Audience Award during the exhibition “History enchanted in Iron”

Wręczenie nagród publiczności za najlepszą pracę na wystawie Historia w żelazie zaklęta

On Saturday (23rd November) in the industrial surroundings of the forge room and by the presence of the City President of Skierniewice the Audience Contest for the best work at the exhibition “History enchanted in Iron” has been settled.

During the last touristic season, visitors of the Engine Shed could vote for their favorite photography. After the votes counting, the Audience Award went to Anna Bryjak. Second place and honorable mention was prized to Łukasz Gładki. Book awards were handed to laureates.

Praca konkursowa, Historia w żelazie zaklęta, Anna Bryjak   Praca konkursowa, Historia w żelazie zaklęta, Łukasz Gładki

The outdoor fotoday, the exhibition and the contest were financed from the budget of Łódź Voivodeship.

Samorząd Województwa Łódzkiego

Railwayman Day 2013

Railwayman Day, which falls on the name day of St Catherine of Alexandria, is also a traditional final event of touristic season in Skierniewice Engine Shed. This year we decided to celebrate the Day earlier, on Saturday 23th November, the closest to this holiday.

And so, on the foggy but snowless morning, we’ve once again invited all interested to visit our shed. During this railway holiday we always try to show something beyond our rolling stock collection. This year’s main theme was the modern passenger cars of PKP Intercity. Diesel engine class SM42-223 arrived at the shed from Warsaw with an elegant conference carriage type 508A coupled with the slipping car type 305A. Consequently, Skieniewice were visited by a nealy complete “business” train which provides conditions for undisturbed office work round the clock.

To underline that railway consists not exclusively of passenger traffic, we invited PKP Cargo’s shunting diesel class SM31-126 from Łódź. The list of guest appearances was closed by the Unimog emergency vehicle from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe infrastructure maintainer. Unfortunately, “Traxx” engine from Lotos-Kolej didn’t reached the shed, while being deployed in more important freight task.

Thanks to the initiative of Przewozy Regionalne, our visitors could travel back home free of charge, using their one-way ticket with stamp of our Engine Shed.

Święto Kolejarza 2013, SM42-223 i wagon konferencyjny 508A Święto Kolejarza 2013, Wnętrze wagonu konferencyjnego typu 508A
Święto Kolejarza 2013, SM31-126 Święto Kolejarza 2013, pojazd techniczny Unimog

Święto Kolejarza 2013, Prezydent Miasta Skierniewic i członkowie PSMK Except the rolling stock exhibition, visitors had the occasion to see (and take a photo) of “vintage” railwaymen. Our president and three members of the association wore the 1958 railway uniforms, modeled after their 19th century counterparts (ex. long, double-breasted mantels). The uniforms are original and represent their epoch in the finest detail.

Święto Kolejarza 2013, lampy naftowe w kuźni While closing the touristic season, we didn’t forget about very important, round anniversary. 160 years ago, summer 1853, Ignacy Łukasiewicz constructed the first kerosene lamp. This path-breaking invention is closely related to railways. Namely, the first large batch of lamps was ordered by Kaiser Ferdinand’s Northen Railways (KFNB). Kerosene was vital for railroads nearly to the end of 20th century. At the beginning it produced light everywhere – from offices and warehouses to train headlights and signals. Lately the need for kerosene lamp was limited to the old mechanical signals. To celebrate the anniversary, in the smithy we’ve placed a row of kerosene lamps, still in working order, ranging from small signaling lamps to the big headlight of the last class Tp4 switcher from Skierniewice.

The last open day in the year was also an opportunity for countless meetings and summaries. In the morning we were visited by Mr Leszek Trębski, City President of Skierniewice. With pride we’ve presented to the officials the result of this year’s renovation works: refurbished roof of the roundhouse (sponsored by Department of Culture and Heritage and Łódź Voivodeship Restoration Fund) and ongoing preparation of the railway communication exhibition. City President wished all the best on the occasion Railwayman Day. Pupils of the Primary School No 4  also didn’t let us down on that day. Under the supervision of the tutor, Mrs Beata Więckowska, they brought us a special gift – very long paper chain – train.

Święto Kolejarza 2013, wizyta uczniów z SP nr 4 Święto Kolejarza 2013, wizyta uczniów z SP nr 4

As each year, a meeting of retired railway workers took place in the dispatcher’s office. Several people, most the former workers of Skierniewice’s shed, enjoyed their time. It was an unique opportunity for us to hear recollections and stories from the good, old times when steam beasts ruled the roundhouse. It’s worth noting, that one of the participants began his career in Skierniewice engine yard back in 1946…

Święto Kolejarza 2013, nagroda publiczności na wystawie Historia w żelazie zaklęta Święto Kolejarza 2013, nagroda publiczności na wystawie Historia w żelazie zaklęta Special open day was also the occasion to finalize the audience competition for the best photo at the “History Enchanted in Iron” exhibition. Visitors of the gallery, placed in the machine shop, could vote for their favorite work during each Open Day. The winners were Anna Bryjak and Łukasz Gładki.

During this last open day of season 2013, we were visited by 375 people. Summarizing, during this year we’ve once again broke the attendance record reaching 6000 visitors!

Święto Kolejarza 2013, msza w kościele św. Jakuba Skierniewice celebrated the railroad holiday not only in the Engine Shed. The next day, on Sunday, a mass for railroad workers and members of PARE took place in the Church of St. Jakob. It was an occasion to recollect our friends, who passed during the relatively short (when compared with the timeline of railway history) time of the Association’s existence. PARE was represented by standard bearers with the historical 1907 standard of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad workers: Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska and Paweł Mierosławski. They were accompanied by Mr Kazimierz Miastowski from Railwaymen Ministry, a former worker of Skierniewice Depot.




Utility stands from Zdzisław Ciesielski company

Regały sponsorowane przez firmę Zdzisław Ciesielski

During the short autumn and winter days, simultaneously to the renovation works, we organize our workshop’s backroom. It required new stands where we could store the tools and spare parts. Therefore we were very glad when two days before the Railwayman Day, a very useful gift reached the shed.  Courtesy of the company of Mr Zdzisław Ciesielski, our workshops storeroom has been equipped with a couple of new stands. Thank you!

TOPEX partner in railway heritage renovation

Narzędzia sponsorowane przez firmę Topex

We are happy to inform that the brand TOPEX, a former partner of Technical Education Workshop “Steamhouse”, once again positively responded to our request for new tools, vital for refurbishing works by the rolling stock of Skierniewice’s Engine Shed. Tools received several years ago appeared useful not only during the EU-sponsored workshops but also in everyday maintenance duties in the shed. We hope that this year’s gift will not only broaden our workshops equipment but will be an invaluable help in developing technical abilities of another group of young people engaged in the volunteer activities in the Engine Shed.

On behalf of the volunteers and the old vehicles undergoing the renovation – sincerely thank you!