2016

First Workshops

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On 23rd April we started the first meeting from the series of workshops joining the learning of practical, technical activities and volunteer work for renovation of railway heritage. Workshops are supported from the program Bank of Active Youth by Found of Bank Zachodni WBK. First participants could gain new experience while completing basic wood or metalworking during the repairs of old rolling stock. The organization of the workshops is aimed to fill in the educational gap caused by small number of technical activities in Polish schools.

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We would like to invite you to the next parts of workshops:

  • on Saturday, 7th May at 8PM – presentation and discussion Modern or genuine? Dilemmas of contemporary railway museums,
  • on Saturday, 21ts May, starting at 11AM – practical meeting with basic woodworking and metalworking techniques explained.

Dates of oncoming meetings will be provided in June.

Technical Education Workshops are the part of the project Technical Education as a promotion of volunteering for railway heritage in Skierniewice Engine Shed supported by

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More subsidies for reconstruction of roundhouse roof

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In a major undertaking, like running a historical engine shed, there is no stop in applying for new subsidies. During last days, we were informed that Conservationist Office of Łódź Voivodeship reserved the amount of 25000 PLN for repairs of another area of roof in the main roundhouse. At the moment we are completing the documentation required to finalize and sign up the agreement. The main aim of this year’s works is to complete the reconstruction of the roof on this building and we still need resources to cover the cost of works above two last stands.

We would also like to encourage you to support us with 1% of income tax and donations paid directly to our account. The money will increase the amount of so called own assets and simultaneously increases our chances in applying for more subsidies.

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After Zabrze Fairs

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From 14th to 16th April 2016 we took part in 8th International Fairs of Industrail and Underground Tourism on the invitation of City Council of Zabrze. The fairs took place in the exhibition hall at Matejki Street 6. We were among the representatives of organizations taking care of post-industrial objects open for public. With many of them we already cooperate, but the fairs were a good opportunity to make new acquaintances which may result in interesting, common projects.

Organizers of the fairs prepared many attractions for participants, ex. the conference New Opening for Touristics – Intangible Industrial Heritage or the evening banquet in original conference room placed in the old bathhouse of Queen Luiza mining gallery. The biggest attraction was undoubtedly the sightseeing of the new touristic route Level 355 in historical mine Guido.

Thank you very much for invitation and see you again next year!

 

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Technical Education Workshops – upcoming events

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As promised, we provide the dates of the upcoming activities which are the part of project Technical Education as a promotion of volunteering for railway heritage in Skierniewice Engine Shed supported by BZ WBK Fund.

  • On Saturday, 23rd April, starting at 11AM – practical meeting with basic woodworking techniques explained,
  • on Saturday, 7th May at 8PM – presentation and discussion Modern or genuine? Dilemmas of contemporary railway museums,
  • on Saturday, 21st May, starting at 11AM – practical meeting with basic woodworking and metalworking techniques explained.

We would like to inform the interested, that we cover the expenses of train travel (only 2nd class, original tickets have to be provided). In case of return tickets bought over the Internet, remember to take an additional printout of the ticket so we can return the money during your stay in Shed.

We encourage all interested in participation to contact us at wolontariat@psmk.org.pl.


Yet another subsidy for Skierniewice Shed

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In the beginning of April, The National Institute of Heritage has settled the first competition of the subsidy program Volunteering for Heritage. The project of our Association Technical Education as a promotion of volunteering for railway heritage in Skierniewice Engine Shed was appraised very high and will receive the required support. The last thing to be done is to complete the documentation required for signing the agreement.

The project is intended to surpass the multiple obstacles which discourage new people in volunteering in railway heritage renovation works. We will publish the details of the project soon.


Collection for revitalization of Skierniewice Shed and its collection

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We would like to inform you that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration approved and registered a collection (application No 2016/1054/OR) organized by PARE for revitalization of Skierniewice Shed and its collection. The collection will be conducted to the collection boxes in the premises of Skierniewice Shed.

We would also like to encourage you to devote your 1% of income tax to PARE or donate directly to our bank account 52 1240 6218 1111 0000 4617 3535 (PeKaO S.A.).


Happy Easter

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The best wishes of happy and blessed Easter!

Members, Volunteers and Board of
Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts


Changes in event calendar in 2016

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During the planning of events for 2016 we were estimating some of the days of the common celebrations across the Poland taking into account the past agreements. Sometimes this may prove troublesome – this is why we were surprised that Night of the Museums, which traditionally took place on third weekend of May will be moved to later term. So due to the reasons independent of us, to keep pace with the common event coordinated by the City Council of Skierniewice, we will postpone the Railway Night of Museums to 14th May.

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Another change is more positive and regards adding new event on 7th May – the Evening in the Shed. At 8PM we would like to invite you to the presentation by Dr Ariel Ciechański and the accompanying discussion regarding the approach to organizing railway museums – a choice between modern and genuine. The meeting will be a part of the Educational Workshop sponsored by BZ WBK Foundation.

 


Another subsidy agreement signed!

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In the middle of March we have signed one more subsidy agreement. City Council of Skierniewice in open submission granted us 6500 PLN for realization of task Adaptation of historic buildings for museum or cultural purposes. Together with the own capital of 1625 PLN it will be devoted for the most urgent track repairs in the Shed. Still, the amount is lower than we expected, so most of the works will have to be conducted with our own forces.

After receiving the money, but before starting any actual works, we will have to buy the required track materials and just then we will be ready for regeneration of the most damaged parts of the Shed’s track layout. The works will start probably on the turn of May and June, but we would already like to invite the volunteers to help.

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Time for „Mig” in Skierniewice Shed

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In principle, the Engine Shed is not accessible to tourists outside the season, nevertheless we always try to respond to the requests of organized groups. Quite a common guests are the fans of vintage car or road vehicles. On Saturday, 19th March, the Shed was visited by the first such group this year. During the event “Time for Mig”, about 50 enthusiasts of city transport took a trip along the roads of Skierniewice and nearby towns in two vintage buses.

The background for the excursion were the railways surrounding Skierniewice, and the main attraction – one of the oldest buses of Skierniewice mass transit operator (MZK) – Jelcz M11 (nicknamed “Mig”). According to the organizes, this vehicle (number plate ES 03213) from 1988 is one of the few of its kind still in working order. Jelcz buses arrived on the Skierniewice roads, dominated by Autosan H9-35 types, in late 1985 with the first models PR110. Soon the modernized model M11 also appeared here. The main attraction of the event is cruising the roads of Skierniewice without any relocation to other towns since it left the Jelcz factory.

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