International Conferences of FEDECRAIL

Each year FEDECRAIL organises an international conference on subjects important to heritage railways and railway museums and to foster mutual contacts and cooperation between its members. These conferences are targeted mainly at persons playing an active role in museum and tourist railways, railway museums, locomotive and rolling stock groups, national federations and other railway heritage bodies. Others with broader interests in railway heritage are also welcome to attend.

FEDECRAIL Special Jubilee Conference 2019  -  25 Years of FEDECRAIL, 12th to 17th April, Wernigerode, Germany

2019 will be a very special year for Fedecrail marking the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Federation on 16th April 1994 in Belgium.  Each year since 1994 Fedecrail has organised a combined conference and visit programme to member railways, tramways and museums in a different country annually in collaboration with one of our national “umbrella organisation” members.

Our Jubilee Conference 2019 will be held in collaboration with VDMT Verband Deutscher Museums und Touristikbahnen at Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains of Germany. This is the home of perhaps the last daily normal service steam train operation in Europe, HSB Harzer Schmalspur Bahnen who will be our local hosts.

Our programme will feature a Business Conference (Mon 15.04) with a wide range of speakers and other elements; General Assembly (Sun 14.04); sessions of our specialist Working Groups (Fri 12.04) and of course useful study visits (Sat 12.04 - Wed 17.04) to see how heritage railways, tramways, museums are flourishing in this part of Germany. Our “Jubilee Day” Tue 16.04 will be marked by a special HSB steam train to see the dawn rise on the summit of the Brocken Mountain.

This year we will be offering a wide range of ‘Flexi Options’ for participation, ranging from just a single day to the full programme - aiming to match participation to both budgets and diary pressures of potential delegates.  A special invitation is extended to younger active members of rail and tram heritage organisations for whom a number of places will be available at special discount prices.

A series of special Jubilee Newsletters will be published over the five months leading up to the conference date giving latest news on the conference business, visits programme, booking arrangements and other useful information.  Each Jubilee Newsletter will be placed on this section of the website and information will also be available from the conference team at:

We are hoping that colleagues actively involved in railway and tramway heritage throughout Europe (and beyond!) will join us for this major celebration event.

25th Anniversary Special Edition

We are hoping that colleagues actively involved in railway and tramway heritage throughout Europe (and beyond!) will join us for this major celebration event.

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Previous Conferences

FEDECRAIL's previous conferences are listed below. Conference papers from the latest conference will not be loaded to this site. They are only made available to conference delegates, or for purchase from the Newsletter Editor. Papaers from old conferences will be loaded to this site when available in electronic form.

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updated 12.04.2019