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Last call for youth exchange

Last call for participants of the Fedecrail Youth Exchange 2017 in Italy. The deadline for applications has been moved to Friday 26 May. The 11th FEDECRAIL Youth Exchange takes place from 28 July to 6 August at two locations in Northern Italy. There are still some free places for young people between 16 and 24 years. Contact youthexchange@fedecrailyouth.eu.

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Memorandum of Understanding

Photo: Vanessa Pérez

As part of the TopRail activities (Tourism Opportunities for Railways) of UIC (Union Internationale des chemins de fer) David Morgan, President of FEDECRAIL and WATTRAIN (World Alliance of Tourist Trams and Trains) and Jean-Pierre Labinoux, General Director of UIC, have signed a memorandum of understanding at the end of April in Paris (Photo). The common objective is to make train tourism opportunities more visible, to convey its potentials to the public and to increase the share that trains are holding on the tourism market.

At the annual general meeting 2017 in Belgium, Ignacio Barrón de Angioti, Director of the departments Passengers and High Speed, and Vanessa Pérez, Manager of TopRail, presented the train organisation UIC with its world-wide activities and their TopRail project. As one of its main objectives the union of train companies which was founded in 1922 is looking to improve the conditions for constructing and operating trains on an international scale by standardisation.

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Project “Study & Work International”

The Project “Study & Work International” is interesting for trains and museums that would like to take students for work placements or as volunteers. The Website www.study-work-international.de is run by the public and ecclesiastic universities in Bavaria. The project supports students of all subjects (engineering, languages, economics...) with their search for practical experience outside Germany.

All German organisations can post their work placement offers on Hochschuljobbörse (http://www.hochschuljobbörse) which is for placements in Germany.

Organisations from all other countries can send their placement description to susanne.stoever@hochschule-dual.de (coordinator Study & Work International). Your offer will then appear on the website for placements outside Germany. The students are supposed to apply the theory of their bachelor’s or master’s studies and get practical experience. They are looking for compulsory internships (four months or longer), additional work experience (up to one year) or bachelor’s or master’s thesis in cooperation with you. The payment of a salary is not expected. The students receive Erasmus bursaries.

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Heritage railway pioneer David Woodhouse dies at 84

David Woodhouse died at 84 in Aberystwyth after a short illness. He was the first Chairman of the Fedecrail Operating & Safety Working Group, the forerunner of today’s HOG (Heritage Operations Group) and played leading roles in the development of heritage railways in Britain. His railway life began in 1951, as a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway; the first railway in the world to be re-opened by volunteers. He joined the railway’s management team in 1966, where he remained for 26 years. He was among other things a founder member of the HRA and a member of several railway and tourism groups and organisations. He helped forge links between the heritage railway sector and tourism. David Morgan: “David Woodhouse had a lifelong passion for railways, particularly those operated by steam. It was our good fortune that he developed this by dedicating his career and free time to the service of heritage railways in the UK and Europe. He will be sadly missed.”

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Two Swedish locomotives for sale

Two Swedish standard gauge locomotives are for sale: SJ E4 1827, former BJ N3 66, built in Motala, works number 495/1914 and SJ G9 1842, former GDJ N3 58, built in Trollhättan NOHAB, works number 996/1912. Both are in unrestored but reasonable condition. For more details contact svartlok@fedecrail.org

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Urgent: Booking for the FEDECRAIL Conference 2017 in Belgium

The deadline for registration for the FEDECRAIL Annual Conference 2017 in Belgium is Friday, March 17th, less than two weeks away, so please make your applications urgently. The Business Sessions subjects will include presentations by major European bodies with whom Fedecrail works, such as the European Union Agency for Railways and also on coal and environmental issues, focussing on practical methods of reducing emissions. The General Assembly is followed by a varied programme of visits in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. All members of FEDECRAIL or associated organisations are welcome to participate. Enquiries and bookings via E-Mail conference@fedecrail.org .

