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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 held its last conference in Frisco,Texas, (30 November -4th December 2018) ,where speakers addressed topical issues and were updated on technical developments of interest to tram (trolley) or train operators. “Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges with Today’s Resources” was the conference theme.

The Conference was successfully Hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad.

Over the coming weeks,  the presentations at the Conference will appear on this website under the WATTRAIN Frisco 2018 heading, and will be available in English and Spanish.

 

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Latest News

Bring Drmuboe Home -...

  • Posted On: 14 February 2019
Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that it has exciting plans to bring Donegal's most famous steam engine 'Drumboe' back to the county.

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Long-serving John...

  • Posted On: 14 February 2019
A Tywyn man described as probably the world’s longest serving heritage railway volunteer has been presented with the Railway Magazine Annual Award for Services to Railway Preservation. John Bate, Talyllyn Railway’s former chief engineer, was honoured at the recent Heritage Railway Association awards...

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Kochi: Heritage train from...

The railways plan to co-ordinate with shipping agents so as to cater the service to foreign tourists arriving in luxury ships.

  • Posted On: 7 February 2019
The world’s oldest running steam locomotive ‘EIR 21 Express’ will chug through the division catering to foreign and domestic tourists from Thursday. Built in 1855, the introductory run of the locomotive with a 40-seat heritage coach will be held from Nagercoil Junction to Kanniyakumari. 

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Incredible 1950s archive...

The fascinating footage shows footage of a 1956 promotional video of a journey from Porthmadog to Minffordd

  • Posted On: 3 February 2019
Fascinating archive footage of a historic narrow gauge railway's early days of preservation have emerged. The Ffestiniog Railway was first opened in the 1830s to carry slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog to the wharves of Porthmadog for export to all four corners of the world. The 13-mile...

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