News from FEDECRAIL

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Europa Nostra Awards 2022 – Call for entries

Award Winner Central Station Antwerpen

The new “Europa Nostra Awards 2022” are here. The European Heritage Award, supported by the European Commission's Creative Europe Programme and managed by Europa Nostra, has been restructured with new categories and criteria.The scheme has its own website. The most relevant category for the historic railway sector is likely to be "Conservation & Adaptive Reuse". The awards include five "Grand Prix", each worth €10 000. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 1 February 2022.

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Consultative web-meeting for Members

The more member oriented way of working led the Board of FEDECRAIL invite all voting members to participate in a consultative web-meeting for Members, which will be held on Saturday the 18th of December 2021. Physical meetings are forbidden during the Corona pandemic. Our heritage railway world, being part of the changing world around us, is in urgent need to formulate policies for different situations, like the environmental and climate situation in relation to the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal just to name one. Of ourse the 4th railway package and ECTS/ERMTS and other changes ask for a strong, united and active European behavior for the whole heritage rail sector.

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Railway and Tourism: A Cultural Perspective

„Railway and Tourism: A Cultural Perspective“ – this is the motto of a UIC video conference on 26 october 2021 afternoon. The key issue that will be addressed during this workshop is the landscape as a tourist resource, which is especially relevant for the development of entrepreneurial actions in the railway system and the improvement of the traveler experience. FEDECRAIL president Jaap Nieweg is a speaker with „Sustainable tourism by the use of (heritage) rail, based on the Historic triangle product of the Museumsteamtram Hoorn – Medemblik (SHM)“.

Registration is free.

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Music and Trains Bring People Together

"Music and trains bring people together" is a TopRail initiative within the framework of the European Year of Railways 2021. On occasion of the worldwide International Day of Tourism on 27 September, a good three-minute video clip was released in which rail tourism and music have been combined in an attractive way. Beethoven's Ode to Joy is played by artists from all over the world, against the backdrop of historic locomotives in Lisbon, travelling through Spain and at Lake Balaton in Hungary, as well as on the brandnew luxury train Shiki-Shima in Japan - inspiring for rail tourism.

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European Heritage Awards 2021 / Europa Nostra Awards

Vice-President Pierluigi Scoizzato represented the European umbrella organisation of museum and tourist railways on the fourth day of the European Heritage Summit 2021 in Venice from 21 to 24 September as one of around 220 participants. During the conference, the "European Heritage Awards 2021 / Europa Nostra Awards", among others, were presented. The four Grand Prix winners, selected from this year's 24 winning entries from 18 European countries, are: the wooden church of Urși village, Vâlcea County (Romania) made of traditional materials and techniques; the innovative research project FIBRANET - FIBRes in ANcient European Textiles (Denmark / Greece), the Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage (Cyprus) and the exemplary exhibition "The Invention of a Guilty Party", Trento Italy).

The Summit was organised by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Union and in collaboration with a number of European and Italian partners. It was held under the auspices of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

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FEDECRAIL's membership rises to 50

Scottish Railway Preservation Society

FEDECRAIL's membership has increased to 50 umbrella organisations and individual members. At the last General Assembly in spring, seven new candidates were admitted as individual members, namely from

Mallorca/Spain the "Ferrocarril de Sóller, S.A.",

from Belarus the "Belarus Narrow Gauge Railway Foundation" and

from the United Kingdom the "Seaton Tramway", "Scottish Railway Preservation Society", the "UK Tram", the" Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway" and "Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Co. Ltd".

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Web meetings with Fedecrail members

In order to make FEDECRAIL more member-oriented, the European federation has started to hold web meetings with the national federations to discuss important issues. At these virtual meetings, representatives of FEDECRAIL members are invited to raise those issues that are of particular importance to their organisation. So far the following topics have been discussed:

• The introduction of ERMTS for locomotives operating on main lines.

• The application of EU directives at national level.

• The impact of the Green Deal on the operation of heritage trains and trams.

• The introduction and use of contemporary communication methods.

• The difficulties in obtaining consent to operate heritage trains on disused railway lines.

• The legislation relating to the design, construction and testing of boilers for railway operation.

The series of exchanges and sharing of ideas will continue. In addition, a platform could be developed where members can exchange ideas among themselves on topics of mutual interest and concern without having to involve members of the Board.

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Changes in the Board of FEDECRAIL

There have been some changes in the Board of FEDECRAIL with the election at the General Assembly Part 2 in June 2021 in Diegem, Belgium: Gottfried Aldrian , Mimmi Mickelsen and Frédéric Riehl are new members of the Board. Jaap Nieweg was re-elected as President. Vice-President and Treasurer Heimo Echensperger (Germany), who was no longer available after 12 years in accordance with the statutes, as well as Vice-President Peter Ovenstone (Great Britain) and Executive Board member Jonas Svartlok, Sweden, stepped down. The President thanked the retiring members for their years of commitment, hoping that they would continue to support the work of FEDECRAIL. A special word of appreciation went to Heimo Echensperger, who had been a member of the Morgan Commission since 1989, which launched the European umbrella organisation, and subsequently a Fedecrail Board member since 1994.

