we prepared the open form of sightseeing to keep the youngest guests from exhaustion. Nevertheless, regular visitors can participate in guided tours which will depart at 12 AM and 2 PM.

Catering and cold beverages will be served by Atmosfera pizza house from Skierniewice.

Free admission!


Vintage cars visit

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This year’s spring the Shed has been visited more then usual by various vintage cars rallies and assemblies. On 21st May Classics Meeting from neighboring Żyrardów, organized on 100th anniversary of this city, reached Skierniewice. The Engine Shed was one of the control points on the route of the rally. For three hours we were visited by several teams or larger groups of rally participants in their classic or cult-following automobiles.

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Technical Eductaion Workshop – next meeting

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During the last weeks, the participants of Technical Eductaion Workshops supported us in preparation and operating the special events in Engine Shed. Now we are back to the usual activities connected with renovation of the railway rolling stock. If you are 15-26 years old, would like to have a good use of your free time and want to learn something new, feel free to visit us on coming Saturday, 21st May at 11 AM.

If you are living outside of Skierniewice, thanks to the support of BZ WBK Foundation, we provide the return of transportation costs.

Please note that outside open days, the entrance to the engine shed is usually closed, so contact us in advance via email wolontariat@psmk.org.pl or Facebook.


After Railway Night of Museums

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Traditionally, a Railway Night of Museums took place in Engine Shed on 14th May. Like in the previous years, the event in the Shed was part of the city-wide event. The participants could travel between different facilities opened for visitors on that night with a special free-of-charge bus prepared by City Council. It is worth mentioning that when we started in 2010, we were the only cultural institution in Skierniewice open to the public during the Night of Museums.

This year’s edition was a logistic challenge mostly due to the very random weather. Most of the previous nights were usually organized outside, but this time we decided to prepare it indoors. We took care for interesting illumination which underlined the railway atmosphere of the shed. The major part of the main roundhouse was open to the public so even the large number of visitors did not prevented one from comfortable sightseeing. Despite the soggy weather, during the 4 evening hours we were visited by over 680 guests!

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Invitation to the Żuk Rally

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On Saturday, 11th June the third Rally of Historical Utility Vehicles (also known as Żuk Rally) will take place near Skierniewice. PARE has become one of the partners of this event as the final of the event (open to the public) will take place in our Engine Shed. We would like to redirect all interested in participating in this event to the official participation form and rules prepared by the organizers.

The aims of the rally is to promote the automotive culture and tourism, improving the driving and navigation skills and competition in road navigation. The event is co-organized by

  • PRL Skarb Narodu;
  • Association of Old Transportation Fans „Nasz Tor”;
  • Auto club Skierniewice;
  • Bikiniarze CC;
  • Motorization Museum in Opacz Kolonia;
  • OldTimer Warsaw;
  • City of Skierniewice.

Invitation to the Night of Museums

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For the seventh time in the Shed’s history we would like to invite you to participate in the Railway Night of Museums. This year the event will take place on second Saturday of May (14th May), from 8PM till midnight. This is the only opportunity to see our rolling stock brought back to life with beautiful illumination or witness the atmosphere of railway night shift in signal box at our railway signaling exhibition. Hungry tourists will be awaited by the crew from Atmosfera pizza house at their own stand.

The Railway Night of Museums is one of the many events prepared by different entities from Skierniewice at this night. A detailed schedule of the events and the timetable of free buses traveling between them is enclosed below.

Free admission!

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12th Touristic Season is opened

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We inaugurated the 12th touristic season in Engine Shed. This time, except the regular sightseeing, visitors could also attend to the presentation and discussion Modern or genuine? Dilemmas of contemporary railway museums which was the part of workshops supported by BZ WBK Foundation. We were visited by 312 guests. Tourists could also witness the advancing revitalization works as the Marbudex crew was continuing the roof repairs over the roundhouse.

Do not miss the next opportunity to visit us on 14th May during the Night of Museums.

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Steam Engines of Culture

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On last Friday of April, on the request of Skierniewice’s City Council we shared the interiors of the Shed for a special event awarding artists from our city. The choice of the Engine Shed was not accidental – after all this year’s award is entitled Steam Engine of Culture. And there is no better place for steam engine then the old depo. The awards were handed by the Vicepresident of the City, Mr. Jarosław Chęcielewski.

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