Christmas greetings

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

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The Board, Members and Volunteers of the Polish Association of Railway Enthusiasts.


Concluding track works in 2018

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In 2018, we were surprised by the donation of 20000 PLN by the City Council of Skierniewice to support repairs of the tracks in the shed. Together with the initial assets, we ended up with a record-breaking amount of 25000 PLN for this purpose. Together with a significant amount of stored track fittings we were able to plan quite extensive works aiming to resuscitate two of the most dilapidated tracks – № 12 and № 13 in front of the roundhouse.

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Due to the weather conditions, we started the repairs at the end of March. We started with the track № 12. The track bed had to be reformed anew and the old ballast moved away for future sifting. Another stage was to resurface a layer of a fresh ballast. In the middle of May, we laid down new ties. Fortunately, we were able to reuse the old rails. Thanks to the invaluable help of Mr Jan Markowicz, and owner of a backhoe loader, we were able to carry out those works quickly and effortlessly.

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In the meantime, we were able to find a source of more concrete ties which were transported to the shed during the summer vacations. Some of the ties were used during this year’s works, and the remaining ones will be utilized in the future repairs.

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The repairs of track № 13 were trickier. The rails were of a very old light type “8” and the amount of dirt made most of the fitting to rust away. This forced a time-consuming matching of fittings from our storage. The scope of remaining works was identical to those applied to track № 12 with the exception of old ties – there was hardly anything to remove, some ties completely rotten away leaving behind only a small depression below the rails. After initial works on both tracks were done, the tracks were regulated and stabilized with additional layer of ballast. The works were concluded with putting on place the heavy concrete pads which form a crossing through those tracks.

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Next year, if our funds allows, we plan to repair two more track in front of the roundhouse.

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Track repairs were supported by

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice


Goods van from Piotrków Trybunalski rebuilt

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Two and a half year ago we informed about the complex operation of saving two goods vans from the former control point of the defunct Piotrków Trybunalski Shed. We found by surprise, that for over 25 years, both vans were supposed to be our possession. After clarifying the ownership, one of the cars of Prussian origin was send to Kraków to be renovated and later to become a technical monument. Despite the fact that we did not write anything about the further fate of this car, it is a high time to report on its current whereabouts.

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Just to recap, a company Radionika sp. z o.o. from Kraków – producer and distributor of railway communication devices, become our partner in saving of the cars. As their intention was to display one of the vans as a monument at the entrance to their factory, they took the responsibility for the general overhaul of the vehicle.

The van was transported directly from Piotrków to the workshop of PKP Intercity in Kraków-Prokocim. The workshop was an ideal place to carry out such a complex renovation. Thanks to the initiative of the director of Radionika, a replacement axles with complete axle boxes and 4 buffers fitting the old style cars were acquired. It was decided, that the car will be rebuild with the original equipment allowing for troops transport – a special holder to mount temporary benches and a roof exhaust for a temporary heater.

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At some part of its history, the van was equipped with a full breaking system. Due to the lack of original parts, we decided to skip on recreating of this piece of equipment. The car received markings typical for the mid-1939. The renovated van was transported by road and put on a section of track in front of the main office of Radionika in Kraków (Życzkowskiego Street 12). It will underline the railway background of the company.

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News from the telephone exchange

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As the temperature outside drops, the activities in the Shed are less obvious to the passers-by. One such area of inconspicuous works is the exhibition of railway telecommunication. Despite the cold outside works are possible thanks to the constant heating provided by two masonry heaters and one temporary furnace, fed with the firewood collected during the summer clean-up of the shed’s surroundings. Therefore, we have enough time to painstakingly reassemble and paint the overhead cable ducts. It is also an opportunity to inspect our collection of Strowger selecting switches, which we plan to use in the future expansion of the exhibition.

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Thank you for 1%

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The end of the year is a good moment to summarize our incomes as an organization of the public benefit. According to the report received from the Ministry of Finance in 2018 we received a total of 31663,3 PLN from the 1% of income taxes for 2017. This makes us the leader of the 1% recipients among the organizations related to railway heritage. Thank you very much for your support.

According to the initial estimates, 13500 PLN from this amount became an initial asset for the grant of the Council of Łódź Voivodeship to repair the roof of the roundhouse and to cover the costs of the building inspection. Another 5000 PLN was a basis of the initial asset for the grant from the City Council of Skierniewice for track works. 13000 PLN was required for the emergency repairs of the main workshop roof. Still, that is not all. This year we plan to start repairs of the roof of the main office building of the Shed.

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The death of Dariusz Podsiadły

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With regret we would like to inform of the death of our colleague from Opole Lubelskie, Dariusz Podsiadły. He was a member of PARE from the early beginnings of the association. As a big fan of the narrow-gauge railway from his home town, he devoted his time to save the railway heritage as a volunteer of the Nadwislańska Narrow-Gauge Railway.

