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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #240 on: September 21, 2022, 09:30:19 AM »
Congratulations, Alain, on a successful event.

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« Reply #241 on: September 21, 2022, 09:40:19 AM »
 Thanks Jeff but I did'nt take part in that event since I've not been a volunteer anymore for 6 years but I'll tell Seb the AMTP President about your congats.
A pic of the TDJ 2022 site a few days before the opening you can see a part of the track.

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« Reply #242 on: September 21, 2022, 12:03:26 PM »
This is magnificent news. For a while AMTP seemed to be in decline; now it seems very prosperous and has good future.

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« Reply #243 on: September 21, 2022, 01:32:06 PM »
Untill 2012 AMTP was really  on the wane. As of 2013 the association has started to know better days but it's really in 2017 with the election of a new leadership that AMTP is successful again. The officers are young the oldest is 41 the youngest 23  and the members of the BOD are young or middel -aged people.The leadership has a lot of drive and Seb the président is a go-getter but a hard worker as well. The atmosphere between the volunteers is really good and the financial situation is excellent. That is why the association has been able to take the TDJ 2022 challenge up and made it big during that off the charts long weekend. A pic of the  volunteers that were around at TDJ 2022
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« Reply #244 on: September 28, 2022, 07:14:43 AM »
SAD NEWS FROM PITHIVIERS Burial ceremony last Saturday
Alain Elambert ,the former President of the AMTP, died in April 2020 .Alain was at the head of the association from 1999 to 2017. He joined the AMTP in 1984 and became a member of the BOD in the late 80's. He was the one that proposed to the AMTP and to the small town of Pithiviers le Viel to lay out the site of the end station Béllébat a disused military field. The site was on the territory of that townlet whose Alain was the deputy mayor. His proposal was accepted and after a tremendous amount of backstage work that took Alain busy for several years the works started in late 1994. A beautiful station was built and the track was extended in a wide loop around the site, a lot of trees and bushes were planted on. In June1996 the dedication of the station and of the new layout were held on the occasion of the30th anniversary of the AMTP. Thirty six years later, all due to Alain Elambert, the site of Bellébat is now a nice restful shady place in the greenery  and it looks like an oasis in the middle of the treeless and bleak  plain of the Beauce.
Alain had wished his cinders were thrown into a steam locomotive firebox and scattered through the stack all over the engine shed yard and along the main. Unfortunately given the C19 pandemic and other circumstances Alain's cindesr have had to wait untill last Saturday when a touching ceremony took place on the engine shedyard  during which his son threw the cinders into the firebox of the Brigadelok whose blower was fully open. Afterward a special took to Bellébat Alain's family,friends and quite a lot of AMTP's volunteers around 100 riders altogether. In the station a reception was held  and speeches were made to pay tribute to Alain and his work. RIP Alain. A picture taken in 2015 of the two bearded Alain ,Alain Elambert is on the left.

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« Reply #245 on: September 28, 2022, 08:41:26 PM »
A fitting send off to a life well lived.
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« Reply #246 on: September 28, 2022, 08:42:05 PM »
Alain,
What a wonderful tribute to a man so influential and far sighted as Alain was. AMTP was fortunate to have such an industrious individual as their president.   
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« Reply #247 on: September 29, 2022, 05:08:39 AM »
Thank you Dave and Bill for your replies. An original send off for Alain indeed because if he was a diesel locomotive engineer I never saw him on a steam locomotive. He very often manned the station but the job he most liked was to show around visitors the museum and engine shed. Of course he did  a lot of paperwork. Over 20 years he negociated the purchase of the rolling stock that did not belong yet to the association often for  next to nothing and he sold for quite a lot of money a 3 feet gauge locomotive that had been given to the association. He was really social and a good person  that never got angry with anybody. Sure Alain was a great and far sighted President.

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« Reply #248 on: September 29, 2022, 05:49:04 AM »
 A picture I took in 2019 in Pithiviers Station at the foot of MTP  #10 a 062 locomotive built by the famous Decauville Co in 1903. That pic shows three generations of volunteers. On the right Alain Elambert 72 former President but still an active volunteer, on the left Sebastien Delefortrie 38 President since 2017 and in the cab Victor Clouzeau 18 a new volunteer. For the last saturday's special to Bellébat Sebastien thinking to that pic, he likes wanted to kind of re-enact that scene. The steam crew was the same ,himself and Victor, but as it was raining a lot he prefered to take the Brigadelok rather than # 10 for safety reasons and also for the comfort of the steam crew.