Major participants in South Africa’s Railway Heritage and Tourism sector have combined forces to initiate the creation of a new railway heritage industry representative body, and to this end, the Federation of Heritage Railways of Southern Africa (FEDRAIL SA) has been established. A MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) has been drawn up which seeks to provide effective, honest and professional liaison services to the sector.
FEDRAIL SA’s mandate is as follows: FEDRAIL SA has been formed in order to link and unify the Railway Preservation community in Southern Africa. It also seeks to establish ties with like-minded federations around the world to enhance and promote their achievements to the broader public and to provide a voice for Southern African organisations on the local and international stage. Railway Heritage has the potential to boost tourism revenues, and FEDRAIL SA seeks to promote Railway Heritage and operating railways not only as an attractive tourist experience but one that is important and relevant to future generations. FEDRAIL SA’s objective is to serve its members for the purpose of expanding the sector and supporting the development of operators, interest groups and railway associations. FEDRAIL SA will also provide an advisory service to state railway organisations, operators, interest groups and railway associations. It will have a media strategy, publish articles and have coordinated gatherings, where historical railway information is disseminated. FEDRAIL SA is not a regulatory body. It is a liaison body designed to further the interests of its members in a positive way, and to act for them at the highest level. The authorities have clearly indicated that they need a single voice promoting the development of the Railway Heritage industry which has come into being as a result of a creative democratic process. It is not the function of FEDRAIL to prescribe to its members, but it will keep them informed of the regulations that they need to comply with as required by regulatory authorities such as the Rail Safety Regulator of South Africa, as an example
FEDRAIL SA has already forged links with the FEDECRAIL (the European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways) and WATTRAIN (The World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains) and we subscribe to their objectives and philosophies.
We invite interested parties from around the world to join FEDRAIL SA to strengthen ties with Southern African Railway Heritage.