2019

Invitation to the October Photo Day

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For the last time this year we would like to invite the enthusiast of photography to our Shed. The shed will be open to all those who would like to immortalize the shed in photography without the crowds of tourists in the background are welcome on Saturday, 19th October from 12PM to 3PM.

The registration of participants starts before the event at the entrance to the Engine Shed. Free admission.


Last in the series of Open Days

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The last Saturday, 5th October, welcomed us with exceptionally cold weather which become milder later in the afternoon. Therefore, most of the 134 guests arrived at the Shed’s grounds in the later hours of the Open Day.

Our usual attractions – the tour of our collection of rolling stock and the exhibition of railway signalling and traffic control were joined by the exhibition of photographs by Zbyszek Gradowski.

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An extraordinary attraction that day was the presentation of uniforms and arms from the World War II prepared by the reconstruction groups Niepodległość 1863 and ‘Ostoya’.

As in previous Open Days, we were supported by Łódź Agglomeration Railways (free return for the guests of the Shed) and Atmosfera pizza house (catering).

This was the last opportunity this year to visit us during the regular Open Day. Still we are still open to the public on the Photo Day (19th October) and the Railwaymen Day (23rd November). We would also like to remind that organized groups can visit us outside of the schedule after earlier arrangement.


Ongoing repairs of the skylight

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For a month now the building company ‘Marbudex’ from Skierniewice is working on the replacing of the glass in the skylight above stands 4 and 5 of the roundhouse. The total cost of the repairs is 129 000 PLN, most of which will be covered by the funding from Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (60 000 PLN) and The Marshal’s Office of Łódź Voivodeship (45 000 PLN). We also plan to complete the glazing above stand 6, thanks to the donation of construction glass and financing it from the reminder of the 1% from income tax.

We would like to remind you that you can support us via crowd-funding website:

https://zrzutka.pl/7ek6z5

or with a direct transfer to our bank account:

52 1240 6218 1111 0000 4617 3535

We would also like to inform that donations to our association are tax-deductible.


In search for tastes of Łódź region

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For years now, the residents of Łódź can take advantage of a special tourist trains allowing them to visit the interesting parts of the region. The trains are organized by the Łódź Voivodeship or the cooperating organizations.

This time the Centre for the Development REGIO with the support of the Marshal Office of Łódź Voivodeship organised a special Train to the tastes of Łódź region to celebrate 100th anniversary of establishing of the Łódź Voivodeship. The last such train arrived on 22nd September in Skierniewice. The engine shed was a must-see for the participants of the trip – close to 110 guests visited us that day.

Thank you for you visit and see you next time!

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A short summary of September events

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September is always the busiest month of the year when we are open to the public on two different occasions for the total of three days. The first was the regular Open Day on 7th September when we were visited by 170 guests.

Another opportunity to visit us in September was the weekend of 14th and 15th September during the Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice. This time 822 guests decided to visit us.

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Our usual attractions – the tour of our collection of rolling stock and the exhibition of railway signalling and traffic control were joined by the exhibition of photographs by Zbyszek Gradowski.

This year the September open days coincided with the European Days of Heritage. It is worth noting that for years now, the Engine Shed is the only facility in Skierniewice taking part in the celebrations of the Days of Heritage.

As in previous Open Days, we were supported by Łódź Agglomeration Railways (free return for the guests of the Shed) and Atmosfera pizza house (catering).


Summing up the August Volunteers Camp

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With a slight delay we would like to sum up the longest (4 days) and the most numerous (20 participants) volunteer camp this year. Our crew from signalling exhibition has wrote about their activities already. It is a high time to write on what was happening in the remaining part of the shed from 14th to 18th August. There were a couple of projects realized at the same time. We worked by the renovation of the rolling stock, the clean-up of the Shed’s surroundings and building a new fence from the side of the station’s tracks. Evenings were devoted for discussions and exchange of information on various railway topics.

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The main activities focused around two of our steam engines. The most work was required by the giant class Ty51-1. The repairs made by the previous owner appeared to be unsatisfactory especially on the tender allowing the rust to show up and paint start to flake. We immediately proceeded to wire brush the affected surface and paint them with rust-proof paint. Small paint job was also required by the class Tkp 6042 ‘Śląsk’ standing inside the roundhouse which is now the part of permanent rolling stock exhibition.

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Another major project is the external renovation of diesel shunter class Ls60-143. After covering with anti-corrosive paint, the engine cowl got back on its place together with all its hatches. We also reassembled all components which were sandblasted back in July. Thanks to the machining skill of one of the volunteers, we were able to manufacture new parts for the braking assembly on the lathe.

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The is also a scope of activities that are less spectacular but still required. Building repairs and track works always leave behind large amount of waste that waits for a clean-up. This was a perfect moment and the volunteers helped in cleaning up the roundhouse and the coal storage and by the building of the new fence which will prevent the unwanted guests from attempting the dangerous access from the side of the station tracks.

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The activities during the camp were filmed by one of the participants:

We would like to express our gratitude to all participants of the camp.

The volunteer camps are possible thanks to PARE’s own resources and the support of

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Sponsors of tools

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Collecting money for the repairs of the skylight

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Owning an engine shed is a streak of challenges. Not only those related to logistics but mainly the financial ones. We hope to close our budget and finish the buildings renovations, but the increasing prices in the building industry forced us to once again resort to the crowd-funding. After all we cannot let ourselves for a break in the repairs of our facilities.

