If you wish to support BDK work and Pigeon railway museum, please donate, by bank transfer to account below, please provide description "Donation"
Biedrība "Bānīša Draugu klubs"
reģ. nr. 40008187520
Society “Friend’s Club of Bānītis” since 2012 has received a Publicly beneficial organization status, thus for the donations made to us you can receive tax refunds according to your tax regulations.
Maintenance of railways is not a cheap – both the materials and staff costs a lot – that’s the reason why railways are usually lifted (by recurring scrap value) as soon as the traffic volume drops and the railway is not used completely. It is the experience of European and other world museum railways, that railways can be preserved and even developed, if volunteers help in them – in this case salary costs drop or do not exist at all.
For example, efforts made by volunteers in year 2013 in total were 238 man-hours, in year 2014 – 1756 man-hours, , in year 2015 - 1028 man-hours, in year 2016 - 2279 man-hours, in 2017 collected 3310 man-hours! If this work would have been done by paid staff, the costs of salaries would be in amount of thousands euros!
Pigeon railway is created as a volunteer maintained museum railway – there are no salary costs. But not everything can be done by volunteers – in these cases we attract contractors (starting from machining of spare parts and finishing with transport and crane services, etc.), what causes costs to the society. And also for a fruitful work session volunteers must be equipped with good tools and materials (paints, metals, wood), what also causes large costs to the society, and at the moment the society is unable to cover them by any earnings, as the state of the museum railway is not appropriate to bring visitors.
If you want to support BDK and creation of Baloži peat museum railway (Pigeon railway), you are kindly asked to donate, by making a money transfer to the society’s bank account, with a note “Donation” – our bank account details can be found in Contacts section.
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