RIHSPI was mentioned in the newsletter of the European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) in a report by Kyoichi Oda, a representative from the Railway Preservation Society of Japan.
Excerpts from Mr. Oda’s report:
The Railways and Industrial Heritage Society of the Philippines (RIHSPI), the national organisation, was established just three years ago. In that short time a couple of American-built heritage railcars and a signal box have been restored, and work is about to start on a new project, the first railway museum in the Philippines.
Recruiting youngsters is a common problem for heritage railways in Europe, North America, Oceania and Japan, but many members of RIHSPI are in their enthusiastic 20s – it seems that they have a bright future.
Mr. Oda visited the Philippines last June 2011 to discuss the formation of an Asia-Oceania umbrella organization for heritage and tourist railway organizations. RIHSPI was invited to be the Philippine representative and co-founder of the organization. This organization shall be a member of the World Association of Tourist Trams & Trains, ensuring a worldwide linkage to promote the heritage and tourist railways in the Asia-Oceania sector together in mutual prosperity.
Full link to Mr. Oda’s report can be found here.