62nd General Assembly of the BDEF in Hamburg
The General Assembly of the BDEF took place this year from May 29 to June 02, 2019 in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. The MOROP was well represented by the president Peter Briegel, the technical director Wieland Zimmer (also as president VOEMEC) and the interpreter Urban Ruegger (also president SVEA / ASEA).
Here are a few impressions of the very well organized and executed program points during the days in Hamburg.
Pictures by Peter Briegel
Assembly of Delegates of the SVEA / ASEA in Balsthal / CH
On April 27 and 28, 2019, the annual delegates' meeting of the Swiss Association took place in Balsthal - Canton Solothurn - in Switzerland. At the Assembly of Delegates, 66 out of 87 member associations were present and, as every year, the discussions were stimulating, interesting and the results were satisfying for all. During this time, the escorts visited a very interesting comb museum. During a very good dinner as always interesting discussions were conducted and a group of drummers (multiple Swiss champion and runner-up) delighted the audience with a fantastic performance.
On Sunday at 09:00 all met for an interesting excursion program. With a special train of the Oensingen-Balsthal Railway with 2 saloon cars and the steam locomotives, we first went to the Balsthaler Papierfabrik. During a guided tour, we were able to find out about the production of the special paper produced there in front of the running machines.
Back on the train we went on to the tunnel construction factory Marti. There we got an insight into the tunnel construction with all possibilities and visited a tunnel boring machine under construction.
Back in our special train and after a short drive we landed in the canteen of the Intercantonal Fire Brigade training center in Klus. An interesting lecture about the history and origin of the Oensingen - Balsthal railway and the Roll'schen metal goods factory drew all railway enthusiasts into its spell. With a good lunch and many discussions and the return to the station Balsthal this exciting trip was decided.
The next delegates' meeting of SVEA / ASEA will take place on 18th and 19th April 2020 in Matten bei Interlaken.
124th session of the TC in Palma de Mallorca
From 05. - 07.04.2019 the TC meeting took place in Palma de Mallorca. We thank the FCAF and especially Alex Mitjans and his team for the excellent preparation and execution of this meeting. Likewise the model railway club of Palma de Mallorca - AAFB - for the provision of the meeting room and assistance with the planning.
Work programm for the seesion:
Revision of the NEM 102 "Clearance of clear space with straight track guidance"
NEM 641 control and revision
SMV application for a new standard NEM 10x working title "Grenzzeichen"
Dealing with incoming "requests" >> Requests from "outside" TC or MOROP at all.
Quo Vadis MOROP TC? >> Discussion about future standards, next work, brainstorming, etc
But there was still time for a cultural and tourist program. On Saturday afternoon we take the regular train to Manacor and from there by bus to the emerging "Historic Railway Museum of Mallorca" in Son Carrio.
In the evening, we all met for a Mallorcan dinner in a traditional restaurant in Palma de Mallorca.
The highlight of the program was on Sunday a ride on the Tren de Soller (red lightning) from Palma to Soller. There a competent guide in three languages explained the beauties of the city before we took the "Tram de Soller" to the harbor.
Preaparation for the TC session
In the museum at Son Carrio
Dinner at the restaurant Celler de Premsa in Palma
Tren de Soller station in Palma
Photo stop before Soller
Tren de Soller station in Soller
Tram de Soller in the City
Port de Soller
Tram de Soller passing a beer garden
Before the return trip to Palma
Cathedral of Palma
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 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
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