PARE – a partner of „Manufacture of Satire”


We are happy to report, that in mid-June we were invited to cooperate in the 4th National Satirical Competition „Manufacture of Satire”. The competition is organized annually by the City of Żyrardów. The aim of the event is to popularize the unique, industrial history of the city through the art of satirical cartoons. It is send to the professional cartoonists as well as the students of art schools. The exhibition of the finalists works is presented also outside Żyrardów, visiting selected cities, to the applause of the guests.


This year’s presence of or Association among the partners of the competition is not a coincidence – this time the main topic of the competition is railway. The originators of the event decided to celebrate in this way the 170th anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad and underline railway’s significance to the development of the city and its industry. The topic of the works can range from past, present and future of the railway, rolling stock, stations, travel by rail etc. More detailed rules of the competition are published on the official website of the event. We hope that the upcoming after-competition exhibition will arrive also at our Shed.


Beginning of the renovation of the „Łowicz annex”!

Przybudówka - prace ze spychareczką

Several days a rebuilding works began in the oldest part of the roundhouse, the so called „Łowicz annex” (named so due to the proximity of track to Łowicz). The “annex” is really a first of the seven stands of the original engine shed erected in 1862. On the turn of 1880’s and 1890’s this single stand was converted into workshop backroom and dispatchers office. During the first months of the Great War and the fierce fight in the battle of Łódź, the Shed was nearly razed to the ground. The building was reconstructed in 1918 and furtherly (sometimes shoddily) extended after the Second World War

Przybudówka - spychareczka i kopareczka

The first stage of renovation took place in 2012. It consisted of emergency clean-up and strengthening of the outer walls. Works were sponsored by the Conservationist of Łódź Voivodship. For the next two years, we had to put the renovation on hold due to the lack of funding. Eventually, this year we were granted 100 000 PLN by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and could restart the works.

Przybudówka - prace ze spychareczką (2)

In the coming days several things will be done: foundations of the building will be reinforced and new internal walls erected to hold new, concrete ceiling. During the next stage of renovation we plan to rebuild the roof.

The works are carried out by the company Marbudex from Skierniewice, which proved itself trustworthy and reliable during the previous building projects in the Shed. This time, a heavy-duty equipment had to be utilized to excavate the foundations.

In the future, the annex will house the interactive exhibition of railway safety devices.

The renovation of the oldest part of the roundhouse is supported by

Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

Facelift of reception house

Portiernia po remoncie

At the turn of May and June, the interior of our reception house was completely refurbished. The building, erected in 1989, is currently the main entrance and visitors reception desk. However, for the long years its fate, as the youngest construction in the Shed, was not so obvious. It was even considered to be knocked down due to the advanced state of disrepair. However, the building appeared very useful during the first ever Open Days in Engine Shed – after emergency repairs of the roof, the reception house could be exploited on each event in the Shed. Yet, the interior called for at least a new coat of paint.

Eventually, we decided it is a high time to refurbish the building. The interior, as well as doors and windows frames were cleaned and repainted.  The reception house in its new appearance could be admired for the first time during the last Children’s Day in engine Shed.

Soon we plan to carry out similar works at the volunteers social rooms.

„WVR for Kids” – Children’s Day in Skierniewice Engine Shed

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - kącik plastyczny (2)

This year’s edition of Children’s Day in Engine Shed (6th July) was joined with the celebrations of 170th anniversary of Warsaw-Vienna Railroad under the common title “WVR for Kids”. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing track repairs on the adjacent railway station, we had to resign from the exhibition of contemporary rolling stock. Nevertheless, we did our best to provide as much attractions for the youngest visitors as possible. It seem that we succeeded – on that day the Shed was visited by 618 guests.


Temporary cutting the Shed off of the main line, limited the visiting contemporary vehicles to the specialist road-rail truck „Unimog” from Railway Maintenance Works in Łódź, which could reach our place by road.

Despite the lack of big locomotives, it was the small handcars that aroused much interest. Soon a queues of those wanting to have a ride formed.

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - drezyna (2) Dzień Dziecka 2015 - kolejka do drezyn

Thanks to the Automobile Club from Łódź an additional attraction  were the historical Polish cars, which lately take part in rally around the Łowicz land.

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - samochody zabytkowe od toru nr 63 Dzień Dziecka 2015 - auta z góry z ludźmi

The Moto-Medic Foundation organized a demonstration of the first aid and the Railway Security prepared a talk about the safety on railway crossings.

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - SOK Dzień Dziecka 2015 - kurs I pomocy (2)

One could also check the opportunities to spend free time in the nature on the stand of Bolimów’s Scenic Park. Children could play by the drawing corner prepared by Warsaw’s Commuter Railway.

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - rysunki Dzień Dziecka 2015 - prezenty od SKM Warszawa

Visitors willing to see the major part of our collection could join two of the guided groups.

Dzień Dziecka 2015 - tłum koło kanałów szlakowych Dzień Dziecka 2015 - w kuźni

We would like to say big thanks to our guests, sponsors and partners.

Sponsors and Partners

skmwaw_logo PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA
Przewozy Regionalne motomedic Bolimowski Park Krajobrazowy

Popular-science conference „Heritage of WVR”

Wczoraj, dziś, jutro kolei warszawsko-wiedeńskiej - sala

We would like to invite you on 11th June to the Warsaw’s Museum of Technology (Palace of Culture and Science, Parade Square 1) to the popular-science conference „Heritage of WVR”. The meeting, starting at 10AM, is directed to all those who are interested in the history of the oldest Polish railway – the Warsaw-Vienna Railroad, which celebrates this year the 170th anniversary of the opening of its first section from Warsaw to Grodzisk.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration of participants
10.00 – 10.15 Conference opening, introduction
10.15 – 11.00 Andrzej Paszke WVR, railroad to Europe
11.00 – 11.30 Marek Moczulski Stanisław Wysocki – the one who built WVR
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 12.40 Paweł Mierosławski From “Warsaw” to “Hannoverian” – first engines of WVR
12.40 – 13.20 Michał Jerczyński The architecture of WVR buildings – evolution of style since 1845
13.20 – 14.00 Maria Balicka „On duty and on the station” – railway in life and works of Władysław Reymont
14.00 – 14.30 End of conference, discussion

Free admission.