Volunteers helping in track works


Our project of Volunteers Camps is slowly reaching its end. During the last editions of the weekend camps from 21st to 22nd October and 4th to 5th November the participants helped us in the preparation to the track renovation and maintenance works. They assisted in a labour-intense process of recycling of the old ballast, classification and storing of the track fittings and removal of the damaged track ties. We still plan to complete the track works before the end of November to keep the vital track № 59 passable.

We would like to say a big thanks to more than 30 participants of the camps who often visited us more than once and assisted us in the maintenance of the Shed.

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Financed by the National Heritage Board, programme Volunteering for Heritage

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During the November holidays


For the last 8 years our members are participating in the All Saints Day collection organized by the Committee of Old Powązki Cemetary Restoration. As each year you could have meet us dressed in historical railway uniforms in the vicinity of the grave of Stanisław Wysocki (1805-1868), the builder of the Warsaw-Vienna Railroad. On 29th October and 1st November our colleagues Paweł Mierosławski, Marek Moczulski and Andrzej Paszke were joined by Maria Balicka, Kamil Migdał and Paweł Rybak from Warsaw’s Commuter Railway.

Traditionally, we organized on 2nd November the 10th walk on the All Saints Day. Due to the 30th anniversary of PARE we wlaked along the route of the graves of famous people related to the Warsaw-Vienna Railroad but also other railwaymen related to Skierniewice and our Shed.

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PARE awarded by the Łódź Voivodeship’s Assembly


On Thursday, 26th October, we were invited to the Łódź Culture Centre, to take part in a special event. For our efforts to safe and renovate the Skierniewice Shed we were awarded the Culture Award of the Łódź Voivodeship’s Assembly. We are happy that our efforts from the last 25 years are appreciated.

We would like to express our gratitude to the assembly and all its councillors.

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Results of the art competition for children

The commission led by Sławomir Sidor, the vice-president of PARE and consitsting of Józef Kaźmierczak (PARE honorary member), Alicja Przybyszewska (art teacher) and Beata Więckowska (entry level teacher) have chosen the winning works out of the 85 entries in the following age categories:


Group I – Kindergarten

1st place – Hania Grochowska (3,5), Podbiel, Celestynów commune,
2nd place – Dominik Sydz (4), Kindergarten № 87 in Białystok,
3rd place – Ewelina Hasińska (5), Culture Centre in Radzyń.

Honourable mention:
Wojtek Grochowski (5, Podbiel, Celestynów commune) and Wiktor Hetmańczyk (6, Primary School № 4 in Wieliczka).


Group II – primary school, classes 1-3
1st place – Zofia Zacharska (8), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
2nd place – Julia Serwicka (8), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
3rd place – Martyna Pietrzykowska (8), Culture Centre in Radzyń.

Honourable mention:
Julia Kuśmierczyk (8, Primary School № 4 in Skierniewice), Iwona Mroczka (7, Special Educational Centre in Przemyśl) and Kamil Sprutta (9, Culture Centre in Radzyń).


Group II – primary school, classes 4-7

1st place – Marianna Łata (13), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
2nd place – Karolina Kumołka (10), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
3rd place – Katarzyna Włodarczyk (11), Primary School in Niedamirów, Lubawka commune.

Honourable mention:
Olaf Królikowski (10, Primary School № 10 in Siedlce), Jędzrej Maćkowiak (11, Culture Centre in Radzyń), Dawid Skiba (10, Culture Centre in Radzyń), Amelia Starzec (12, Primary School № 4 in Skierniewice) and Olga Szwarczyńska (12, Culture Centre in Radzyń).


Group III – middle schools, gymnasium
1st place – Kinga Dudko (14), Zagruszany, Zabłudów commune,
2nd place – Wiktoria Gorwa (14), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
3rd place – Sara Jamrożek (14), Culture Centre in Radzyń.

Honourable mention:
Zuzanna Fajfer (14, Culture Centre in Radzyń) and Maksymilian Paszek (15, Culture Centre in Radzyń).

Group III – middle schools, secondary schools
1st place – Aleksandra Łoś (17), Culture Centre in Radzyń,
2nd place (not awarded),
3rd place – Aleksandra Serwicka (16), Culture Centre in Radzyń.

