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Next FEDECRAIL dates have been set

The next FEDECRAIL dates are set: After the annual general meeting in Edinburgh in spring there will be a second meeting this year for the representatives of FEDECRAIL members in Luxembourg on 6 October 2018. This extraordinary general meeting offers the opportunity for an exchange with the executive committee about current developments within the federation.

2019 is an anniversary year for FEDECRAIL: The association turns 25 years old. The celebrations will be held during the Annual Conference 2019 in April in the Harz area (Germany). A series of special "Jubilee News Bulletins" will be prepared and distributed to keep members informed on the preparations for the conference and celebrations. Suitable facilities for the conference and accommodation for delegates have been identified in Wernigerode. The celebration of the 25th anniversary will take place on Tuesday morning, 16 April 2019. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, 14 April, and the conference for Monday, 15 April. Care will be taken that delegates can return home before the Easter Weekend.

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Two new faces on the FEDECRAIL Council

David Morgan gets a farewell. Photos: John Crane

At FEDECRAIL's 2018 General Assembly, held in Edinburgh (Scotland) in April, the first and long-serving President David Morgan was dismissed from the Board and two successorsnew faces were elected to the Board: Peter Ovenstone (Scotland) and Jonas Svartlok (Sweden). David Morgen had already resigned as Chairman in 2017 after 23 years at his own request. Since then Jaap Nieweg has headed the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways. With a very personal gift from the board and deep thanks, David Morgan was said goodbye as one of the founding fathers of FEDECRAIL.

Peter Ovenstone (Scotland) succeeds Sten Erson-Wester (Sweden), who was unable to stand for re-election for health reasons, as third Vice-President. Peter Ovenstone was already FEDECRAIL Officer by then. He has been involved since inception with the development of the European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways, and his principal role has been as a member of the FEDECRAIL conference organising team. His commitment to the historical heritage was and is multilayered and extensive: Current principle executive HRA roles are as Company Secretary, Chairman of the Heritage Committee and of the Scottish Committee. Within the UK, he served as Chairman of the former statutory Railway Heritage Committee [RHC] and continues to be involved in the statutory protection scheme as a member of the successor body to RHC, the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board.

For many years, he has been actively involved in the work of the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums and he currently serves as its Vice-Chairman. A more recent European involvement has been with Europa Nostra - the pan European body for all forms of the built and natural heritage: He is now a co-secretary of the Industrial & Engineering Heritage Committee of Europa Nostra.

On the right Jonas Svartlok and Peter Ovbenstone.

His formal professional qualifications are as a Scottish solicitor, albeit he retired from practice many years ago, and he also worked for a few years as a manager of an industrial heritage project in Scotland. He also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Heritage Management from the Ironbridge Institute.

Jonas Svartlok (Sweden) is Secretary of FEDECRAIL's Heritage Operations Group (HOG). He started working for the Stockholm steam engine company SÅS as a twelve-year-old railway enthusiast and participated, but after the birth of his first child - today there are six of them - he was more or less away more or less from the railway in the age of 23. In 2004, however, he returned with the foundationing of the Landeryd Railway Museum. The following year he became chairman of JHRF, the Swedish umbrella organisation, from which he resigned after ten yearsin 2015. Jonas Svartlok earns his living as a driving instructor for the Swedish railway company Swedtrac and has been a locomotive driver including authorization for steam locomotives on public lines since 2009. He also runs a small company for the sale of steam locomotive accessories and "know-how".

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Support for the Strasshof Railway Museum

In a letter to the Austrian Federal Chancellery in Vienna, FEDECRAIL has lobbied to support the Strasshof Railway Museum in Lower Austria. The museum is located in the listed hall and the historical railway installations in Strasshof. This would provide the ideal conditions for a modern Austrian railway museum of international standard in an authentic environment (including a wooden water tower, coal elevators, water cranes and turntable).

