From Witaszyce to Skierniewice

Akulok w Witaszycach The four-wheeled, battery-powered shunting engine (so called akkulok) was built in 1928 by company AEG for sugar factory in Witaszyce. The vehicle bears factory number 4184. It is of a quite simple design: two electric motors coupled via single stage gearboxes with axles, cramped driver cab with modest equipment with two battery boxes on each end. Engine was employed by a shunting works on the factory’s sidings. Over the years the appearance of the engine changed. Due to the many repairs and overhauls before early 1970’s, the engine had covers of the battery boxes replaced with simplified ones, and added electric lights in new casings.

When the engine concluded its service, PARE began efforts to add it to then started railway collection in Skierniewice’s Shed.  In April 1995 the vehicle arrived on the heavy-freight trailer in Skierniewice.

AEG na hali maszyn At the turn of 1997/1998 the renovation works began. First of all, the bodywork had to be painstakingly cleaned off of rust and old paint. Next come the coat of anti-corrosive paint. At that point, the vehicle started to look better, but it was still many years before more complex works could be started. In 2006, the engine arrived at the Warsaw’s Tram works – first the undercarriage, than the remaining parts of the body. The greatest attention had to be paid to the electrical equipment – engines and controls required lots of efforts to be brought back to life. A new roof and doors have been fitted to the bodywork. Still, finding a manufacturer willing to rebuild the driving resistors appeared to be a bit tricky.

Zestawy kołowe AEG w TW Silnik AEG w TW

In January 2014, the bodywork got the finish before the final coat of paint. New lights casings have been fitted. Two months later, the vehicle was painted in the final colors, both inside and outside. However, the electrical equipment was still in parts.

Al last in the beginning of summer, the renovation of the electrical equipment was completed and the engine could be assembled together. On 20th June, the akkulok made its trial run on borrowed batteries, to check if the old controls work properly.

On 20th September 2014, the engine was prepared to depart back to Skierniewice. Before loading on the heavy-freight trailer, last photos in front of Warsaw’s Tram works were taken. Due to the small sizes of the vehicle, the transportation to the Shed went effortlessly.

Akulok w słońcu   Odsłonięcie AEG widziane z góry

Thanks to the support of Warsaw’s Trams, the akkulok is the newest completely renovated  vehicle in PARE’s collection. The first public presentation of the engine took place during the Railwaymen Day, on 22nd November.

Merry Christmas!

While waiting for the coming Christmas and New Year, full of hope we are looking forward to the future. We would like to wish to our colleagues and supporters good health, cheerfulness and many successes in common aspirations.

PARE Board, Members and Volunteers

Wesołych świąt!

Broken down

Pompownia z kominem Life not always go as one would wish for – sometimes it is a matter of time and the lack of resources…. Unfortunately, the smoke stack of the pump house from 1880 gave up to the erosion caused by years of exposure to the rain and fumes. Due to the safety reasons, we were forced to call a specialists to carefully disassemble its top part. Nevertheless, we want to rebuild it to its original shape as this might be one of the last brick industrial smoke stacks in Skierniewice. Therefore, we are looking for sponsors who would like to support bringing this construction back to the Engine Shed’s skyline.

Acknowledgments for rebuild of AEG battery shunter

On 16th December at the seat of Warsaw Trams we celebrated the successful rebuild of AEG battery shunting engine from 1928. The President of PARE, Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska, expressed our gratitude to Mr Krzysztof Karosa and Mr Wojciech Pęsik for sponsoring and completing the renovation works of this unique vehicle from PARE’s collection. We honored also the employees of Warsaw Trams for their involvement in the rebuild. Once again we would like to thank our benefactor for his help.

Wręczenie podziękowań Zarządowi TW Wręczenie podziękowań w TW Wręczenie podziękowań w TW

Repairs of the roundhouse roof finished!

Hala rewizyjna - dach cały On Tuesday, 16th December, took place the inspection of final in this year renovation works in the Shed. Inspection was carried out by conservationist officers and the representatives of the City Council in Skierniewice. Company “Marbudex” once again proved its trustworthiness – the repairs above stands 4 to 6 were finished flawlessly and on time. In this way, we have finished the replacement of the outer cladding of the roof. The works were possible thanks to the support of the City Council in Skierniewice (50 000 PLN) and donations from 1% of income tax for 2013. Total cost of the latest works amounted over 55 000 PLN.

Nevertheless, there is still some work to be done – the rebuild of the roundhouse’s skylight still waits for its part. Currently, we are completing the building documentation regarding the future repairs. We also plan to finish the repairs of the workshop’s roof.

Hala rewizyjna - dach przy dźwigu Hala rewizyjna - nowe poszycie

To sum up, the total cost of the roundhouse’s roof repairs reached 350 000 PLN.

