International Tourism Fair of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism in Zabrze

On 14-16 April we were present at the third International Tourism Fair of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism in Zabrze. At our stand we have presented a selection of photos of our collection and a few small exhibits related to railways and travel. The attracting elements were glowing oil lamps, carried by us active conductor carbide lanterns and – of course, a railway uniforms from different eras. Indeed, the “railway men” had to have a good presentation among uniforms of miners from Poland and Saxony …

III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, wyjazd III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, stoisko PSMK III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, stoisko PSMK

Within three days, during the fairs there was presented a number of exhibitors from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Saxony and France. But the most visible and attractive tourist offer was the hosts offer – presenting the individual elements of the Silesian Industrial Heritage Route. The city of Zabrze was presented interestingly by two coal mines – Historic Coal Mine “Guido”and Heritage Mining Park “Queen Louise”. Interesting presentations were on film presenting the water supply equipment belonging to the Upper Silesia Water Plant Company-Zawada Karchowice. Central Museum of Firefighting in Mysłowice was also richly presented.

PSMK on this type, prestigious trade fairs exhibited for the first time. We were also the only one strictly railway exhibitors, although it has to be admitted that the topic of historic railway has been highlighted in materials of the city Mulhouse (France), where there is one of the larges Europe railway museum, in the brochure devoted to Heritage Route (here presented Vienna Railway Museum in Czestochowa – so dull recently considered by decision-makers) as well as in publications of Museum of Nature and Technology in Starachowice (narrow gauge railways brochures about the Starachowice area).

This year fair edition, somehow more modest than the previous one (probably due to the change of the date of organization) again gave the opportunity to both visitors and exhibitors to see the achievements in the protection of historical heritage of technic. From the proposals, presentations and materials it could be seen clearly, for example that unlike many (even if so established) institutions – the Upper Silesia region, local authorities and cities are keen interest in cultivating the technical tradition – so important for all of us – the present generation of the industrial era . It is unfortunate that the experiences and achievements of Upper Silesia inhabitants do not derive inspiration stewards of other regions of our country. And yet the history is not just battlefields, tombs and palaces of princes – but all above worth to commemorate the daily effort of millions that went in the past, our fellow citizens. Why this effort – ours – is to be forgotten, nameless?

This message was particularly evident during the exhibition of photographs, depicting a variety of people working in factories in eight European countries. The guiding idea of those photographs was highlighted by the place – exhibition was organized … 320 meters underground, in the compressor chamber preserved Historic Coal Mine “Guido. ”

III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, wystawa fotografii III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, KWK Guido III Międzynarodowe Targi Turystyki Dziedzictwa Przemysłowego i Turystyki Podziemnej w Zabrzu, wizyta w Pyskowicach

For our team, participating in fairs, in addition to promoting PSMK was also an opportunity to participate in the seminar “Industrial heritage in tourism policy for sustainable development“, organized under the VIII International Scientific-Practical Conference (Zabrze 13th April) and in number of interesting excursions. To learn how the “technical-heritage” industry works, we visited “Queen Louise”, Historic Coal Mine “Guido” and the friends of the Society for the Organization of Heritage Park and the Protecting Heritage Railway in Pyskowice.

Axle Lathe

Tokarka kołowa

Completion of the roof review of the machines room allowed to carry out maintenance work settled in the corner of the main hall axle lathe. So far, due to the observed leaks, electrical power supply was disconnected and machine itself was protected from water. Currently, electrical system could be reviewed and also for the first time in almost twenty years the machine was started up after the initial review and lubrication. The axle lathe set in Skierniewice was the largest of its kind machine tool in Warsaw Railway Direction during the steam engines era. Dated to 1931 machine, weighing – trifle! – 56 tonnes is sized to turning the largest steam engines axles used on the PKP with diameter up to 2100 mm.

Review of Roundhouse Roof

In parallel with the emergency repair of machine room roof, there was finished review of roundhouse roof (in place that is wall adjacent to the machine room) which started last year. This time the review covered approximately 300 square meters of slope roofing, reviewed and supplemented to cover the tin crown of the gable wall of the main hall. We hope to perform next part of the review in the autumn, after accumulating adequate funds.

Emergency Roof Repair

In the current year, a few days after snow disappearance, we resumed operations at the review of our roundhouse roof. We were alarmed by visible dislocation of a few rafters supporting the machine room roof surface. This dislocation caused a leak, which has become a serious wake-up call. The roof of the machine room is under our special supervision because of its interesting, original, wooden structure with large spans, dated to 1942. Wooden beams require absolute protection against moisture.

Usterki dachu hali warsztatowej Usterki dachu hali warsztatowej

During the inspection, it turned out that a few rafters, based in the wall of adjacent to the hall workshop building could not stand the pressure of snow sliding down on the steep roof of the workshop. The real reason for this was mouldered old rafter ends, there was no doubt that for decades they were exposed to moisture while beeing in spot difficult to seal.

Due to the urgent need for immediate emergency repairs it was carried out. The roof of the machine room on the two sections was removed, the old rafters were removed and replaced with new ones then the new roof surface with flashings and guttering was placed.

Naprawa dachu hali warsztatowej Naprawa dachu hali warsztatowej

Repair work was very complicated because of the need to carry them out with far-reaching care – in the hall there are valuable, old machine tools. At the work time the equipment most vulnerable to damage or flooding has been secured, but moving scaffolding in the hall occupied by units was still very difficult.

Zabezpieczenie urządzeń na czas naprawy dachu Materiały do naprawy dachu

The emergency repair was ended in mid-April. During the repair we newly made about 120 square meters of the machine room roof covering.

Visit of Ambassador of Uruguay

On 11th April our roundhouse has been visited by Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Uruguay, Mr. Julio Giambruno with a representative of Uruguay Railway Museum in Montevideo Mr. Jose Luis Hernandez. Our guests got acquainted with the collections of our Association and problems with the protection of railway relicts in Poland on the example of our organization.Visit of Guests from Uruguay was associated with opening in the Warsaw Railway Museum exhibition devoted to the history of railways in this country.

Work at the staff truck WM5-872

WM5-872, skrzynia ładunkowa

Continuously moving work at the staff truck WM5-872. The assembly of loading platform sideboards came to the end. For the engine compartment there was prepared a steel cover which is part of the loading compartment floor. Inside the cab new, made from basis, back seats were mounted.