The following was received by me on May 31st:-
" Friends of the Railway on Internet (24/5/2001)
The Associació d'Amics del Ferrocarril de Balears (http://www.aafb.net/) has published its webpage with information about the entity and about the world of the train on the islands.
The association is based in the calle Eusebi Estada de Palma, over the Soller Railway station, where the members have a library and two models, to scale N and to H0. Amongst their activities, the association edits a threemonthly magazine "Es Furgó Correu", on the railway news for the Balearics.
The Asociación de Amigos del Ferrocarril de Balears collaborated recently in the exhibition 125 years of the train on Mallorca where a vision of the past, present and future of the train on the island was presented, coinciding with the inauguration of the Inca-Sa Pobla line.
Precisely today, May 24, 2001, the president of the Govern de les Illes Balears, Francesc Antich, the councillor for Public Works, Housing and Transport of the Balearic Government, Josep Antoni Ferrer, the director of Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca, José Antonio Santos, have presented at the Balearic University (UIB) the project for the train from Palma to the UIB and the underground project Palma-Inca for the exit from Palma. The cost of the projects amounts to 20.000 million pesetas and should be finished during 2004."
In the June issue of Today's Railways the following item is printed:-
Crocodile for Mallorca!
The beautiful island of Mallorca will have an extra attraction this summer in the form of Eusko Trenibideak "Crocodile" electric loco 4010. The loco is to be loaned to the Ferrocarril de Sóller (FdS) for the haulage of passenger trains from Sóller to Palma in exchange for two tramcars - numbers 4 and 7 - which will be loaned to the Basque Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril (railway museum) at Azpeitia. The Crocodile is one of ten Bo-Bo locos built in 1928 by Haine Saint Pierre of Belgium (mechanical parts) and Brown Boveri (electrical parts). Of these, 4008 is preserved at Azpeitia whilst 4006 has been rebuilt for hauling tourist trains. The Crocodile was built for a 1500 V d.c. supply so should be able to run on the FdS 1200 V d.c. system with no problem. The main modification will be conversion from metre to 914 mm gauge. DAH
Tramcar No.4 is actually a bit of a "foreigner", having been imported into Majorca, along with trailer No.7 which was originally a motored tramcar, from Bilbao. I've done quite a bit of sleuthing and firstly Toni Sanchis tells me it may be as much as a year before anything happens, secondly I can't show you a photo of the loco but if you click on the following link you'll be taken to a section of the Mercurio site with pictures of a number of these beasties which will give you an idea of what we can look forward to:-
http://www.railfaneurope.net/frameset.html Click pictures, then on the Spanish flag, labelled es, on the left side of the page, then click on Museum and then on Azpeitia !!
Toni Sanchis has also sent me photographs of the new vehicle, produced in the workshops of the Sóller Railway, which they will be using in future as a line-inspection vehicle. It is apparently based on a Land Rover 2000 chassis. Click here or on the picture below for the larger version.
That's as far as I've been able to get this month and the following items are leftovers from the previous newsletter(s) - the video clip of the steam locos on the FCM is still available via last month's newsletter as is information about the "Mallorca mit dem Zug entdecken" book from Geranova.
Dr Ken J Walker of Railstuff Videos sent me an advance copy of his new video on the Sóller Railway and Tramway, entitled "Atencion al Tren" (recommended). All the digital footage was filmed with a 3-CCD Mini-DV camera. All editing is digital, mastering to DVCAM professional tape. The final VHS copies are professionally duplicated direct from DV. Each copy is the best possible quality, with no "generation loss". I hope to make a brief clip of this video available to you as a "taster" but it hasn't arrived yet, meanwhile here's a rather poor quality (sorry, Ken) still which I made from the video before sending it on to Today's Railways magazine for review.