The Executive Committee is composed as follows: President Jaap Nieweg (Netherlands), Vice-Presidents Pierluigi Scoizzato (Italy), Mimmi Mickelsen (Sweden) and Bruno Fleury (France), Treasurer Frederic Riehl (Switzerland), Secretary Kees Wijnnobel (Netherlands) and Board Members Gottfried Aldrian (Austria) and Jozef van der Perre (Belgium).

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Online broadcast: linking tourism and rail

Opportunities for the sustainable development of rail tourism this decade and the much needed recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic were the focus of an online discussion with rail experts, conducted by UIC TopRail (World Rail Tourism) and ETOA (European Tourism Association). FEDECRAIL is a partner of UIC TopRail. Against the backdrop of the climate emergency, the creation and distribution of new leisure rail travel products were discussed using best practice examples from international and intra-European case studies, to be seen here.

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New funding programme of Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE

The new seven-year funding programme of Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE for 2021-27 is almost completed. Interreg, or as it is officially called, "European territorial cooperation", is part of the European Union's structural and investment policy. For more than 20 years, it has supported cross-border cooperation in Central Europe between regions and cities to build capacity for regional development in the areas of innovation, carbon reduction, protection of natural and cultural resources, and transport and mobility. FEDECRAIL has participated in previous Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects.

The funding programme is not centrally managed by the European Commission. Rather, representatives of the national and regional authorities of the participating Member States sit down together on the ground in each border area, in each transnational cooperation area, and jointly define the development priorities of the respective programme, with the participation of municipalities, economic and social partners and non-governmental organisations such as FEDECRAIL. The implementation then takes place in concrete projects. The call for the first submission of new project proposals is expected to start in the second half of 2021.

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Great interest in the first FEDECRAIL youth webinar

The interest in the first FEDECRAIL youth webinar was so good that it could become a monthly feature in the future. 17 young people from the UK, Germany, Romania and Sweden met virtually with three organisers from various European umbrella organisations plus two representatives from NERHT (New Europe Railway Heritage Trust) and agreed to meet again to discuss any pressing issues.

Many of the young people have already participated in a FEDECRAIL youth exchange and they do not want to miss out on this important experience for them in the future. The NERHT Foundation wants to continue to support the participation of young people from Eastern Europe in youth exchanges in order to promote the growth of railway preservation in former communist countries.

Information on the use of social media, especially among young people who regularly post news, photos and videos, as well as an insight into the needs of young people becoming more involved and contributing, completed the picture of the successful webinar premiere.

Repeating the event on a regular basis could both strengthen relationships between participants and create a European network between young people. The impact of webinars with specific content and relevant experts will also be explored. Some young people specifically asked for help in the area of communication for their railway activities to help attract more visitors.

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Introducing of new member candidates

Ferrocarril de Sóller. Photo: Jacques Daffis

At the forthcoming General Assembly of FEDECRAIL, being held as a hybrid event in Brussels on 19 June 2021, a decision will be taken on the acceptance of new members into the Federation. Several historic organisations have applied for membership. The candidates come from Belarus, Mallorca/Spain and as individual members also from Great Britain, after the umbrella organisation resigned from FEDECRAIL at the beginning of the year.

They are: Belarus Narrow Gauge Railway Foundation (BY), Ferrocarril de Sóller S.A.(E), Seaton Tramway (UK), Scottish Railway Preservation Society (UK). Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway Ltd (UK), UK Tram (UK) and Ravenglass & EksdaleRailway Co. Ltd. (UK). More information about the candidates can be found under this link (290 MB - each file in the Winzip folder will need to be downloaded first before they can be viewed).

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ECTN Awards 2021 - Sustainable Cultural Tourism

”Regenerating European tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity“ is the overiding theme of the ECTN Awards 2021. ECTN is the European Cultural Tourism Network, which is inviting FEDECRAIL to deliver a keynote address at their 2021 Annual meeting and Awards ceremony in Athens in October this year and will also highlight the heritage rail industry during the European Year of Rail 2021.

The Awards help enhance the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, create a platform for sharing experience and knowledge, and promotes networking between destinations. The call from ECTN for nominations is an opportunity to highlight the outstanding work done in the historic rail sector and the importance to Cultural Tourism. The 2021 edition of the Awards for ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism’ is organised by ECTN in partnership with Europa Nostra, the European Travel Commission and NECSTouR, supported by the Creative Tourism Network (CTN) and ‘Via Francigena' Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The deadline for nominations is 31 May 2021.