The initial estimates of the repairs of the skylight resulted in amount of 100 000 PLN and that was the exact amount granted by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Marshall’s Office of Łódź Voivodeship. Unfortunately, the only offer that we could afford is worth 129 000 PLN. We still need to account that the works will be expanded by repairing the skylight above one stand more than anticipated thanks to the donation of the construction glass by a sponsor. Also this year we have to complete the repairs of the old water tower. Under such circumstances it appeared that the own assets of 42 000 PLN from 1% of income tax is not enough to cover all additional expenses. We are still waiting for the response of the sponsors but as the works starting dates are coming closer we would like to ask for your support.

You can participate in the crowd-funding via zrzutka.pl service.

https://zrzutka.pl/7ek6z5

Except our gratitude, our supporters will receive a small souvenirs. If you would like to support us with a direct money transfer, please do so to our bank account:

52 1240 6218 1111 0000 4617 3535

We would like to inform, that donations to our association are tax-deductible.

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Evening with Banana Pervers and Energiczne Akordy

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At least once a year, the Shed hosts an event targeted to all theatre lovers. Also this year together with our friends from Banana Pervers group and club Oaza we organized a theatrical experience during the Evening in the Engine Shed on 23rd August at 8PM.

First our main workshop become the stage for the performance of the children’s group Energiczne Akordy led by Zuzia Ambroziak. Next, the stage was open to the adult performers from Banana Perwers group.

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The performance gathered a large auditory of 173 people. Banana Perwers performed the skit ‘Perły z lamusa, czyli most między pokoleniami’ from the programme of Kabaret Starszych Panów and the one-act ‘The Jealous Old Man’ by Cervantes (performed by Sara Dutkiewicz, Marysia Łukasiewicz, Gabryś Woźniak, Mateusz Farej and Michał ‘Pumba’ Wolski). The evening witnessed also a director début by Alicja Bednarska, the play ‘On the Name Day’. The finale was the skit based on the ‘Bal w Operze’ by Julian Tuwim. The event was led by Dominika Dawidowicz.

The event was also the opportunity for collection for the surgery of the resident of skierniewice, Małgorzata Piekarska.

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August events in the Engine Shed

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August was full of events in the Shed open to the public. We started with the Open Day on 3rd August which resulted in an impressive (as for this time of the year) result of 353 visitors. Our guests could tour the roundhouse to see our collection of rolling stock, visit the exhibition of railway signalling or the exhibition of photographs by Zbyszek Gradowski. As in previous Open Days, we were supported by Łódź Agglomeration Railways (free return for the guests of the Shed) and Atmosfera pizza house (catering).

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Exactly two weeks later, on Saturday 17th August, we invited all interested to two more events. First the enthusiasts of photography could take part in the special evening photo day. Next at 8:30PM the Evening in Engine Shed took place. This time the event was devoted to presentation and discussion Authenticity versus Modernity – two elements on the example of railway museum in Sankt Petersburg. The event was related to the ongoing volunteers camp supported by Santander Bank Polska S.A. Foundation. 37 participants outside of the shed took part in both events.


Volunteers at the railway signalling exhibition

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The restoration works at the railway signalling and traffic control exhibition were among the most popular activities during the August volunteers camp. Participants could try out their capabilities in metalworking, mechanics and painting and learn more about inner workings of various interlocking devices during the renovation of three new exhibits.

The largest project which will take us a couple of months to complete is a general overhaul of a key interlocking with block instrument from 1927, originating possibly from the station Łęczyca. This particular specimen was stored outside for some time, before it was finally transported to Skierniewice Shed. This resulted in the poor external condition of the whole device. We started to work on it back in July by thoroughly documenting the electrical connections inside and disassembling the block instrument. In August we focused on the remaining part. First, we disassembled the base and the interlocking box. Next, we proceeded with preparing the base for painting. Due to the complex shape of the cast-iron legs we resorted to a tried-out method of bathing the parts in the solution of caustic soda. Even the thickest or multi layered coat of paint dissolves in the aggressive solution, making the final cleaning with wire brush much easier. After the clean-up, the base was reassembled and painted with a coat of a fresh green paint.

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Another exhibit which we hope to bring back to life is a two aspect light signal. This particular specimen is a rare example of early post-war Ericsson-type signal, easily distinguishable by its background plate made form a single piece of sheet metal and a prominent sight for easier regulation of the signal position. Similarly to the key interlocking, some parts have been already taken care of. The main signal chamber has been sanded clean during the previous camp and the post was prepared the previous year. Now we had to paint all the parts and recreate the missing details. The next step will be the assembly and regulation of signal’s optics and recreating the light’s circuits. We hope, that the signal will become a distant signal couple with one of the working light semaphores at the exhibition.

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The last project was a matter of chance. While looking for the missing parts in our storage we came across external signalling bells which are commonly used at signal boxes and other posts along the railway as an auditory cue for the phone signals. We think it may become a now exhibit combined with the signal box phones already present at the exhibition. The chosen signalling bears appeared to be fully functional but required a thorough clean-up and repainting.

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During the breaks in work, the participants of the camp could learn more about the various traffic control devices and discuss the future improvements to the exhibition.

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