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice

To save from rusting away

Michał Jerczyński - Ocalić od zardzewienia On 9th December 2014 we took part in a symposium entitled “To save from rusting away. Conservation of Engineering Heritage – past and present”. Our colleague – Michał Jerczyński presented the paper “The need for national-wide conservation of railway constructions in regard of their historical significance and introducing the program for conservation of railway listed objects”. The symposium and the following panel discussion was organized by the Railway Museum in Warsaw, National Institute of Museums and Collections Conservation, Conservationist of the Mazovian Voivodeship, Department of Railway Transport, Polish State Railways and the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

Thank you!

It is the end of yet another record breaking year of PARE operation, so it’s time for summing-up. First of all we would like to thank to all those, who decided to support us with their 1% of income tax for 2013 – a total amount of 33 000 PLN, which we multiplied as starting assets of grants for projects worth 175 000 PLN. A major part of this amount, 165 000 PLN, was devoted to the roof repairs – a total of 900 square meters of roundhouse roof cladding went through a general overhaul. The remaining 10 000 PLN was spent for the repairs of the points in Shed’s shunting tracks.

Dach z dotacji MKiDN Dach - kanał 7   Remont kanałów 4-6

We also would like to express our gratitude to the sponsors of the rolling stock conservation works – in 2014 Freightliner PL has sponsored the relocation of the engine Ok1-266. PKP Cargo supported renovation works of the engine Ol49-4 and the beer refrigerator car. Tramwaje Warszawskie has been sponsor and contractor of reconstruction battery locomotive from 1928.

Ustawianie kotła Motocykle   Piwiarka - montujemy pierwszą ścianę

On behalf of the members and volunteers of PARE we would like to thank to all the sponsors.

PARE Sponsors in 2014

Roof repairs supported by:

1 procent podatku   Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego   Łódzki Wojewódzki Konserwator Zabytków   Urząd Miasta Skierniewice

Points and track repairs supported by:

1 procent podatku Urząd Miasta Skierniewice   Śrubena-Unia S.A.

Rolling stock renovation supported by:

1 procent podatku Freightliner   PKP Cargo S.A. Tramwaje Warszawskie

Continuing repairs of roundhouse roof

Remont kanałów 4-6 This year we broke all records in the number of renovation works and repairs of buildings in the Shed. During summer first repairs were conducted on the roundhouse roof above stands 1 to 3 (sponsored by National Heritage Ministry) and 7 to 9 (sponsored by the Łódź Voivodship Conservationist’s Office). Since mid-November, company Marbudex completes the repairs of the last 300 square meters of the roof above stands 4 to 6. This stage of repairs was possible thanks to the generous support of the taxpayers who offered their 1% of income tax to PARE as well as the City Council of Skierniewice which offered 50000 PLN to complete the required works.

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice

Invitation to the Open Days in 2015

Afisz 2015 v1.0 The new calendar of events in Skierniewice Shed for 2015 is ready! We intend to keep the arrangements introduced in 2014:

  • The duration of Open Days (starting 2nd May 2015) will be held one hour longer – Engine Shed will be open to visitors till 3:00 PM and the last guided tour will start at 2:00 PM.
  • The Railway Night of Museums (16th May 2015) will be held till midnight.
  • Evenings in the Shed will take place irregularly – according to the availability of organizers and speakers – and will start at 8:00 PM.
  • Due to the weather conditions in November, the exhibition of contemporary rolling stock will take place during the Children Day.
  • We are also planning to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad. Main events will take place in mid-June. Further details will be provided soon.

We reserve the right to change the schedule of the events.

The end of 2014 tourist season on Railwayman Day

Wystawa ŚK2014 Traditionally, we invited our fans to celebrate the Railwayman Day in Skieniewice Shed on the Saturday closest to this holiday (this year on 22nd November). We prepared attractions for all our guest – tourists, as well as the retired employees of Skierniewice’s Shed. A part of the event was the exhibition of contemporary rolling stock – diesel engine class SM31-088 from PKP Cargo, catenary maintenance train of type PS.00-23 from PKP Energetyka and emergency service vehicle “Unimog” from PKP PLK.

ŚK2014 - PS00-23 ŚK2014 - SM31-088

At 12 o’clock a special event took place – battery shunter AEG 4184 from 1928 was presented for the first time to the public after its renovation sponsored and carried out by Warsaw Trams.

ŚK2014 - Wjazd AEG   AEG odsłona

ŚK2014 - Odłonięcie AEG   ŚK2014 - AEG

As each year, we were visited by the pupils of Elementary School № 4 and scouts.

Thanks to one of our visitor – the owner of YouTube channel Filmy Mariusza – those who could not visit us can have a glimpse at the events on this day.

In the afternoon a meeting for retired employees of the Shed took place.

On this day we were visited by 230 people, closing the 2014 tourist season with a total of 6100 visitors. Some of our guests took the opportunity to travel back home free of charge thanks to the special offer provided by Przewozy Regionalne. Catering was provided by Atmosfera pizza house.

A service for railwaymen’s benefit took place on Sunday, 23rd November at 12.30AM in St. Jacob’s Church in Skierniewice.

Media coverage

Głos Skierniewic   TV Skierniewice     Radio RSC


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