Invitation to the 30th Anniversary of PARE

On 9th October 1987 Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Kolei) was officially registered in Warsaw’s city hall becoming second organisation of its kind at that time in Poland. It happened 30 years ago! Therefore we would like to properly celebrate this anniversary among our fans and all those who supported us through all those years. The Engine Shed Skierniewice will be open to the public on 7th October from 11AM to 4PM. Following attractions and events will be awaiting the visitors:

  • sightseeing of the main roundhouse (guided groups starting at 11AM, 12AM, 1PM and 2PM),
  • anniversary cake,
  • artistic performances,
  • display of train models,
  • rides on the miniature train,
  • railway signalling exhibition,
  • exhibition “30 years of PARE”,
  • exhibition of contest works “Skierniewice Engine Shed in children’s eyes”,
  • promotional stand of Łódź Commuter Railway (ŁKA),
  • railway emergency vehicle UNIMOG from PKP PLK,
  • security display by Railway Guards,
  • demonstration of digital control of railway models by Loko-Model shop,
  • grilled dishes served by Atmosfera pizza house.

We would like to remind our visitors about the special offer by the Łódź Commuter Railway (ŁKA). Those travelling by ŁKA trains can return for free back to their departure point based on their one-way ticket. The only condition is to receive a special stamp in the Engine Shed. The offer is valid only during the Open Days.

Free admission!


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First stage of pump house reconstruction on finish!


On Monday, 18th September, an official inspection by conservationist took place at the renovation site of the old pump house. This year’s works sponsored by the Council of Łódź Voivodeship (26 250 PLN) covered the reconstruction of the half of the roof and preparation for further works of the second half. A total cost of the works, completed by company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice, amounted to 43 013,21 PLN (including own assets from 1% of income tax for 2016).

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A rainy Holiday of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables


The 40th Holiday of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice did not have luck to the weather. Despite a rain is not an unseen phenomena for this time of the year, this time a constant shower from the sky was a real challenge to attract the guests of the Holiday to visit the Shed. Nevertheless, we are happy to report 877 visitors on this day.

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It is worth pointing out that our Open Day was connected with the celebration of 25th European Days of Heritage and the end of “Summer with Steam Engines”.

Visitors could sightsee the interior of the roundhouse housing the main part of our rolling stock collection as well as the exhibition of railway signalling. A special attraction were prepared for the youngest by PKP Cargo as a part of the “Summer with Steam Engines”.

Our guests could take advantage of the special offer of Łódź Commuter Railway (ŁKA) allowing them to travel back for free to their departure station.

Catering was traditionally served by the Atmosfera pizza house.

Days of Public Transportation in Engine Shed Skierniewice


We would like to invite you to visit us on 23rd September during the special Open Day coinciding with the Days of Public Transportation in Warsaw. During this day, visitors can sightsee the shed in guided groups. Groups start at 11AM, 12AM and 1PM.

Free admission.

Art contest on the 30th anniversary of PARE

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We would like to invite pupils of kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools to participate in the art contest on the 30th anniversary of Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts entitled “Skierniewice Engine Shed in children’s eyes”. The aim of the contest is to broaden the interest of the youngest in the history of railway.

We encourage the participants seeking the inspiration and their teachers to visit us on the special Open Day for schools on 15th September. Please call us at +48 730 181 323 to arrange the visit hour.

Contest works can be submitted under three age categories: kindergarten, elementary and secondary school. Works have to be submitted before 25th September 2017 via post (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Kolei, Pl. Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa), via email (, maximum attachment size – 10MB) or delivered in person to the Engine Shed Skierniewice (please arrange the reception hour beforehand – phone +48 730 181 323). Deciding is the date of post stamp or, in case of works delivered via e-mail or personally, date of receiving the work.

Jury, consisting of representatives of the organizer, will select the most interesting works, which will be displayed at the exhibition, starting on 7th October 2017 at 2PM in the main workshop of the Skierniewice’s Shed. Authors of the best works will be rewarded during the opening day.

The exhibition will be available for public during all Open Days and special events till the end of season 2017 (till 25th November 2017). Exhibition will be continued during the next season 2018. The best works will be published in the special gallery at the PARE website.

Volunteers tidied up the Shed’s surroundings


Due to the rainy weather, we had to reorganize the first days of yet another volunteers camp. We had to put aside the renovation works by the class Ty51-1 engine and focus on the upkeep of the shed’s buildings and surrounding areas. Volunteers dealt swiftly with heaps of leafs and cut grass and proceeded to fight the self-sown plants in the old coal storage.

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They also continued the work on replacing the broken glass panes at the back of the roundhouse. The rented AWP helped in reaching the highest parts of the windows. Simultaneously we cleaned up the area behind the main roundhouse. We were also able to continue the repainting of the fence thanks to the supply of paints provided by “Castorama” from Skierniewice.

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A couple of words about September’s Open Day


The unpredictable weather on 2nd September discouraged many to go out. Only the bravest decided to visit us despite the possible rain. We were happy to admit to Engine Shed 192 visitors. It is worth noting that more and more of our guests are taking advantage of special offer of Łódź Commuter Railway (ŁKA) allowing them to return to their departure station for free.

Thank you very much for visiting us!

We would like to invite you to the next open days on 16th and 17th September.

Subscription to the Open Day for schools

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As each year, we would like to invite teachers and their pupils to visit us during the special Open Day for Schools, which will take place on 15th September (Friday) from 8AM to 3PM. Due to the limited size of visiting groups please arrange the visit time beforehand.

Available attractions:

  • collection of historical rolling stock;
  • railway workshop with steam engines maintenance equipment;
  • railway smithy with original equipment;
  • exhibition of railway signalling equipment.

Please call us at +48 730 181 323 to arrange the visit time.