2015

All Souls Day Collection

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Since 1975 Social Committee for Restoration of Old Powązki Cemetery collects money on 1st and 2nd November to save the historic graves at this cemetery. More than 250 people from the world of culture, science and politics took part in this noble event. Members of PARE also joined the collection accompanied by the representatives of railway companies: SKM, WKD and PKP PLK. The eight volunteers conducted the collection near the grave of Stanisław Wysocki. This year’s collection was really successful and totaled to nearly 215 thousand zlotys.

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All Souls Day walk at the Old Powązki Cemetery

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On behalf of our Association, Maria Balicka and Marek Moczulski would like to invite you to the traditional All Souls Day walk on the trail of famous railway men at the Old Powązki Cemetery. We will meet by the gate of St. Onorata on 2nd November 2015 at 10AM. The walk will take approximately 2,5 hours, we will visit the graves of Władysław Stanisław Reymont, Władysław Podkowiński, Wacław Sieroszewski, A. Janowski and Leopold J. Kronenberg.


A new event calendar for 2016!

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It became a tradition that we are publishing event calendars for coming year long before it starts. This time we encourage you to get familiar with the attractions we are planning for 2016. Additionally, we would like to inform you, that:

  • we are keeping the longer hours of Open Daysstarting from 7th May 2016 one can visit the Engine Shed till 3PM and the last guided group departs at 2PM;
  • the hours of Railway Night of Museums (21st May 2016) also stay unchanged – guests may visit us from 8PM till midnight;
  • due to usual rainy weather in November, the exhibition of modern rolling stock is permanently moved to the Children’s Day.
  • Due to the increasing number of special events for photographers, we decided to quit on improvising and put the open-air photographing events into constant schedule – enthusiast of photography may visit us every third Saturday of the month between 12AM and 3PM, starting from 18th June and concluding on 15th October. Additionally, on 20th August a special photography evening will take place from 6PM to 8PM. Participants can register and enter the Shed only during the first half of hour of the event.

We reserve the right to change the events schedule.


Another tank car in our collection

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For 20 years we were waiting for opportunity to obtain this unique vehicle – a four-axle American tank car from 1944. Unfortunately, for long years the car was outside of our reach – it was staying at the sidings of Siekierki power station and was used as a storage for transformer oil. During the changes of the facility owner in 2000 and 2010, the tank car together with other rolling stock from power plant became the possession of DB Schenker Rail Poland.

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At this point, we decided to get back to the topic and actually obtain the car to our collection. After several years of negotiations we bought the car for a symbolic fee. The last task was to transport the tank car to our shed. Due to the heavy wear of the couplings and bearings, and short term of reclaiming we had to resign from the most preferred way of moving the car – namely on track. Once again, we had to ask for help the specialists of heavy load road transportation. A special road platform arrived at engine shed at night 15th/16th October and in the early morning the tank car was standing back again on tracks.

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We would like to thank to

  • management and employees of DB Schenker Rail Polska SA for favorable response to our request to obtain the car,
  • employees of Siekierki power station (PGNiG Termika SA) for help in loading the vehicle,
  • employees of company “Panas” for professional transportation and unloading services.

This year’s works in „Łowicz annex” finished!

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In the end of September, company “Marbudex” has finished the building works in the oldest part of the roundhouse called “Łowicz annex” (called so due to the proximity of track of line 11 to Łowicz). The works covered reconstruction of ceilings, roof and repairs of foundations. Just before the 170th anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad, the renovated building was acknowledged by the employees of Skierniewice’s branch of the Monuments Protection Office in Łódź.

 

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The works by the oldest part of roundhouse were supported by:

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Autumn photographic event in Engine Shed

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To keep our earlier promise, we would like to invite all enthusiasts of photography for yet another photographic event, during which one can record on film or memory card the surroundings of Engine Shed without the interfering crowd of tourists. The event will take place on Saturday, 17th October from 12AM to 3PM.

Free admittance!

 


What an anniversary!

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On 1st October 1845 a first scheduled train of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad has reached Skierniewice. On 3rd October, together with President of City Skierniewice and The Association of Transportation Engineers we celebrated the round 170th anniversary of this important event in Skierniewice’s history.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing track works on the neighboring railway station which temporarily cut the Shed off of the rest of line, many attractions was impossible to be executed. With regret we had to cancel the historical train with real steam engine or the exhibition of the contemporary rolling stock. Nevertheless, we decided to change the nature of the event to a more family-oriented. There were plenty of attractions for the youngest, those older and the oldest.

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The Shed was open to the public from 11AM, but the official opening took place on 12AM with participations of

  • Jarosław Chęcielewski, the Deputy President of City Skierniewice,
  • Dorota Przybyła, vicepresident of The Association of Transportation Engineers,
  • Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska, president of PARE.
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We were also honored to visit other notable guests: Vicemarshal of Parliament – Mrs. Elżbieta Radziszewska, Deputy Dorota Rutkowska, the President of the branch of the Monuments Protection Office in Łódź – Mrs. Katarzyna Starecka and many other representatives of Voivodship, City offices and the companies from railway transportation branch.

After the official part, one could listen to the concert of a City’s Brass Band conducted by Szczepan Bieszczad or taste the special anniversary cake.

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Of course, there were many other attractions awaiting the 742 guests, who decided to visit us on this day. Everybody could find something interesting for themselves – vintage cars…

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… and those contemporary, in service on the railway.

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The promotional stand of Łódź Agglomeration Railway caused a furore among the youngest guests. Thanks to the model shop Loko-Model, visitors could also see how a digitally controlled railway models work and company Thales Polska sp. z o.o. gave a presentation of the modern signals.

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There would be no event in Shed without the traditional sightseeing inside the roundhouse or the exhibition of signaling devices. There were also two new exhibitions to visit: “Paper heritage of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad in its 170th Anniversary” by Paweł Mierosławski and “Steam shortens distances” by Aneta Majak and Andrzej Paszke.

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The event was concluded with an artistic part performed by Paragraf 22 from Skierniewice and Polish country music star Michał Lonstar with Colorado Band.

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Organizators

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Honourable patronage

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Media coverage

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Partners

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„Birthday of WVR” – more news!

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We are happy to report that the Marshal of Łódź VoivodshipMr. Witold Stępień took over the honourable patronage of the „Birthday of WVR”.

We have also broaden the schedule– the following companies decided to take part in the event:

We would like to encourage all those from outside of Skierniewice to visit us by train – Przewozy Regionalne are offering to the visitors of „Birthday of WVR” a special deal – one can return to his departure point using their one-way ticket to Skierniewice with a special stamp (to be obtained at the entrance to the Shed).

Expecting the large number of motorized visitors and due to the lack of parking space in the nearest proximity of the shed, we would like to ask you to leave you cars at the parking lot near the railway station (only 300m from the entrance to the Shed).