About Aabenraa Veteranbane
The club Aabenraa Veteranbane was formed in the town of Aabenraa on august 16. 1999.
On march 13. 1993 the club Tønder-Tinglev Veteranjernbane (TTVJ) had been established, and the club activities took place in and around the old engine shed at the station Tønder H.
In 1999 the engine shed and its surroundings were no longer available to the club, and the club was moved to Aabenraa under the name of Aabenraa Veteranbane.
In 1996 it became possible to acquire the motor car M3 (T3) from the NVAG in Niebüll in Germany.
The purchase of this motor car made it possible to run museum train trips on different railway sections, mainly between Tønder and Tinglev.
One very special trip deserves to be mentioned here:
For one opening of the yearly X-mas market in Tønder, 56 julemænd (Father Christmas) were transported from Copenhagen to Tønder (this was before the opening of the bridge across Storebælt).
The motor car often made trips to Odense to visit the railway museum there.
M3 was also present when the last railway ferries across Storebælt arrived at Nyborg.
Every summer until 2004, M3 made railway museum trips, not only on Aabenraabanen, but also to Haderslev, Bredebro and Sønderborg.
In 2005, train traffic on Aabenraabanen was prohibited.
At the same time, the club had to face an extensive (and expensive) overhaul of M3.
Therefore, the disposal of the motor car was decided, and it was sold in the autumn of 2005.
The history of the motor car can be seen on the german website loks-aus-kiel.de
Link: Fahrzeugportrait MaK 518.
In the summer of 2006, Aabenraa Veteranbane got a new project going: Cycle Trolley Riding.
For a modest fare it is possible to rent a cycle trolley and make a trip through the lovely woods between Aabenraa and Rødekro.
In the long term it is still the objective of the club Aabenraa Veteranbane to make museum
train trips on Aabenraabanen possible.