As the representative of MOROP I visited the general assembly of the BDEF from May 10 to 13; 2018 in Berlin. The most important part of this assembly was the 60th anniversary of the BDEF. Thursday was marked by several events and on Friday the were offered several visits during the morning. I visited with several participants the Drive Simulator of the ODEG railway company right in the middle of the city.
We had the opportunity to drive a KISS train in the simulator and discovered that the job of an engineer on a train includes much more then push the accelerator forward or backwards to break. Unfortunately we could not enjoy the full time available because the next program called us to the “Kaiserbahnhof” (Imperial Station) to Potsdam.
Inside this traditional building – wonderfully restored by the Deutsche Bahn and used as the academy for the leading echelon – the annual assembly of the BDEF took place.
After a smooth assembly we all got an inside look at the building and afterward assembled in the “Glashalle” for a reception by the Deutsche Bahn. Accompanied by imperial weather we could use the exterior and interior parts and the restored coaches of the Imperial Train added to the wonderful surrounding.
Saturday was – as every year – reserved for the “große Rundfahrt” (great journey). We took the historical fast train – Zwickauer Traditionszug – pulled by a 218 from Lichtenberg to Wittenberge. There we visited the engine shed of the Salzwedeler Dampfbahnfreunde und ene engine shop ot the Potsdamer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft. With an excellent guided tour and a great lunch the time passed much too fast. But the return journey offered us another highlight.
Special train before the return trip at the Wittenberge station.
From the main line from Hamburg to Berlin the train departed before Gesundbrunnen towards the south in the direction of Potsdam. Accompanied by wonderful weather we passed the Kaiserbahnhof again and passed on the centre line from Wannsee – Westkreuz – Hauptbahnhof – Ostbahbhof through the whole city centre to our destination Lichtenberg.
It was a special experience to pass that line with its multiple stations without any stop.
A wonderful buffet dinner in the hotel concluded in appropriate style the 60th anniversary of the BDEF.
A Schienenbusfahrt on the VT 95 to Basdorf was the final touch to the meeting on Sunday.
The annual general assembly of SVEA/ASEA took place at Horgen at the lake Zürich from April 28 to 29, 2018. The local model railway club (MECH) celebrated its 60th anniversary and organized the meeting.
Already on Saturday morning one could visit the Jubilee exhibition and during the afternoon the accompanying participants could visit a Home and Porcelain Museum. The annual assembly took place in the community hall of the village of Horgen and was conducted without any problems. Directly afterwards all participants were entertained by the community of Horgen. A festive dinner concluded the Saturday.
On Sunday morning the participants and guest boarded a special train “Around Zürich”. Two coaches of the Railvetia were pulled by the famous swiss Crocodile Be 6/8lll 13302 over main and secondary lines around Zürich. A great lunch waited for us in a traditional restaurant in Winterthur where the official part of the meeting ended.
The return trip took the direct connecting line from Winterthur via Bauma to Raperswil. From there all still remaining participants started the journey home.
Station Horgen from the cummunity center Station Winterthur
Crocodile Be 4/8 in Winthertur
Our special train
The technical commission has concluded its 121st session during the congress in Groningen. Our technical director Achim Sührig could not take part due the health problems unfortunately. The commission sessions were led by our Honorary Member Hans Hug.
The General Assembly has activated the following revised NEM:
NEM 654 Electrical interface - Version large
NEM 105 Tunnel profiles for standard gauge
The 122nd session of the technical commission took place from April 06 to 08, 2018 in Wrozlaw (Poland) again under the proven management of Achim Sührig. The meeting was perfectly organized by the President of the polish association PZMK - Ryzcard Pyssa.
During the sessions the following NEM's were discussed and/or revised:
NEM 301 - Receptical for the changeable couplings in scale H0 with limited space
NEM 641 - Digital Train controll electical characteristical vallues
NEM 650 - Electric interface for modell vehicles
NEM 651 - Electric interface 6 poles
NEM 652 . Electric interface 8 poles
NEM 659 - Extended interface for vehicles (was cancelled)
Apart from all the work the group managed to visit the train museum in Jaworzyna. Saturday afternoon we all took a ride on a regional train from Wrozlaw to Jaworzyna. There we got a superbe tour through the museum enhanced by wonderful spring weather.
Wrozlaw Main Station
122nd session of the TC
In front of the roundhouse
Concrete fortified railway car
Watching the modell railway
one of the 300 dwarfs distributed
throughout Wrozlaw as a tourist
70th General assembly of SVEA (Schweizer Verband Eisenbahn Amateur) in Locarno.