The funeral will take place in the parish church in Opole Lubelskie on 6th December at 11:30AM.


What’s up at the signalling exhibition

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Starting from the summer vacations, we were continuing our activities as a part of the project Volunteers helping in the Engine Shed Skierniewice, which was sponsored by Tesco Poland programme You decide, We help. In the vote by the clients of Tesco, we reached the second place and received a grant of 3000 PLN. The main aim of our application was to continue the extension of the signalling exhibition. As usual the ambitious plans had to be slightly reduced due to the time and financial constraints.

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The first object of our activities was a small lever frame from the intermediary signal box. Thanks to the assets from the programme, we were able to expand our back-room workshop with the tools. This sped up the further works and limited us the unnecessary trips to the main workshop. A major portion of the expenditures were high quality paints required to keep the renovated devices in good shape and look for long years.

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The activities which started back in the winter, now got up to speed. We completed the renovation of signal levers and the block device. Both pieces of equipment required a total disassembly, thorough cleaning and repainting. After receiving the last coat of paint, they were mounted on their place on the lever frame. There is one more stage to be completed to make the device fully functional, that is recreating the electric circuits of the block device.

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Some of the activities were carried out outside of the Shed. One of our volunteers created new charts for the exhibition, reusing the photos of the old charts but mostly creating them from scratch. The charts, describing the history and principles of signalling and railway traffic control devices were printed on a sturdy A2 boards. They will aid the visitors in understanding how each of the devices works.

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Another aim of our project was to bring back to life a second five-aspect light signal present at the exhibition. The signal was probably a part of the training room in the shed Warszawa-Odolany. Due to the missing parts and faulty circuit, the signal was more of a place holder than an actual exhibit. Therefore, we decide to conduct the general overhaul of the device. The light chamber was cleaned from the old paint and repainted. We ordered the missing background plates and assembled the device. Our aim is to keep all of the devices functional. This is why, the signal received a new electronic control circuit, which allows displaying all aspects used on Polish railways.

We also expanded our collection of the railway signs – we bought brand new indicators W1 (distant signal indicator), W5 (end of shunting zone) and W11b (approach to the distant signal of electrified line).

The activities at the signalling exhibition are supported by Tesco Poland programme “You decide, we help”.

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We concluded this year’s Open Days

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On Saturday, 24th November, we opened the gates of the Shed for the visitors, for the last time in this year. 82 guests decided to visit us, including the pupils of the Primary School № 4 in Skierniewice, who delivered their greeting on the occasion of the Railwaymen’s Day. To sum up, this year a total of 5811 guests visited the Shed.

We would like to say thank you to all who visited us this year and invite you for the next season, starting 4th May 2019.


Invitation to the 15th tourist season in engine shed

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Continuing the tradition, we would like to conclude this year by announcing the events calendar for the new year 2019.

  • We keep the monthly schedule of Open Days in the same form as in 2018. Starting from 4th May 2019 the admission to the Shed is possible between 11 AM and 3 PM with the last guided tour at 2PM.
  • We keep two lengths of the sightseeing route – guided tours at 11AM, 12 PM and 1 PM follow the shorter route, especially directed to the younger audience. The last tour at 2 PM allows the full sightseeing of the Shed.
  • The exact date of the Railway Night of Museums will be provided after coordinating it with other cultural entities in Skierniewice. The hours of the event are already set from 8 PM till midnight.
  • There will be no special open days for schools. Due to the high interest in this form of sightseeing we offer to contact us directly to schedule a special railway “lesson” – phone number 730 181 323.
  • The hours of the Open Day during the Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables will be adjusted to the actual attendance of the guests. On Saturday, the admission will start at 1 PM, after the official parade in city’s centre and on Sunday, we will start earlier, at 11 AM. On both days, the sightseeing will conclude at 5 PM.
  • Photo days will take place every third Saturday of the month. On 15th June and 19th October, we are open from 12 PM to 3 PM, on 17th August – from 6 PM to 9 PM. The registration of participants and the admission will be possible only during the first half hour of the event.
  • During the Railwaymen’s Day on 23rd November we plan only one hour of sightseeing, starting at 11 AM.

We reserve the right to alter the published schedule.


Another grant supporting activities in the Engine Shed

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On 19th November, the Foundation of Santander Bank Poland, announced the results of the IV edition of grant competition Here I Live, Here I Change. We are happy to report, that we received a support in the value of 5000 PLN for our project Volunteers helping in renovation of Skierniewice Engine Shed. This amount will be devoted for further activities aiming to improve the aesthetics of the Engine Shed, that we will continue in the spring of 2019.

We would like to invite all interested in helping us to contact us via email wolontariat@psmk.org.pl.