apsolut supports the Oekoven Gillbachbahn Light Railway Museum
"Since my early childhood, the Feldbahnmuseum Oekoven Gillbachbahn has always been an institution here in the area in general and for railway enthusiasts in particular." With these words, our colleague Matthias Schneider began his e-mail to apsolut founder and CEO Thomas Herbst. The reason for this emotional introduction: like so many other institutions, the Corona crisis nearly dealt the museum its lethal blow.
Even the years 2018 and 2019 were very difficult for the museum, which is run by 15 railway enthusiasts, due to stricter fire protection regulations. During this time, a six-figure sum had to be invested, and trips with the public were only partially allowed. After pooling resources to avert the financial ruin, the museum is set to reopen in 2020 with full steam ahead.
Thanks, in part, to Matthias Schneider's e-mail, the museum continues to exist and will open its doors again to young and old after the Corona crisis. Without hesitation, Thomas Herbst promised financial support for the museum.
At some point, the approximately one kilometer museum railway will reopen. And in winter, St. Nicholas rides will take place again, where St. Nicholas gives presents to the children on board.
As a result of the donation, apsolut now stands on the "Wall of Sponsors" in the museum:
In the Oekoven Gillbachbahn Light Railway Museum, you can see narrow-gauge trains and factory trains from the mining industry as well as wreckage-removal and military trains. One focus of the museum’s work is the restoration of almost 60 locomotives and over 100 wagons. Some of the exhibits are well over 100 years old.
Here you can find further information about the Light Railway Museum Oekoven: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldbahnmuseum_Oekoven [german only]
Here you can see Matthias Schneider, with his family, standing in a locomotive in the museum.