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Railwatch 081 - October 1999

Russian railway link

A Bradford academic's work is helping countries in eastern Europe to make their museums more attractive to tourists. Dr Anthony Heywood of the University of Bradford, Department of European Studies, is secretary of the New Europe Railway Heritage Trust, a new voluntary organisation to help railway museums in central and eastern Europe.

The trust has its roots in a reference book on the development of railway locomotives in the Soviet Union which Dr Heywood wrote in 1995 with the help of the Russian Ministry of Transport.

Dr Heywood, an expert on Russian and Soviet economic history, said: "The Russian ministry made available previously classified information on the understanding that income from the book would be used to support railway museums in Russia."

The public trust will be formally launched in the autumn. So far, museum specialists from Russia and the Baltic states have visited the National Railway Museum, York, the Middleton Railway in Leeds and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Dr Heywood said: "It has been very useful for these museums which are facing very difficult economic conditions in the transition to capitalism."

Dr Heywood attended the opening of a special British-Russian exhibition, "British Railways Past and Present" at the Central Museum of Railway Transport, which is attached to St Petersburg University.

He gave a public lecture there about Professor Iu V Lomonosov, the man who led the research team which designed the world's first operationally successful main-line diesel locomotive in the 1920s.

Contact: Anthony Heywood 01274 233826

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