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FEDECRAIL Youth Exchange 2017 in northern Italy

The 11. FEDECRAIL Youth Exchange will take place in northern Italy at two different locations starting on the 28th July 2017 to Sunday 6th August 2017. Hosts are member-organisations of FIFTM, the Italian umbrella organisation for heritage and tourist railways: Società Veneta Ferrovie in Primolano and Museo Ferroviario Piemotese in Savigliano. Participants can expect a varied programme consisting of several railway related visits and also some work experiences at the host heritage railway associations. Also getting in touch with the cultural characteristics of this part of Italy as well as having an international exchange between the participants will be part of the planned programme.

Invited are volunteers on a heritage railway between 15 and 24 years old. Contact and registration – the latest by the end of February 2017 – youthexchange@fedecrailyouth.eu . Further details will be soon available online at: www.fedecrailyouth.eu

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Details and Booking Forms for “Belgium 2017” Conference

Railway station Antwerp. Photo: Ingrid Schütte

The FEDECRAIL “Belgium 2017” conference (from 4 May – 9 May) will be based in the Diamond City of Antwerp, located north of Brussels in the region of Flanders and close to the Dutch border. There are excellent public transport services and extra days before or after the conference for further private exploration are recommended. At the end of the main conference programme, we offer our traditional add-on tour to both Germany and the Netherlands.

Details and booking forms are available.

Enquiries should be addressed to: conference@fedecrail.org . Details as soon as possible see “Conference”.

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Livius Kooy to organise FEDECRAIL Archives

Following his decision not to put himself forward as Secretary again after 20 years and now that his role has been taken on by Kees Wijnnobel, Council has asked Livius Kooy to take on the organisation of Fedecrail’s archives. He is in touch with Dr Christian Hanus of Danube University in Krems, Austria, who can give him valuable recommendations on how to digitalise the available documents.

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“Belgium 2017” Conference: Altered Base Venue

A quick news update on developing plans for the 2017 Fedecrail Conference and General Assembly. As with the 2016 conference (and also some previous years) we have encountered difficulties in securing suitable hotel accommodation at the right ‘star level’, locations and - above all - prices which we know from experience members and delegates expect.

As our result, it is now planned that our main base for the conference will be Antwerp instead of Bruges. We appreciate that the beautiful city of Bruges is a very popular location and it will still feature in the programme with a full day Partners Programme visit. It is likely that we will also have a ‘Bruges Area Day’ to relevant locations of rail and tramway heritage in and around the city.

Key point is that dates and business programme remain unchanged: Thurs 4.5 - Sat 6.5 for the business activities, Working Groups and opening reception (Thu 4.5), main Business Sessions (Fri 5.5) and General Assembly (Sat 6.5 morning) with the customary visits programme for period: Sat 6.5 - Wed 10.5

It is envisaged that more comprehensive details and booking forms should be available early/mid December.

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21 young people at Youth Camp 2016 in Germany

Photo: Bernd Furch

For the second time in Germany, the 10th international youth exchange took place at the end of July/ beginning of August 2016 in cooperation with Verband deutscher Museums- und Touristikbahnen e. V. (VDMT - Association of German Museum and Tourism trains). The young enthusiasts for museum trains had already met there in 2009. This time the hosts were the Deutsche Dampflokomotiv Museum (DDM - German Museum of Steam Locomotives) in Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg and the Dampfbahn Fränkische Schweiz e. V. (DFS - Steam Train Fränkische Schweiz) in Ebermannstadt. 21 youngsters from England, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Rumania, Austria and Germany - amongst them three girls - and five supervisors arrived on Friday afternoon 29 July at DDM. From there they went to the youth conference house Wirsberg.

For the ten days of the youth exchange, the organisers had prepared a colourful programme varying between work and visits without forgetting to include sufficient time to get to know each other and to reunite with old friends from previous youth camps. The programme started with construction work on carriages in the steam loco museum. They took off the rotten wood boards of the side walls on a former ambulance carriage for the transfer of wounded soldiers during World War I (gauge 750mm). The work progressed so quickly, that they could derust the first metal struts already on day one. On the following days they continued derusting and painting before finally mounting the new wooden boards.

In the meantime, the programme included a visit at the steam loco Fränkische Schweiz in Ebermannstadt, at the DB Museum and the tram depot St. Peter in Nuremberg as well as the scanning of sketches of carriages at the district administration in Kulmbach, in order to demonstrate the young people, that these tasks are also important for the conversation of historic railways. The youngsters from Ukraine were delighted to find a passenger carriage at DFS labeled KIEV. With equal joy, the co-organiser of the camp, Marco Meusburger was welcomed on the second weekend.

A hiking tour on the Schiefe Ebene, an extensive guided tour around the DDM with a look behind the scenes and the fare well evening with Heimo Echensperger thanking the participants for there enormous contribution completed the 10th Camp.

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Louis Poix "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur"

The award ceremony of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur insignias to Louis POIX, Unecto President, took place in Les Hôpitaux Vieux, the village of which Louis Poix is Mayor. The ceremony happened on 9th July, and the insignas were presented by Claude Jeannerot, French Ambassador to the International Labour Office in Geneva, a former Senator, and a former President of General Council of the Doubs region.

In front of an assistance of some 300 people, a number of speeches have underlined the work done by Louis Poix in the areas of volunteering and service to the population. Claude Steinmetz, the Unecto Vice President (and also the Veolia Transdev Rail Dept Director, and the Président of the Association Française du Rail ) highlighted the work of "Loulou" in support of tourist and heritage railways. - Five members of the Unecto Council attended the ceremony.

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FEDECRAIL “Belgium 2017” Conference

Preliminary notice that the 2017 Conference and General Assembly will be held on Friday 5.05 – Saturday 6.05, preceded on Thursday 4.05 meetings of our Working Groups and and Opening Reception in the evening. Our base will be the historic city of Bruges/Brugge in Belgium. A post-conference tour programme Saturday 6.05 - Wednesday 10.05 will include visits to a range of heritage railways, tramways and museums in Belgium, including the new SNCB/NMBS Train World Museum in Brussels. More detailed information of business themes and visit programme will be available in early/mid autumn.

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Bids for Europa Nostra Award 2017

Europa Nostra Awards have been offered every year since 2002. What is available is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of European cultural heritage. The deadline for applications for 2017 is 1st October this year. Up to 30 honorary awards are conferred for projects or initiatives and up to seven prizes are given out of €10,000 each. Heritage railways are eligible.(www.europanostra.org)

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Conference and Study Programme at Lake Constance

Bregenzerwaldbahn

In April 2016, Fedecrail in cooperation with the Verband Deutscher Museums- und Touristikbahnen (VDMT - Association of German Museum and Tourism Railways) held is annual conference in three countries around Lake Constance; Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The host was the Austrian umbrella organisation of museum and tourism trains (OEMT). Thanks to its informative business programme, the general assembly and the study programme that followed, the always popular event attracted some 130 delegates. They were first based in Dornbirn, Austria, and moved at the end of the main conference programme to Lausanne.

Blonay - Chamby

After a special programme of visits throughout the region for the partners at the beginning, the excursions took the delegates first to the nearby Bregenzerwaldbahn, then to the Rheinregulierung and its train in Lustenau for a cruise on the paddle steamer „Hohentwiel“ on Lake Constance. In Germany, the VDMT members „Bahnpark“ Augsburg and the „Öchsle-Schmalspurbahn“ (Öchsle narrow gauge train) in Warthausen were on the programme, before the delegates made a side trip to Switzerland to visit amongst others the new Fedecrail member „SBB historic“.

Seven well-known speakers contributed to the business programme at the Kulturhaus in Dornbirn with current topics including strategic planning for railways museums and the optimisation of their income as well as the interoperability of trains across Europe, the training in the skills needed to look after a steam loco or an update on the growing problems concerning coal usage. Furthermore „Rail Events“ from the US reported on their activities in Europe and the association Kaltenleutgebener Train (Austria) presented its successful work for railways tourism.

Conference. Photos: John Crane

Speakers were Chris Walton (Heritage Business Consultant, Chichester Brand Services), Fabian Köhazy (President of the Kaltenleutgebener train), Hugh Harkett (Managing Director, North Norfolk Railway, board member HRA), Chris Le Marshall (Vice president Wattrain), Ralph Müller (DB Netz AG), David Madden (Wattrain Chief Executive Officer, HRA Business Committee) and Jeff Johnson (Rail Events Development Manager).

