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Railway Museums in Brazil: State Politics and the Rise of the Volunteer Museum

Cooper, Martin (2009) Railway Museums in Brazil: State Politics and the Rise of the Volunteer Museum. Journal of the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums, 28 (1). pp. 51-56. ISSN 9783936240245

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In 1977 Patrick Dollinger, a French-born engineer, helped to create the Associação Brasileira de Preservação Ferroviária (ABPF, Brazilian Railway Preservation Association) and shortly afterwards a group of volunteers began work on 24kms of track secured from the federal State railway company,the Rede Ferroviária Federal SA (RFFSA). The line, between Campinas and Jaguariúna in São Paulo state, began heritage rides in 1981. This essay considers the rise of the ABPF, a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation, which is also active in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Some of its rail heritage sites today have the highest visitor figures of any attraction in the museum sector in Brazil. It has achieved this without Government support.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Martin Cooper
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 10:48
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 19:57


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