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UIC events for the European Year of Rail 2021

The European Year of Rail 2021 was officially launched at the end of March during a joint virtual conference organised by the European Commission and the Portuguese Presidency. The following day, an informal Council of Ministers meeting was held on the topic of rail transport. This marks the start of the initiative launched by the European Commission to promote rail transport in the midst of the Corona pandemic at a difficult time. It is part of the European Union's efforts to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 as one element of the European Green Deal.

The European Commission and its partners want to highlight the importance of rail transport with numerous events, projects and activities across the EU: Europe's innovative rail industry, its role in European culture and heritage, its connectivity to regions, people and businesses, its share in sustainable tourism as well as its role in the EU's relations with neighbouring countries. Among other things, it is important to raise awareness of this environmentally friendly means of transport, especially among the younger generation.

The UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de fer), as part of the EU initiative, is planning a series of events covering a wide range of activities in the sector: from an international „Green Transport Week“ held to coincide with the UN World Environment day in June and the EU Green Week to a „Rail Accessibility Day“ and an international symposium which aims to demonstrate how RAIL is resilient, innovative and prepared for the ‘New Normal’ – the new (multi) mobility challenges ahead. (More information here)

Through a Memorandum of Understanding with UIC and participation in the UIC TopRail work to promote rail tourism, FEDECRAIL is working with national railways to develop and promote the European Year of Rail. The European Commissioner for Culture and Education Mariya Gabriel recently described the presentation of the "7 Most Endangered 2021" by Europa Nostra as a good start to the event. Earlier, she had already explicitly emphasized that railways were an essential part of European culture and identity and would be a key element in the European Green Deal.

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Milestone for the Achensee Railway in Tirol

Photo, October 2020: Gunter Mackinger

The Achensee Railway in Tyrol/Austria has made it! It has been included in the 2021 list of the "7 Most Endangered" by Europa Nostra, the European heritage protection association dedicated to cultural heritage. Every year, this list names the most endangered monuments, sites and landscapes in Europe in order to mobilise public and private partners at all levels to find a viable future for the gems of cultural heritage.

For the Achensee Railway, which went bankrupt a year ago after agreed maintenance funding was withheld by politicians of Land Tyrol, it could be a milestone in its rescue. In its uniqueness using the original locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure from its opening in 1889, it should be preserved as an important part of Austria's cultural heritage and that it will play its full role in the development of sustainable tourism and the European Green Deal once the pandemic is over.

Both the European Commissioner for Culture and Education, Mariya Gabriel, and Europa Nostra Secretary General, Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, stress that saving the Achensee Railway would be particularly timely in this European Year of Railways 2021.

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Webinars replace Youth Exchange in 2021 starting in April

Youth Exchange 2017 in Italy

Corona Virus and the subsequent fallout has prevented the FEDECRAIL Youth Exchange from taking place again this year. The health situation in Europe is so serious that there are no guarantees that the Exchange can be organised safely for young people. In addition, an increase in travel costs is to be expected in the future due to the reduction and availability of low-cost flights, especially detrimental to young participants of a youth exchange. FEDECRAIL will therefore soon offer alternative meetings on the internet. They will serve to re-establish connections with young people from previous years and to involve any new youngsters who may be interested.

The aim is to create a solid European network of young people who are enthusiastic about heritage railways and railway museums. Greater participation by the younger generation should also benefit cooperation between all members of the association. By interacting with other volunteers, young people feel more included, especially in this time of limited social contact.

Initially, three meetings are planned in the form of webinars, starting around mid-April with a round of introductions and sharing of Covid experiences. The Youth Exchange Group is also currently looking into exchanges on other social media networks used by young people. The more contacts are built up on the internet, the more young people will want to meet up physically when it becomes possible again.

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Unique new cooperation of the European Mobile Heritage sector

FEDECRAIL supports a unique new cooperation of the European Mobile Heritage sector. The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic suggests that the attention for environmental threads of the global warming up has been pushed back. But looking into this aspect of our behaviour from a more long-term perspective, the execution of the Plan Paris – the aim for a fair place in the EU Green Deal – will ask a maximum attention of all of us.

In the past year, the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Agency, in close cooperation with the Dutch Mobile Historical Collection foundation, has undertaken various activities in the area of European cooperation in the field of mobile heritage.

The various chairmen of European umbrella organisations for historical mobile heritage, i.c.: the road, rail and air sectors have agreed to intensify this cooperation, in which the water sector and the sector of working industrial heritage will also be invited to join.

FEDECRAIL has agreed to further intensify this cooperation, in order to set up a platform that will formulate central goals, which in future political climate debates should contribute to clear discussions and decision making in the European Parliament and the European Commission and will help to assure a steady future for our forms of heritage. The board of FEDECRAIL is preparing to organize web-meetings in the coming weeks with the boards of the individual national heritage rail umbrella-organizations being member of FEDECRAIL to listen to their ideas in this important subject.


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updated 05.03.2020