Honourable mention (not awarded).

PARE at the 6th Conference on Railway History in Rybnik


The activity of our association is not limited only to the Engine Shed. On 23rd October three of our members took part in the 6th Conference on Railway History in Rybnik “Coal, politics, steel, people. Railway in the life of Silesia”. It was organized by the Museum in Rybnik in cooperation with the faculty of Business, Finance and Administration of the Economic University in Katowice.

During the conference, Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska presented the co-authored by dr Ariel Ciechański paper “Selected aspects of beer transportation by rail in Silesia”. Paweł Mierosławski presented the paper “Aspects of preservation of historical railway telecommunication objects”. The last paper, “Development and decline of industrial railways in Silesia” was presented by dr Ariel Ciechański, our colleague and a representative of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of Polish Academy of Science.

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30 years went by!


On 9th October 1987 Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Kolei) was officially registered in Warsaw’s city hall, becoming the second organisation of its kind in Poland at that time. It happened 30 years ago! Additionally, in December it will be 25 years since we started the initiative to save the Skierniewice Shed. Therefore, we decided to properly celebrate this anniversary and meet with our fans and supporters. On 7th October 2017 the Shed was open to the public longer than on usual Open Day with many extra attractions awaiting our guests. Despite the rainy weather, 546 visitors took a sightseeing around the Shed and participated in the anniversary events.

Unfortunately, due to the cyclone Xaver ravaging the central Europe earlier that week, we had to cancel couple of attractions. The Park Railway from Pecna, which was supposed to be a highlight of that day, could not reach us. Also, the unpredictable rainfall made the outdoor sightseeing less pleasant. Fortunately, that was the last of the unpleasant surprises.


Traditionally, the basis of the Open Day was the guided tour inside the roundhouse, where major part of our rolling stock collection is gathered. Every hour a new group enjoyed the longer sightseeing route under now fully repaired roof. Of course, there was also possibility to drop off from the main group proceed to other attractions – an option especially addressed to families with young children.

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Precisely at noon a main anniversary event started. It was the opportunity to receive the congratulations from the official guests visiting us on that day:

  • Andrzej Melon, the headmaster of the City Council of Skierniewice,
  • Janusz Malinowski, the president of the board of Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA),
  • Witold Stępień, the marshal of Łódź Voivodeship,
  • Dorota Rutkowska, the parliamentary representative,
  • prof. dr hab. Jakub Lewicki, the conservationist of Mazovian Voivodeship,
  • Stanisław Pytliński, deputy director of Łódź Voivodeship’s Landscape Parks,
  • Beata Ozga-Flejszer, councillor of Łódź Voivodeship regional assembly.

A special anniversary cake was prepared for all our guests. The long cake in a form of a train weighted over 17,5 kg – enough for everybody.

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As always, our interactive exhibition of railway signalling and traffic safety devices was open to the visitors. Courtesy of the model shop Loko-model the exhibition was also hosting a railway display where young guests could learn the art of digital control of railway models. As one can see from the photos, there were enough attractions for the fans of a large and small railways.

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The anniversary was also the final of the art competition for children entitled “Skierniewice Engine Shed in children’s eyes”. Laureates, most of whom come from the Radzyń’s Culture Centre, were prized with diplomas and gifts. The best works are displayed now in the corridor of the workshop building and can be viewed by the visitors during each Open Day. Our congratulations to the prizewinners.

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Specially for the occasion of the anniversary, Andrzej Paszke has prepared a display documenting the 30 years of PARE activity.

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Among the special attraction on that day was the patrol car of the Railway Guards and Unimog emergency truck from PKP PLK.

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Courtesy of the Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA), the guests of Engine Shed could return to their departure home for free, based on their one-way ticket to Skierniewice with a special stamp obtained in the Shed.

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Invitation to the photo plain-air


We would like to invite the fans of photography to a special open day organized for all those who would like to catch on the film the unique atmosphere of the railway facility without the crowds of tourists in the background. The event will take place on Saturday, 21st October from 12AM to 3PM.

Free admission, without the need for earlier subscription. During the event, a special sightseeing rules are in force.


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.