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PFT volunteers

Since its beginnings in 1989, the association Patrimoine Ferroviaire & Tourisme, which manages the Chemin de Fer du Bocq, has drawn its strength and its ability to evolve from the men and women who make it up. It brings together people from all socio-professional categories and all walks of life. Each one of them contributes to the achievement of the association’s social objective, according to their time, their talent, or simply their desire!

Because of its structure, size and influence, the association has a diverse and extremely varied associative life.

At Le Chemin de Fer du Bocq, in Spontin, our volunteers are involved in many areas related to operations (engine driver, chief guard, commentator, visitor reception, logistics, administration, etc.), or to the maintenance and restoration of rolling stock, maintenance and management of infrastructure (tracks, signalling, level crossings, bridges, tunnels, buildings, etc.)

With our Publishing and Communication teams, we promote our events and commercial activities to the general public, and we highlight the incredible work of our volunteers: articles in our magazine En Lignes, columns on our websites and social networks, creation of posters and flyers, …

In Saint-Ghislain, we try to showcase all the items owned by the association:

  • The Retrotrain exhibits our collection and organises visits every first Saturday of the month
  • Our shop sells many books, including those published by the PFT
  • Our model railways section manages the construction and renovation of several networks, and organises several model railways fairs per year
  • Our restoration workshop is specialised in sheet metal work, bodywork and painting on the one hand, and in motorisation, electricity and pneumatics on the other.
  • Our archive section contains a large number of plans which are currently being inventoried and classified

Training and certification are organised regularly, mainly at the Chemin de Fer du Bocq. NO SPECIAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED TO JOIN US. Just motivation and a good mood.

If you want to come and help us, do not hesitate to send us an email at [email protected]

If you want to have an overview of the work of our volunteers, subscribe to our Youtube channel:

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There are therefore different sectors that enable the association to function: