Renovation of signal gantries from Wschowa

Taking the advantage of a sunny weather, we have begun the renovation works by the signal gantries from Wschowa. Thanks to the company “Polwar S.A.” from Gdańsk, one of the gantries was sanded and covered with anticorrosive paint. The final paint-job will be done on our own. Eventually, the gantry will be assembled and set up as an exhibit.

Piaskowanie pomostów Zabezpieczone antykorozyjnie pomosty

A new brood of black redstarts

Last weeks in Shed’s Workshop were a time of hard work of… bird parents. Instead of the former rambling of machine engines one can hear now all day long screams of the nestlings.

Those totally unconnected with railway reality sounds we owe to yet another generation of black redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros). Those small and pleasant birds have nested for the first time nearly twenty years ago in the vault left after light switch. When we first noticed the newcomers, we wondered how they manage to get inside the properly sealed building. After a while of observation we concluded that birds found their way through the old lathe vent.

And so, after remembering the way, another generations of redstarts are with us. Initially, they keep getting back to their first nest, which was easily accessible and could be inspected without interruption to the birds. As soon as parents arrived with food, the nestlings rose their heads and wide-opened their becks. Eventually, satiated, they turned around and pretended that… they are not in the nest. The nest seemed to be abandoned and filled with litter. Except that the litter was really the disheveled feathers on backs of the nestlings.

Unfortunately, one year the observations were disrupted. We found the nest on the floor and all nestlings killed. It appeared that a marten has also found its way into the workshop…

Thankfully, this mishap did not discouraged our flying tenants. Redstarts have moved higher and set up new nest between  the roof trusses. Now, each year in May and sometimes again at the beginning of July, we are welcomed in the workshop with their unique song.

After all, redstarts could not have found a better conditions for nesting. We don’t disturb them and the inside of the workshop building provide safety, stabilized temperature and lack of wind and rain. This year’s brook has already left the nest. Currently they are still getting back for an overnight stay, but soon they will fly away into their adulthood. Godspeed and see you next year!

Invitation to yet another Open Day

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - USRK We would like to invite you on 5th July to yet another Open Day in Skierniewice Engine Shed. Except the collection of the historical rolling stock, our visitors can see the old workshop and smithy with genuine equipment, the exhibition of photos by Marek Zienkowicz and the exhibition of railway safety devices. Guided sightseeing groups start at every full hour (11.00, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00). For hungry or thirsty guests awaits catering stand from Atmosfera pizza house.

Free admission!

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Visit of 9th Łowicz’s Motorcycle and Historic Vehicles Meeting

Wyjazd rajdu Skierniewice’s Engine Shed is open to visitors not only during the scheduled events but also for request of organized groups. On Saturday, 21st June, we had the pleasure to host the participants of the 9th Łowicz’s Motorcycle and Historic Vehicles Meeting, which travels around the lands of the former Łowicz Dutchy. The organizer of the event is the Motorization Museum in Nieborów. We were visited by 82 people traveling with newer or older vehicles – 44 motorcycles and 12 automobiles. We present the more interesting ones below:

Motocykle   Motocykle

Our attention was drawn by a red Škoda 100/110 in pristine condition as well as pre-war Polish motorcycle Sokół 1000.

Škoda 100/110   Sokół 1000

Cult classics like black GAZ 21 Wołga, FSC Żuk and good, old FSO Warszawa were also present.

Warszawa   Warszawa i Wołga

There was also a French gendarme with his dainty car. But the real hit of the meeting was undoubtedly the black Chevrolet Camaro.

Żadnarmeria Chevrolet Camaro

Invitation to the Evening in Engine Shed

Święto Kolejarza 2012, pokaz slajdów Tadeusza Suchorolskiego On Saturday, 21st June, on 8:00 pm we would like to invite our fans to the first in 2014 Evening in Engine Shed.

This time, our member Andrzej Paszke will present the slideshow “Tramways of Lisbon” regarding the legendary tramcars, so popular with tourists and respected by the residents of Portugal’s capital city

Free admission.

Special Open Day for Children is over

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - Łupia czeka On Saturday, 7th June, according to our every year’s tradition, we organized a special a special edition of the Open Day on the occasion of the International Children’s Day. Contrary to the ordinary Open Days, our visitors could freely move around the Engine Shed, so that the youngest guests would not get bored with the lengthy speeches of the guides or strict sightseeing route. Therefore one could freely choose among many attractions and exhibitions available on that day.

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - stoisko PLK Thanks to the sunny weather we were visited by 546 people. Except the regular exhibitions, one could visit the stands of our partners. PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe promoted its safe railway crossing campaign „Stop and Live”, where everybody could learn about the important rules of using level crossings. The Landscape Park of Bolimów encouraged to visit its picturesque forests and its many hiking or cycling routes.

Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers technical tracks of the Shed were available for recreational short trips, either with a handcar or inside a historical train consisting of the passenger coach of 4th class from 1889. Inside, a railwayman in historic uniform punched the Edmondson-type tickets with a vintage conductor’s pincers.

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - Łupia oczekuje... Dzień Dziecka 2014 - kontrola biletów

Children could also see the contemporary vehicles from PKP PLK track maintenance services – motor carts WMB10-223 and WM15-260 as well as the emergency vehicle “Unimog”. One could also visit the exhibition of the railway safety devices and signal box equipment, located in the old warehouse.

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - WMB10-223 Dzień Dziecka 2014 - USRK

Children could also visit the artistic corner, were they could try to draw a steam engine or have their face colorfully decorated.

Dzień Dziecka 2014 - stoisko plastyczne Dzień Dziecka 2014 -buźki

Hungry guests could help themselves by the catering stand of Atmosfera pizza house.

We would like to say a kind “thank You” to all our guests and partners.


Przewozy Regionalne plk_new Bolimowski Park Krajobrazowy

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Beginning of the next stage of roof repairs

Naprawa dachu na hali wacharzowej And so it began – another stage of the repairs of the roundhouse’s roof.

This year, thanks to the received subsidies we plan to recreate the roof above the outer six revision stands, beginning from the stand № 1. The reverse order of the works (when comparing with the previous year) is the result of the need to quickly secure the outer walls from further deterioration from weathering.

The repairs are conducted by the building company „Marbudex” from Skierniewice, which filled the  most favorable offer. We expect the repairs to be completed in the next couple of weeks, but the exact deadline is strictly dependent on the weather conditions.

Repairs are subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (50 000 PLN) and the Łódź Conservationists Office (35 000 PLN). Own assets of PARE in height of 25 940,94 PLN comes from the 1% of the income tax, for which we would like to thank to all benefactors.

Naprawa dachu na hali wacharzowej Naprawa dachu na hali wacharzowej

Finishing the repairs of points № 128

The repairs of points № 128 are slowly but steadily coming to an end. We are looking forward to the successful finish, while this set of points is the main access route from station to the Shed.

Prace przy rozjeździe Prace przy rozjeździe

A couple of words about the points. It is a normalised switch with a 1:9 slant. The construction of this type of switches was designed by the German railways (DRG) during 1920’s and 1930’s, right after the introduction of the heavy type of rail (49 kg per meter – later known as S49). After war the S49 rails become standard type of railway track surface, making the lighter type C obsolete. The decision resulted both from the state of the post-war railway infrastructure and the fact that the rail was as wide as the pre-war Polish type S42. Of course, the points in our Shed are not as old, most of them was built during 1970’s. The repairs were needed as the slippers were incorrectly laid on a very thin and dirty ballast. There was hardly any drainage and many parts were simply recycled from main line tracks.

