The new Minkiö workshop completed in 2002 was one of the larges and most important projects in the history of the Jokioinen Museum Railway. The workshop made it possible to maintain and restore rolling stock all year around. This is very important as in summer most of the effort is placed in operation of the railway and in maintenance of the track and buildings.
The workshop includes also good kitchen, accommodation and washing facilities for the volunteer workforce of the Museum Railway Association.
The center of all the volunteer work of at Jokioinen Museum Railway is the new Minkiö work shop building which was taken into use in spring 2002. The building built for year-round use is heated in winter time and in addition of a work shop has modern accommodation space social rooms consisting of changing rooms, toilets, sauna, showers and hand washing facilities for the use of the volunteers working at Jokioinen Museum Railway.
Photod of the Minkiö shop
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Kitchen and washing rooms
On the ground floor the building there is a kitchen with two large fridges and freezer, two micro wave ovens, a stove, a oven, a dish washing machine, a coffee machine, a water boiler and a toaster with a large collection of dishes, pots, pans and cutlery.
There are also two toilets on the ground floor, an electric sauna, showers and dressing room, a place to wash dirty boots and a washing machine.
With the kitchen there is also a lounge with a couch, a TV and a DVD player.
On the first floor there are five rooms for accommodation. Four of the rooms has four beds and one room has two beds.There is also one toilet on the first floor. One of the rooms has a small office built in it.
Four of the rooms are reserved for regular volunteers and one four bed room is reserved for a guest room, which can be used to accommodate families, etc. All 18 beds have mattresses (80 x 200 cm) and pillows. Visitors are required to bring their own bed linen.
In summer time the old VR sleepers are used as extra accommodation space. The sleepers have total of 20 cabins with 2-6 beds in each cabin, electricity and mattresses.
The workshop building and Minkiö station both have a wireless LAN connection to internet. The connection is password protected and volunteers can get a password to use the connection while staying in Minkiö. The office on the first floor of the work shop building has also a computer and a color printer which can be used by the volunteers.
The Minkiö shop building is meant to be used by all the volunteers. Also everyone using the building is required to take part in cleaning and keeping the places in order.
The most important rule is that in the clean side including the kitchen and the accommodation space one is not allowed to use outdoor shoes, dirty working clothes or overalls. All the rooms in common use have to be vacuum cleaned after work sessions (usually a weekend). Also the kitchen will be washed together with all dishes and a stove. Volunteers staying at Minkiö are all responsible in taking part in this cleaning.
The building is protected by an automatic alarm system including burglary and fire alarm. The alarm is active always when the building is empty. In that case you need a deactivation code of the alarm to enter the building.