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Welcome to WATTRAIN

Since being founded in 2010, WATTRAIN (The World Alliance of Tourist Trams and Trains) has been at the forefront in promoting the interests of the owners and operators of tourist trams and trains.

Its aims are to represent the interests of such operators on a global scale, to advise and assist its members on technical, legal, environmental, cultural, commercial, marketing and other matters, to exchange ideas and information, to encourage best practice and to promote the sector generally. And to build a repository of useful railway related material and sources for member railways and individuals..

In particular, it seeks to ensure that traditional skills are passed on to the next generation. The strategy for achieving those aims is set out in Wattrain’s Strategic Plan.

WATTRAIN holds its next conference in Frisco,Texas, where speakers will address topical issues and update technical developments of interest to tram (trolley) or train operators.

Registration: WATTRAIN Frisco, TX registration is now live. Register Here.

Deadline for registration for Conference: September 30, 2018

Hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad
“Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges with Today’s Resources”

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway to...

  • Posted On: 15 October 2018
Two new steam locomotives will chug in the lush green Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) next year as the preliminary works for the manufacture of these locos at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here has been set in motion.

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Museum to Host...

  • Posted On: 14 October 2018
 

The Museum of the American Railroad will host the tri-annual conference of The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains (WATTRAIN) November 1-3 here in Frisco! The UK-based Alliance was created in 2010 in an effort to facilitate an ongoing exchange of ideas and practices relating to the preservation and operation of heritage railway equipment and facilities. 
 
This year’s conference in Frisco is themed “Addressing tomorrow’s challenges with today’s resources.” 

The Museum of the American Railroad will host the tri-annual conference of The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains (WATTRAIN) November 1-3 here in Frisco! The UK-based Alliance was created in 2010 in an effort to facilitate an ongoing exchange of ideas and practices relating to the preservation and operation of heritage railway equipment and facilities. 
 
This year’s conference in Frisco is themed “Addressing tomorrow’s challenges with today’s resources.” 


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Google chronicles the...

  • Posted On: 6 October 2018

An online project on Google Arts & Culture is celebrating this rich history and heritage with over 100 exhibitions. Besides featuring scenic routes and historic events, this project, designed in partnership with the Indian ministry of railways, tells the lesser-known stories of the people who keep the trains running. These range from the trackmen and keymen to the pioneering women who’ve become signal engineers and rail managers in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry.

The goal is to make this rail heritage more accessible to Indians. So the exhibitions will be taken to 22 railway stations across India.


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Spain: Steam returns to the...

  • Posted On: 5 October 2018
Next Sunday, October 7, the Arganda Train, which travels almost 4 kilometers between the Poveda station in Arganda del Rey and the stop of the El Campillo lagoon in Rivas, on Sundays in spring and autumn 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 h., begins its fall season dragged again by some steam locomotives with more than 90 years. 

This trip to the past of the Arganda Train, which is managed by the non-profit association Vapor Madrid Railway Initiatives Center (CIFVM), runs along a section of the old railway line of the Tajuña Railway in old wooden cars with a balcony: AC201 manufactured by Carde y Escoriaza in 1916 and cars C-1 and C-2, rebuilt by the Roman Workshop School Aparicio de Arganda.

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