Axiliad III or volunteers versus bushes


The plan for another volunteers camp, which took place on 22nd and 23rd September, was straightforward: to cut down as much as possible of the overgrowth in the old coal storage. We made a good use of all available in the Shed saws, shears and chainsaws. For 2 days 20 volunteers removed most of the unwanted plants. It was also possible thanks to the experience of some of the participants – our colleagues from Żuławska Commuters Railway from Nowy Dwór Gdański and Upper Silesia Narrow-gauge Railway from Bytom.

We intend to continue the work on the next camp, which will take place on 6th and 7th October.

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The volunteers camp is supported by the National Heritage Board – Together for Heritage.

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41st Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables


On 15th and 16th September we organized a special Open Day for the guests of the 41st Festival of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables in Skierniewice. We used this opportunity to celebrate the 26th European Days of Heritage as well.

The guided tours were led by the guides dressed in the historical railway uniforms. 1102 tourists that decided to visit us on that day had the opportunity to see the most of our collection stored in the main roundhouse.

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Except that, there were additional attractions:

  • the exhibition “Piękna Helena” of Mirosław Mizera’s photographs,
  • steam engines maintenance equipment,
  • interactive exhibition of railway signaling and safety devices,
  • the stand of PKP Cargo S.A. with wide variety of activities for children.

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Łódź Commuters Railway (ŁKA) prepared for those days a special offer – passengers traveling to Skierniewice with ŁKA train could get back to their departure point for free after receiving a special stamp on their one-way ticket.

In total, during all open days in September, the Engine Shed was visited by 1426 guests. Thank you!

Collection for the transport of a new exhibit


With each new vehicle in our collection we tend to say that this is the last one. However, how can you decline taking care of new exhibit when someone gives it for free and even offers to renovate it?

So is the story of class SR71-04 maintenance of way vehicle owned by PKP Energetyka S.A. It is a unique machine, probably one of the oldest of its class and the only one going to museum. We signed the agreement to take over the vehicle and currently it is being repainted by its owner. The only (and as much) expense on our side is to transport the vehicle to Skierniewice when it will be ready on 6th October. Unfortunately, our budget was fully devoted for the building repairs, so once again we address You, fans and supporters of PARE, to help us collect the money for this cause – 8000 PLN.

We decided to launch another crowd-funding campaign through the portal You can participate in funding under the below link in exchange for small gifts.

The collected amount will cover the heavy-haulage transport by road (the vehicle cannot travel on its own on tracks) from Dąbrowa Górnicza Strzemieszyce to Skierniewice. Additionally, small amount will cover the operational fees of the crowd-funding and distribution of gifts. Members and Volunteers of PARE will be responsible for preparation of the transport, loading and unloading carrying out those activities for free.

Thank you for supporting us.

Anniversary performance of “Banana Perwers”


The theatre group “Banana Perwers” from Skierniewice celebrates this year the 10th anniversary of its founding. The anniversary performance took place on 5th September in the Engine Shed. After all this was the venue of the most successful performances by this group. This event also gathered a large audience of 113 fans of the “Bananas”. First the official part took place, where the group was congratulated by the president of the city Skierniewice, Mr Krzysztof Jażdżyk and representatives of PARE: Judyta Kurowska-Ciechańska and Józef Kaźmierczak.

During the second part of the event, the group presented the classic piece from their repertoire: “The Cave of Salamanca” by Miguel de Cervantes. Beside the founder of the group, Dominika Dawidowicz starred Marta Krysińska, Beata Konarzewska, Julia Cybulska, Alicja Bednarska, Gabryś Woźniak and Tomek Kowalczyk. In a separate part, Tomasz Staroń and Maciej Białek perfomed pieces by Kabaret Dudek, Wojciech Młynarskiego and Sławomir Mrożek. Music was performed by Mikołaj Mizerski. The performance become also the opportunity to support the animal shelter in Skierniewice – members of audience could bring the food for animals for the cause.

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The event was co-organized by the group “Banana Perwers” and the club “Oaza” from Skierniewice.