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WATTRAIN December 2020 Newsletter now available.

  • Posted On: 19 January 2021
WATTRAIN December 2020 Newsletter now available

 

  • This edition of the WATTRAIN Newsletter focusses on WATTRAIN’s newest members in India.
  • The following Press release and testimonials outline the vision of the creators and supports of TRAM World Kolkata. 
  • We take a look at preparations and activity at the Railway At The End Of The World. 
  • And keep updated on Sustainable Steam projects

The UIC Covid-19 Task Force has published a new state-of-the-art entitled “Contamination Rates on Trains”.(UIC)

  • Posted On: 17 December 2020

The latest state-of-the-art document entitled Contamination Rates on Trains, produced by the UIC Covid-19 Task Force with the help of its members, has just been published:

https://bit.ly/2W0ax1N


West Bengal Transport Corporation ( Calcutta Tramways company)..and an appeal!

  • Posted On: 16 December 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta )Tramways is a living heritage site under threat. Historic public transportation system that out-survives trams in many international cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, London, Melbourne. In Calcutta, the tram was established in 1873. This is a unique mass transport system in Asia that was never discontinued....

2021 is the European Year of Rail

  • Posted On: 15 December 2020
2021 is the European Year of Rail. Some of the key objectives will be to promote rail as a sustainable, green, innovative and safe mode of transport and to promote European cross-border partnerships enhancing sustainable tourism, innovation, employment, education, youth, culture and accessibility. This should be a great opportunity for member organisations to share this initiative with their national tourist boards and create a joint marketing initiatives.

Covid-19 & Beyond - Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage

  • Posted On: 15 December 2020

Europa Nostra has produced an excellent document entitled Covid-19 & Beyond - Challenges and Opportunities for Cultural Heritage:


https://www.europanostra.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/20201014_COVID19_Consultation-Paper_EN.pdf


Mimmi Mickelsen, Chair of the Fedecrail Tramway Group(TG)has written an interesting article on how tramways throughout Europe have fared during the pandemic. https://www.fedecrail.org/en/index_en.html

Heritage Railway Association of the UK and Ireland (HRA) resign from Fedecrail from 1st January 2021.

  • Posted On: 15 December 2020
With the UK transition period coming to an end on 31st December 2020 and after the UK referendum decision in 2016 to leave the EU, the Heritage Railway Association of the UK and Ireland (HRA) has decided to resign from Fedecrail from 1st January 2021. Having been a founding member since Fedecrail’s creation in 1995, the news of its imminent departure has been received with some sadness

The Achensee Steam Cog Railway ..nominated to the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2021.(Fedecrail)

  • Posted On: 15 December 2020
The Achensee Steam Cog Railway is the only public railway in the world that, since it was opened in 1889, still uses all of the equipment of a late 19th-century railway system. These elements are steam-locomotives, passenger carriages, an engine-house with sliding platform, workshop, rails, dams and bridges.
In the spring of 2020, the Achensee Railway company went bankrupt and the subsidies which were promised by the Tyrolean provincial government were not disbursed by autumn. This authentic example of European industrial heritage is at risk of fast deterioration due to lack of maintenance to ensure its original and continuous function.

New track to be installed at Colyford Crossing as track maintenance continues through Winter closures.(Seaton Tramway)

  • Posted On: 11 December 2020

 

Permission has been granted by Devon County Council to undertake works to Seaton Tramway’s Level Crossing at Colyford, with works taking place 4th -12th January 2021. Work will see the removal of the existing tramway tracks, to be replaced with new rails and foundations under and across the carriageway.


WATTRAIN was pleased to host the second virtual meeting on the effects of Covid-19 on heritage rail operations.(Tuesday 24th November 2020)

  • Posted On: 26 November 2020
Although the overall effect is extremely challenging to the sector to varying degrees in different parts of the world, it was most encouraging to note the mutual support offered, and the innovative ways different heritage railways and museums are coping in an effort, where possible, to keep a flow of visitors through their particular locations.

The 90 minute meeting, hosted by Courtney Wilson (Patron, WATTRAIN) was moderated by Stefano Benazzo(President,WATTRAIN.) There were 26 attendees from around the world, representing (almost) every continent.

EU Year of Rail on course for scheduled departure

  • Posted On: 13 November 2020
On 12 November, the European Parliament and Council reached a trialogue agreement on the European Year of Rail 2021. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) welcomes this decision to put the spotlight on a transport mode with a strong track record in climate neutrality, energy efficiency, resilience, and innovation.

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