Rozładunek kruszywa Nowa podsypka

Current repairs were a complete overhaul of the switch. Each section of the points was disassembled for removal of old ties and ballast. We had to deepen the track trench to make the new layer of ballast thicker and ensure that new ties have no contact with bare ground. After ballast sifting, it appeared that we have to order several cubic meters extra to fill in the shortage.

Prace przy rozjeździe Prace przy rozjeździe

During the last weekend, the last section of the switch was completed. The heaviest parts – the frog and guard rails – were laid on their place with our railway crane (manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Wyhlen in 1938). All parts were joined together and secured with new screws.

Prace przy rozjeździe Prace przy rozjeździe

During the repairs we discovered that the join track between points № 128 and previously overhauled double slip in track № 57 should be completely replaced. There was hardly any ballast under the track and the ties were completely rotten. Thankfully, we still have some extra ties left from the repairs of the turntable – enough to complete the works. We still have to level the points and check the geometry of the new track layout, but we may say the works are nearly completed.

After the International Fairs in Zabrze

Despite it is not even a week after the Railway Night of Museums, some of our members took part in yet another event. We drove to Zabrze to join the 11th International Conference “Industrial plants as the subjects of industrial heritage tourism” which took place on 22nd and 23rd May and the accompanying 6th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism. The fairs, open to the public, could be visited from 23rd to 24th May.

Konferencja The main theme of the conference was especially interesting for us. In Skierniewice Engine Shed we attempt to create a live collection which would join two seemingly contradictory functions. From one side we would like to create a museum exhibition, from another we would like to keep the facility’s primary function as the place where historical rolling stock could be repaired or even rebuild. Simultaneously, we would like to make the engine shed interesting not only to railway enthusiasts. The conference provided us some fresh point of view. Of course those are not a ready recipes for success but a contribution to new ideas.

Kolejarz SZD Czerowne dywany...

Our second stop were the International Touristic Fairs. One cannot imagine industrial heritage without railways, yet we were only one of two representations of this branch of industry. We were accompanied by a colleague from Czech-based Třemešná ve Slezsku – Osoblaha railway.

Stoisko Dzieci i SM42

As in previous year, we arranged our stand to resemble the inside of class TKt48-39 tank engine. We added many railway related props like petrol-fueled headlights, steam engine tools and canisters. We were also the part of the stage – dressed in historical PKP uniforms from 1950’s and 1960’s. Especially children were interested, how the inside of a steam engine look like and what tools an engineer needs. Paweł i Sylwek

Fairs gathered exhibitors not only connected with industrial history but also presenting the touristic values of India (Zabrze town council co-organized the fairs together with India Embassy). Among the exhibitors was the closest to us Museum of Metallurgy from Pruszków. One could took part in archaeological excavations and try to find the “forgotten treasures of past civilizations” in a big sandbox. Except that we were really impressed by the vintage automobiles of private collectors and a fire engine from the Museum of Firefighting in Mysłowice. Many visitors were attracted by a large exhibition from the IT and Computers Museum from Katowice. Other notable exhibitors were “Guido” historical coal mine from Zabrze and salt mine from Wieliczka. It’s only a pity that such an event took part exactly during the highest heat this year. In thick uniforms, with additional heating from the vintage headlights, we had conditions similar to the interior of a real steam engine.

Visit in Zabrze was a good opportunity to broaden our experience and renew the old contacts. We also had time for a trip to the Coal-Mining Museum in Zabrze and inspect the quality of rebuild works of class Ty2-5680 engine in front of the headquarters of DB Schenker. We were really impressed by the final result.

Szenkuś MGW

We came back to the Shed on Saturday evening, full of new impressions.

6th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism

V Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej We would like to invite you to the 6th International Fairs of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism which take place in Zabrze on 23rd and 24th May. Engine crew from PARE will be present there with our class TKt48-39 engine (or at least a mock-up of the real engine). You can take the sentimental rail trip on Friday (9.30 to 18.00) and Saturday (10.00 to 17.30) in MOSiR hall (Matejki Street 6).

All aboard!