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The European Commission and the European Parliament have declared 2021 the European Year of Rail
Although the emphasis is on promoting the railways for transport and travel within the framework of the Green Deal, it should also be realised that the construction of railways and tramways played an important historical role in the growth of Europe and left behind an important heritage.
We want to use the 2021 European Year of Rail to highlight the importance of the railway heritage, this year and next.
The website mainly consists of four databases
- Who's who - a list of organisations involved in the preservation and mise en valeur of railway heritage in Europe - to encourage networking
- a list of good examples of conservation and re-use of railway heritage (both buildings and infrastructure and lines)
- a list of activities that will be organised, i.e. a calendar
- a series of news items and press releases.
In addition, we also want to build a number of pages devoted to the influence of the railways on art and culture.
For the moment, only an English version is available, but it is our intention to make the site multilingual.
You can participate in these databases by filling in and returning the questionnaires (see attachment). In any case, we would like to include your organisation in the who-is-who.
On the main website of EFAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, since spring last year, we have added information on the European Year of Rail, and - even more important - we launched a European campaign to save endangered rail heritage
EFAITH had planned to hold its annual weekend for volunteers and associations in the spring of this year, as well as a meeting on conservation and access to railway heritage.
Unfortunately, Corona makes this impossible.
The annual weekend has already been postponed from last year to this year and will now probably only take place at the beginning of 2022.
The Stichting Federatie Behoudt de Langstraatspoorbruggen (FBL) cooperates with the Stichting Spoorbrug Geertruidenberg.
Both organisations have the ambition, to restore the former railway track in their region and to re-use both the bridges and the railway track for walkers and cyclists. We started the project in 1985
Due to COVID -19 this conference, which was due to take place at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, is being replaced by an International ‘virtual’ conference on the same dates (10-13 June 2021)
- In order to enable an exchange of ideas and experience on how to deal with railway and tramway heritage within the framework of the European Year of Rail, because of COVID we will be organising a series of online events during which aspects of railway heritage conservation can be discussed.