Steam Festival 2015
This year’s steam festival, a three day event, will be held at Maldegem, Belgium, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1st 2nd and 3rd of May, 2015.
The festival is themed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium at the end of the 2nd World War. A firm programme is already being established: Visiting loco on the standard gauge will be a USA S100 0-6-0t from the Goes – Borsele line in Holland. Also planned, but still to be confirmed, is a visit by a WW2 vintage German V36 diesel.
It is hoped also that the restoration of Maldegem based Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0st, WD196 “Errol Lonsdale” will be finished in time for her to enter service at the festival. (We are doing our best!)
Maldegem’s four other servicable loco’s, Ex Tunstead Quarries, Avonside 0-4-0st “FRED”, LaMeuse 0-6-0t “BEBERT”, St Leonard 0-4-0t “YVONNE” and Polish “Ferrum” 0-6-0t “GENERAL MACZEK” will also be in service.
An interesting program has been devised with a wartime flavour; An intensive service will run to Eeklo Main line station on the standard gauge supplemented four times daily by A photographic military train pulled by various locos.
On the narrow gauge line, trains will be operated by the familiar Kerr-Stuart 0-4-0st “PETER PAN” together with another yet to be confirmed loco from the UK. On this line, there will also be an intensive service in operation.
In Maldegem, A display of military vehicles is planned, there will also be trade stands with book, videos, etc. At Balgerhoeke, the half way station, military re-enactment is planned, and a preserved bus will shuttle visitors to the excellent nearby Canada-Poland War Museum where the story of the Local area during the War and Liberation is told.
For groups from the UK travelling via P&O Ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge, Stoomcentrum
is able to arrange pick up at the Ferry terminal and transfer to and from Maldegem by preserved bus. Or alternatively, from Aalter or Brugge main line stations for groups arriving by train.
|Maldegem Steam Center is home to the largest
collection of steam locomotives in Flanders. Re-live travel
as it was in olden times, in third class on wooden
benches, or in the plush first class, otherwise on board a
historic diesel railcar. We also offer a ride in open
coaches on the narrow gauge line and a film about trains in
our air conditioned cinema coach.
In July and August you can even visit this attraction from Bruges with a direct historic bus connection!
|STOOMCENTRUM vzw MALDEGEM
Stationsplein 8 B-9990 Maldegem Belgium
Tel. (+32)(0)50/71.68.52 Fax. (+32)(0)50/35.89.89
TVA: BE 0428.727.231
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