Next year’s conference is planned for Spring 2017 in Bruge, Belgium.

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Tax Allowances for Cultural Heritage sought

In a letter to the European Historic Houses Association Fedecrail, as representative of 650 museum railways as well as rail museums from 27 countries across Europe, confirms the action of the association and also Europa Nostra in a request to the European Commission to encourage member states to introduce a zero or reduced Value Added Tax rate for investments in the conservation of cultural heritage. The European Historic Houses Association Foundation has declared as its main aim reaching favourable measures for the maintenance of cultural heritage in terms of inheritance tax as well as a low rate of Value Added Tax alongside stopping illegal trade in cultural property.

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Crowdfunding Project Renault railcar ABH X 201 in France

Crowdfunding Project of FACS (Fédération des amis des chemins de fer sécondaires) for the transport of a Renault railcar ABH X 201 from Corsica to France, where it should be restored by MTVS association(Musée des tramways à vapeur et des chemins de fer secondaires français).

Informations about railcar: http://www.trains-fr.org/actualites/souscription-abh-x201

Crowdfunding: http://www.trains-fr.org/content/souscription-abh-x201

Several members (and members of members) have advised FEDECRAIL of crowdfunding campaigns to fund their projects, asking us to share information about it through our media. We are happy to do so but advise readers that they should carry out the appropriate checks to ensure the bona fides of any claims made and the practicability of any aspirations declared. This is not because we have any doubts about the veracity of such appeals but we are, of course, unable to vouch for any one appeal, of which we have little knowledge or information.

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BESTT also training outside Great Britan

BESTT, the Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust, is extending its already available training offer in key qualifications for boiler maintenance outside Great Britain. Old skills must be kept up if steam operation is to have a future. Now BESTT, which started out with a full-time training course, is offering alongside short seminars in Great Britain the same elsewhere if there is sufficient interest. Instruction will be in English. The training offer can be altered to fit particular demand. (www.bestt.org.uk)

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Europa Nostra meets Jean-Claude Juncker

Placido Domingo as President of Europa Nostra, the association of non governmental heritage organisations based in The Hague, has congratulated President Jean-Claude Juncker for the declaration by the European Commission that it will take on the organisation of 2018 as European Year of Cultural Heritage. At the same time he assured the Commission President at the meeting held in May that Europa Nostra, to which Fedecrail also belongs, stands ready to make its contribution to successfully implementing this initiative. In the written presentation it is clear that such a year of cultural heritage would have the potential to develop the urgently needed energy and cohesion between local authorities and citizens throughout Europe. This assessment should be shared among the 36 networks including Fedecrail which are members of European Heritage Alliance 3.3.

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Crowdfunding in Entroncamento

The Portugese National Railway Museum in Entroncamento has celebrated its first anniversary and started its first crowd-funding campaign. This is how it intends to meet the €5000 costs of transporting a diesel shunting locomotive, which is significant in terms of railway history, from Guifões in the north of the country to the museum in central Portugal. If the campaign, which runs until 24 June 2016, succeeds, the engine will be exhibited once it has been refurbished. It is the first project of this kind at Entroncamento.

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New Secretary for FEDECRAIL

Council members and officers 2016

At his own wish and after 22 years, Livius Kooy has given up office as secretary of Fedecrail by not putting himself up for re-election. Kees Wijnnobel from the Netherlands was elected as Kooy’s successor at the Annual General Meeting in April 2016 which took place in Dornbirn in Austria. FEDECRAIL President David Morgan said goodbye to Livius Kooy (Netherlands) with warm words of thanks for his continued activity for the European association for over two decades. His tireless involvement began in 1989 at the first international conference of

museum and tourist railways held in the Netherlands and continued with the next conference in Hameln (Germany), which eventually led to the formation of the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL). Livius Kooy will support his successor in his new task as required over the next year. As well as this change, both Jacques Daffis (France) and Jozef van der Perre (Belgium) were re-elected for a further three year period.


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