Saturday 6. June 2020

History of MPŽ

The official history of the MPZ began on December 20, 1991, when it was registered with the Ministry of Internal Affairs as the Industrial Railways Club (KPZ). Founding the KPZ was a continuation of previous activites of the founding members. Since the late 1970s they had saved some Slovak forest railways and documented the operation of the Mladějov railway, among other activites. Two diesel locomotives were bought from a railway liquidated in Hora Sv. Šebestiána on the day the club was registered, and these were brought to Brno. The KPZ´s initial goal was to collect about 6 engines and 15 carriages on about 200 meters of exhibition track. Such a track was built in 1991-1992 on ground belonging to Pavel Gajdoš, one of the founding members.Two factors limited the use of this track: the ground had a considerable slope (about 9.5%) and it was in a garden surrounded by other gardens. Besides this, the sharp curves and light top were suitable only for light-weight locomotives and cars.

Apart from these problems, though, this small area served its purpose and brought happiness to club members and the public for 4 years. In 1993 and 1994 organized meetings drew more than 50 fans of narrow-gauge railways. This was quite a large number, considering the limited publicity and the fact that in the early nineties this was indeed an extraordinary museum activity in the Czech Republic.

The club members considered this experience to be a good start towards a bigger collection in a more suitable accomodation. In 1992 the club asked the architecture office of the City of Brno for permission to build a track and organize an exhibition of narrow-gauge locomotives and cars. Several sites were proposed, including Lišeň and the area around the Brno reservoir in Bystrc, but a track on the grounds of a former panel factory in Brno-Bohunice seemed to be the most promising prospect. The Technical Museum in Brno was supposed to take over this site for an exhibition of automobiles and airplanes, and the plan was to have the KPZ´s trains serve as a mode of transportation on the grounds. But financial and legal complications concerning the factory caused the museum to use a different area, and the plan to cooperate with the KPZ collapsed.

As the focus of the club changed, the numbers of members and exhibits increased, so the statute and the official name were changed as well. On March 1, 1994, the registration was changed to MPZ.The club already owned about 10 engines and 30 carriages, and it needed more space. At the end of 1993, the possibility of building a track and storage facility in Drásov close to Tišnov arose. The owner of the land had several narrow-gauge vehicles of his own, and he suggested forming a common collection. But this mixed collection with several owners proved to be unsatisfactory, and in the end the area served only for the temporary storage of some vehicles and spare parts. It was clear that a real museum had to be built somewhere else. As the Mladějov track had interested the club for several years, the decision was easy. After an agreement with Bohumil Bělík, the head of the factory there, the first two engines and cars were taken to Mladějov on May 12, 1995. That day marked the beginning of the activities that saved the track in Mladějov and led to its being used as a museum. A contract leasing the track soon followed.



Type: History
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