The current operator, 1st Austrian Tram and Railway Club (1.öSEK), has already created a solid basis (eight operational steam locomotives, over 150 rail vehicles). The non-profit association has not yet received any support from ÖBB or the public sector. Therefore, FEDECRAIL proposes to financially support the association in the construction of a depot hall, in order to tackle the conservation problems and to enable the storage of the valuable exhibits at Strasshof in a protected location. An important second step would be the construction of an exhibition hall in which the exhibits could be presented appropriately for a museum.

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Four new FEDECRAIL members

Four new members joined FEDECRAIL. They were introduced at the 25th annual general meeting, which took place at Edinburgh/Scotland in April 2018: "Detská Zeleznica", Kosice, in the eastern part of Slovakia; "Agrupación de los Ferrocarriles Históricos Españoles" (AFCHE), Laguna de Duero (Valladolid), Spain; the "Museum of Industry and Railway" (Silesia) in Jaworzyna Sl, Poland, and the Croatian railway museum HŽ INFRASTRUKTURA d.o.o. Hrvatski željeznički muzej in Zagreb.

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Museum Railways and the European Cultural Heritage 2018

Photo: Kees Wijnnobel

2018 has been designated European Year of Cultural Heritage. The European Commission's aim is to get more people interested in Europe's cultural heritage and to give them a sense of belonging to a common European area. The motto for the year is: "Our heritage - link between past and future". The historic railways are also called upon to place their activities under this motto in 2018. Here is an example from the Netherlands: The "Stichting Museum Buurtspoorweg" (MBS) uses a banner to draw attention to the Year of Cultural Heritage.

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Steam locomotive parade at the Hungarian Railway Museum

There are two anniversaries to celebrate in Hungary this year: MÁV Co. celebrates its 150th anniversary and MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd. its 25th birthday. The jubilee celebration of the railways will take place from 7 to 9 September 2018 at the Hungarian Railway Museum (Magyar Vasuttorteneti Park) in Budapest. The highlight of this will be a steam locomotive parade.

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Preparations for the peace train

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Compiègne armistice, which was concluded between the German Reich and the two Western powers France and Great Britain at the end of the First World War. In autumn, this event will be celebrated festively in Alsace, including a spectacular show on the Doller railway between Cernay Saint André and Sentheim west of Mulhouse. Two authentic historical trains with "soldiers" from France and Germany are going to meet at the former Burnhaupt border station. Whilst the combatting parties were negotiating on the supply of wounded people, it seemed they might return to the use of arms, but the bells rang for peace.

Council members and officers of VDMT, UNECTO and FEDECRAIL met with representatives of the local authorities in January in Thann/Alsace to confirm their participation in this project and to visit the Doller railway (photo). In addition to this "peace train", there will also be a joint congress of the French and German umbrella associations of museum and tourist railways in November.

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The Presidential Train – World's Best Public Event

“World's Best Public Event 2017” at the Bea World Festival in Porto came to Portugal, for “The Presidential”, a project developed in partnership between the “Portuguese National Railway Museum” in Entroncamento and the company Trajetorias & Melodias. The “Bea World Festival – The International Festival of Events and Live Communication” is the meeting place and networking event for the international event community.

The “Presidential Train” before was a “Royal Train” used by Monarchy since 1870 until 1910. Then, as Presidential Train it was used by the Portuguese Heads of State until 1970. The restoration project was carried out by the museum and was co-financed by European and National funding. With the designation "Presidential Tours: Tourist Tours in Historic Train", the work began in 2009. The restored train was presented to the public on a trip between Lisbon-Santa Apolónia and Entroncamento in 12th December 2013.

The restoration of this train was a bet by the National Railway Museum Foundation in creating conditions for the valorization of the National Railway Heritage as an enhancer for the cultural and economic development of the country. Now this strategic approach is globally recognized.

