With the intent to bring together railfans from around the world, to discuss issues, learn about railways in other countries, and make friends around the world I have searched around to make a list of initially 7 Railway Forums in different countries. These forums aren’t completely identical in their format but do on the whole cover the same issues. English is spoken and understood on nearly all these forums, with a knowledge of Spanish being helpful for the Chilean forum. Belgium. Het Groot Belgisch Treinen Forum forum voor treinenthousiasten http://www.hgbtf.net/index.php phpbb format. Registration page in English Suggested international correspondance to be posted on the ‘ACTUALITEIT INTERNATIONAAL’ (TOPICALITY INTERNATIONAL) or the ‘ALGEMEEN INTERNATIONAAL’ (COMMONLY INTERNATIONAL) sections. The forum is in Dutch but most people in the flemmish/dutch speaking areas of Belgium speak/understand English. Postings in English are welcome. Topics are of general Belgium/Benelux railway scene plus neighboring countries, covering both modern and heritage railways. Belgians are keen to find out about railways around the world. Chile Tren Chile Foro El foro ferroviario de Chile http://miarroba.com/foros/ver.php?id=521682 Registration page in Spanish. Upon registration new members become probationary members and can only post on the SOLICITUDES DE INGRESO (ENTRANCE REQUESTS) section. A knowledge of Spanish would be helpful. General railway enthusiast forum, but due to lack of English being spoken English posts may take a while to be answered. I have though received a warm welcome even with an English posting. The Chileans are keen to learn about railways around the world Malaysia, S.E.Asia KTM Railway Fanclub http://www.ktmrailwayfan.com/forum/index.php phpbb format. Registration page in English. Easy English navigation, most of the forum is in English. Covers domestic Malaysian modern and heritage scene, plus topics on south east asia. Malaysians are keen to find out about railways around the world Netherlands. SPOORFORUM http://hspoor.suddenlaunch3.com/ Registration page in English. Most people in the Netherlands speak/understand English so submitting posts in English on the forum will be understood and are most welcome. The forum is a general railway enthusiast forum mainly on the Dutch/Benelux scene but also with topics on neighboring countries, covering modern and heritage subjects, also featrures specialist photographic sections including photo of the week. The Dutch are keen to learn about other railway’s of the world and are keen to share their knowledge with you. Henk the Admin of the forum has given me a full translation into English of sections and buttons. It will help you make a posting in the correct place on 'Spoorforum'. Remember most Dutch speak English so making a posting in English is OK. Spoorforum - info = about this forum Leden, info & service = members, info & service Aangenaam - "pleased to meet you"(This is me). Activiteiten / bijeenkomsten = activities and meetings Spoorfoto van de week = railwaypicture of the week Spots & actuele foto's = trainspottings and actual pictures Railnieuws, vragen en antwoorden = Railnews, questions and answers about the real railways Vraag het de machinist = ask the traindriver...... (yes we do have some as member) Foto's en video's van leden = pictures and videos made by members Fotostekken = nice places to take photographs Afkortingenlijst = list of shortnames used by the dutch railways (and - enthousiasts!) Modelspoorforum = modelrailway forum Modelbanen van leden = members are describing their own modelrailway Knooppunt = discussion forum about more difficult things as political - or management cases in relation to the railways and passengers/service and opinions about this cases. Overige zaken = all remainig things Agenda / dienstregelingen = calendar and timetables (special rides) Spoorhandel = buying and selling - particulair anouncements Raadplaat = guess at the picture, as where, what ,when etc. Raillinks & sites van leden = Raillink page and dicriptions about sites from members. *Nieuw onderwerp = new topic *Reageer = reply *Citeer = quote *Bewerken = edit *Verwijderen = remove *Abonneer = notify Romania. Railway Fan Romania Locul tau de intalnire cu toti pasionatii domeniului feroviar http://forum.railwayfan.ro/ phpbb format. Registration page in Romanian. Due to the registration being in Romanian, I would suggest that you have another session from an other forum’s registration page on an English phpbb forum (UK or Belgium are both phpbb) up on your screen when registering, as the registration page is identical other than the language. A lot of people in Romania speak/understand English, and Romanians are very welcoming. I suggest that initial postings are made in the Cai ferate in general (general railway items) section The Forum is a general railway enthusiast forum covering day to day railway items, modern and heritage, also has sections on model railways. As well as Romania there are a lot of Eastern European topics. United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland National Preservation Keeping the Heritage community together http://www.national-preservation.com/forum/ phpbb format. Registration page in English. A Heritage railway forum with some topics covering modern day railway items. Also has a non-railway heritage section covering buses, trams, aircraft etc. Features a gallery of members photo’s. With a lot of interest in railway’s, especially heritage in the UK, there is a lot of input covering day to day issues, of preservation, railtours and general railway issues. A lot of information comes out of the discussions. Many links to members photo web sites. United States/ Canada Railroadforum http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php Registration page in English. This is a general railway forum covering all aspects of North American railroads from modern to heritage. There are special sections for preservation (in North America) and also sections for international input. Also a link to their sister forum, Steampreservation.com http://www.steampreservation.com/forum/ Covers North America and world/international steam issues. Separate registration required. Please add to this list if you come across others.