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


Latest News from FEDECRAIL

Spreading the Word…  Working Industrial & Mobile Heritage
Published: 24th October 2022

The 2022 conference of IATM International Association of Transport Communication Museums gave us our most recent opportunity to spread the word about WIMH (Working Industrial and Mobile Heritage). IATM …

Read More
Leignton Buzzard Steam Engine with Santa standing on the front of the train.
Santa’s Steam Specials: Leighton Buzzard Railway
Published: 23rd October 2022

The Leighton Buzzard Railway Santa’s Steam Specials will begin on Saturday 3rd December and trains will operate over a total of 13 days, finishing on Christmas …

Read More
Leighton Buzzard Steam Engine
International Locomotive Meeting
Published: 23rd October 2022

On the weekend before the funeral obsequies for the Late Queen Elizabeth II, Leighton Buzzard Railway celebrated Heritage Open Day in the United Kingdom with an …

Read More