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12th Fedecrail Youth Exchange 2018 in Sweden

Uppsala/Sweden

FEDECRAIL together with MUMA (Museum tramway Malmköping) and ULJ (Uppsala-Länna-Railway) would like to invite you to the 12th Youth Exchange in Sweden from Friday 3rd August to Sunday 12th August. The meeting will start at ULJ railway in Uppsala. The city is located north of Stockholm. It takes just under one hour by train to travel between the cities.

Arrival point on Friday 3th August will be Uppsala central station. It is recommended to fly to the airport of Arlanda (ARN) and to take from there the train to Uppsala. The train ride takes a maximum of 20 minutes. There are also buses available from the airport, which are cheaper but take longer.

The base for the youth exchange will be Uppsala for the first four or five days. Then the camp will move to MUMA, a tramway museum situated in a small town called Malmköping, southwest of Stockholm. The meeting will end in Malmköping on Sunday 12th August. (More information about the departure will be given later.) rnThe price for participating in 2018 in Sweden is 180 euro. It is important that the youth exchange is paid in full before arrival.

1st May is the last day for registration for the camp. Send an email to youthexchange@fedecrail.org for more information or to register.

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Petition for the Trieste – Opicina railway line

The unique Trieste – Opicina railway line in Italy is on the verge of a definitive "end". Since an accident in August 2016, operations have been interrupted on the five-kilometer-long narrow-gauge line. Now Opicino's tram is in danger of not being reopened. The daily newspaper "Il Piccolo" has called for a petition to be signed in the hope that this unique example of public transport with a high tourist value can still be reopened. Here's the petition: https://www.change.org/p/salviamo-il-tram-di-opicina-la-petizione-del-piccolo

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FEDECRAIL Annual Conference 2018 in Scotland

Forth Bridge in Edinburgh. Photo: Heimo Echensperger

The next annual FEDECRAIL conference will take the participants to Scotland. The "Edinburgh 2018 Conference" will take place in the second half of April 2018. The main conference days are the 20th and 21st of the month, with the focus on Friday being on specialist lectures on current topics and the Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday morning. For the partners of the delegates there is a special program during this time.

This 25th annual FEDECRAL conference will again be combined with a varied excursion program. The first part of the route leads from Edinburgh through central Scotland, the second one into the north of the country. During the "add-on tour", which can be connected from April 25, North-East England is to be visited.

The detailed program is currently in progress. Among other things, steam trains will be operated on main lines, museum railways and transport museums will be visited as well as other attractions.

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David Morgan passes on the presidency to Jaap Nieweg

Jaap Nieweg (on the left) and David Morgan in Antwerp

In July 2017, for the first time in its 20-year history, FEDECRAIL has seen a change of president. Since the founding of the organisation in 1994, David Morgan (UK) has successfully headed up the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways. At the board meeting in Hoorn (Netherlands), Morgan, who is well respected and dedicates himself to many pro bono causes, has passed the role on to a younger holder: Jaap Nieweg (Netherlands), who was the managing director of the “Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik” before his retirement, has taken on the presidency.

Since his childhood, Jaap Nieweg has had a close connection with the railway. Having grown up around a typically Dutch regional tramway in Doetinchem, it was a disaster for 7-year old Nieweg when the tram was discontinued in 1957 and the vehicles were scrapped. Even as a 4-year old, Nieweg wanted to be a steam engine driver – an aspiration which he swiftly made a reality. Since 1976 he is the owner of a steam train driving licence.

Nieweg’s studies of History and his subsequent teacher training in the subjects of History and Social Studies took him north of Amsterdam and in the vicinity of the “Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik”. Here he started his career in the museum railway sector as a volunteer, but eventually progressed into a full-time managerial role. In 1981 he moved into a management career in the communication and tourism industry, became deputy manager of Europe’s largest maritime zoo, taught at the International Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism in The Hague, and eventually founded his own consulting firm whose clients included the Ministry for

Jaap Nieweg in Medemblik

In 1993, Jaap Nieweg returned to the “Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik” and, as its managing director, led it through difficult times back to success. One year later, he founded the Dutch umbrella organisation of museum and tourist railways “Historisch RailvervoerNederland” (HRN), and in 2000 established the “Mobile Collektion der Niederlande” (MCN), an association of all transport organisations with historic traffic which has the aim of increasing the political influence of its members.

