Skierniewice Saturday open day

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See the hidden treasures in the Skierniewice roundhouse
(more Skierniewice photos by Kacper Moscicki here)

Poland’s oldest railway society, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Milosnikow Kolejowych, is holding an open day at its Skierniewice Roundhouse tommorrow (7 June). PSMK have gathered an amazing collection of historic rolling stock at the Roundhouse. As well as some 70 units of rolling stock, PSMK have a large collection of smaller items and documents. The latter are not on display to the public at the moment. Some of the most valuable exhibits include:

  • Restored 1913 Wittfeld accumulator railcar – only survivor;
  • The only example in Poland (one of only five European survivors) of a 1910 Wagon Lits restaurant coach built from teak, identical to the vehicle in which the WW I truce was signed in 1918;
  • One of two survivors in Poland of a 1907 wooden Prussian 4-axle express passenger coach;
  • One of the two Polish survivors of a 1906 Prussian 4-axle compartment coach with side doors (typical of passenger trains on Warsaw – Lodz line until the end of 60s);
  • Sole surviving coach from the pre WW II government train;
  • First government train coach built in Poland after WW II;
  • The only surviving passenger coach from the first electric railway on present-day Polish territory (Wabrzezno – Wabrzezno Miasto railway) built in1898;
  • The oldest Polish diesel railbus built in 1938.

So if you live near Warsaw, get the kids up early on Saturday morning and head off down to Skierniewice. Get the wife to drop you to at one of Warsaw’s main railway stations, Wschodnia, Centralna or Zachodnia. She gets to keep the car all day and the kids will love the journey by train!

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