Nieweg has been campaigning for the causes of museums and of Fedecrail for years and in a number of capacities. In addition, he is committed to create more links between mobile and immobile items of cultural heritage in order to boost their weight on a local, regional and international level.

David Morgan first had the idea of a European umbrella organisation for museum and tourist railways on the occasion of the 150-year anniversary of the “NederlandsSpoorwegen” in 1989. The so-called “Morgan Commission” prepared the founding of FEDECRAIL. Since then, the federation has continuously increased its membership and influence. Its growing importance was indicated when FEDECRAIL was recognised by the European Union Agency for Rail (ERA) and the “Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer” (UIC – International Railway Association).

David Morgan. Photos (2): John Crane

David Morgan’s immense interest in and overwhelming commitment to the preservation of mobile cultural heritage is not only apparent in his founding of FEDECRAIL and the worldwide association WATTRAIN in 2010, but also in the various board memberships he has held or still holds in the historic tourist railway as well as the historic sea transport sector. Alongside FEDECRAIL, organisations include WATTRAIN, HRA (Heritage Railway Association), Great Central Railway, West Somerset Railway, North Norfolk Railway, the Maritime Heritage Trust, Heritage Afloat, the Cutty Sark Trust and Transport Trust as well as his membership of the Europa Nostra Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee.

The origin of his involvement with the boards of railway organisations was to give legal advice – no surprise given his profession as a lawyer. While he retired from this career in 2013, he has maintained his personal commitment to cultural heritage. Until the next general assembly in the spring of 2018, David Morgan will remain a member of the FEDECRAIL board.

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FEDECRAIL support for the Augsburg Railway Park

In a letter, sent to the highest ranking government authorities of the state, the region and the city as well as to the Member of the European Parliament Markus Ferber, FEDECRAIL has advocated the preservation of the Augsburg Railway Park, in its entirety, as a unique industrial monument. Breaking up this park in favour of investors’ commercial interests, which is currently being considered, would destroy a valuable European industrial monument. In terms of content and function, both parts of the Augsburg Railway Park, “Roundhouse Europe” and “World of the Steam Engine” in the steam engine hall are inextricably linked to each other. The “Roundhouse Europe” is supported by nine European countries through valuable items on loan and teaches European transport history through historical ambassador locomotives. Especially in times of widespread Euroscepticism, it would be a fatal signal to endanger this significant European project.

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Fedecrail Youth Exchange with 17 boys and girls

The 11th Fedecrail Youth Exchange started in Turin (Italy) on July 29. Seventeen boys and girls from various European countries (Sweden, Italy, Austria, England, Romania, Ukraine and Germany) gathered in Italy to share 10 days of cultural and rail experiences organized with the support of FIFTM Italian Federation of Tourist and Museums Railways.

The first part - held in Turin – was organized by the volunteers of the Museo Ferroviario Piemontese. While staying in the region capital, the boys were able to visit Savigliano and the Railway Museum. There were days dedicated to the visit of the city of Turin with well-liked tram trips, including a trip to the historic Sassi-Superga rack tramway.

The workshop at Turin Museum's historic site was able to host working days during which the young people use their experience on the historic vehicles, working with the local volunteers.

On 2nd August, the group travelled by train to Primolano, where they were welcomed by volunteers of the Società veneta Ferrovie association. The next day they worked in the newly restored locomotive shed , starting the restoration of a freight wagon with the dismantling of wooden parts and taking a look at the carriage and steam locomotives recently overhauled.

In the next few days they went to Venice by train for a guided tour of the city and travelled to the narrow-gauge railway Trento-Marilleva and visited the shed.

On the final evening of Saturday 5th August, Fedecrail's vice president Heimo Echesperger handed out attendance certificates to all the participants bringing to an end a delightful experience that left the volunteers of the involved organizations with fond memories.

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Search for light steel wheels for hand trolleys

FEDECRAIL member from Gulbene, Latvia, needs some assistance from colleagues: They are going to produce one interesting railway stuff – a wooden hand trolley from the end of the 19th century – beginning 20th century. Unfortunately there were no drawings available any more, but the members of Gulbenes-Aluksnes banitis prepared some drawings out of historic picture. Problem is that they need a steel wheels for it, in diameter 10 – 12 inches. One way is to order them in steel workshop, but they are afraid it would be too expensive. Another way to solve the problem is to buy such already produced. Who knows such steel wheels producer in EU or UK, which is producing pressed light steel wheels for hand trolleys in diameter 10 – 12 inches contact aldis@banitis.lv .

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The first Italian law on Touristic Railways

The first italian law on Touristic Railways was approved by Senato della Repubblica commission on 2nd August. The First approval from the Camera dei Deputati was given last January. After more than two Years of hard work (meeting with the Transport Commission in Rome) and Parliament lobbying, FIFTM (Federazione Italiana Ferrovie Turistiche e Museali) was able to apply some useful changes to the first text.

This is the result of the increasing interest in Italy for Touristic railways because the transport associations and politicians have realized the potential value of closed and abandoned railways for local territories. The law includes articles about the registration of touristic and heritage vehicles both for main lines and touristic line uses and the Ministry of Infrastructure can collaborate with FIFTM and Fondazione FS Italiane for classifying and drafting registers of engines and rolling stock.

Main line operations are considered strategic for touristic system and the law considers that the infrastructure manager must allow and support main line operations. The use of “velorail” is included and will be submit to special rules. About this point a commission of the Italian Board for Unification UNI approved an internal rule for “velorail” certification and FIFTM worked inside this group. The next step is the drafting of the working decrees to apply the law in all its aspects.

FIFTM is mentioned clearly in the legal text and this means that it is officially recognized by the Italian Republic with a position very close to the Government Ministry, Agencies and Offices. The approval of the law is very important goal for FIFTM because it establishes the high level of input, thanks to the collaboration with several FEDECRAIL members that have given help and advice by supplying their rules and laws as examples.

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Günther Steinhauer VDMT leaves a great gap behind

Günther Steinhuaer, May 2017. Photo: John Crane

The chairman of VDMT (Association of German Museum and Tourist Railways), Günther Steinhauer, has died on 21 July 2017 at the age of only 64, following a short illness. With his passing, the German museum railway community loses one of its most significant members. His expertise in technical and operational matters across all gauges was remarkable and highly esteemed in railway circles. Having previously been deputy chairman since 1999, Mr Steinhauer served as chairman of the VDMT since 2012. The basis of his dedication was his love for museum railways, which was his calling and, in the case of his Selfkantbahn near Aachen, his career and life’s work. Günther Steinhauer leaves a void which will indeed be very difficult to fill. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Richard Tapper passed away

The sad news reached us that Richard Tapper had died suddenly at home. Richard has been a life long promoter of Europe wide cooperation between heritage railways. I met him first in September 1985, and active as he was, in 1986 he came over to see my steam railway. In the following years we worked on the first international conference at Utrecht (NL) in 1989, and at Hameln (D) in 1991, where he attended.

Subsequently he became the Minutes Secretary of the Morgan Commission, which prepared the constitution of FEDECRAIL. As a true guest to practically every FEDECRAIL Conference he was well known for his sales of books about railways in former Communist countries, which he carried in large and heavy suitcases - of course carried by rail. The profit went to New Europe Railway Heritage Trust (NERHT). No one should be surprised that he became Board member of NERHT, where I met him last in May. We lost a real friend.

Livius J. Kooy, NERHT Secretary and retired Fedecrail Secretary


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