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Sponsors & donations

Would you like to become a sponsor or donator?


You can become a donor of Museum Buurtspoorweg from € 35 a year. As a donor, you enjoy a number of extra benefits. You will receive a personal donor pass, which allows you to visit our museum with a nice discount, regardless of the number of times you visit. And you will receive our periodical “Het Lokaalspoor: If you wish to know more, you may contact us by phone via (+31-)5357 21516, fill out our form or mail to

If you have already decided, you may also fill in the form below.

  • I will transmit my contribution (minimum EUR 30.00) on: ING Bank account number (IBAN number) NL09 INGB 0001 4185 80 (BIC Code INGBNL2A), to: Stichting Museum Buurtspoorweg Haaksbergen, while mentioning “Donatie 20.. (please fill in the year concerned). After having received your donation we will send the Donatiekaart (your pass) as soon as possible, plus the most recent issue of “Het Lokaalspoor”. All the workers and volunteers of Museum Buurtspoorweg thank you kindly for your support.



The local railways in the regions Twente and the Achterhoek were constructed on the initiative of the business world. The Museum Buurtspoorweg also maintains good relations with businesses in the region. Many companies and private persons became sponsor and supported us in many ways. Sometimes such a support may be financial, but sometimes of a practical nature as well, since we are an organisation with manifold activities; therefore sponsoring may have many faces. Just think of technical work or materials, green maintenance, ground and street work, company workwear, exhibition preparation, playground equipment, glazing and upholstery.


Donations are essential for us! We have many plans and these may only be achieved when many push their shoulders underneath it all. Our volunteers are working with lots of dedication in order to keep our museum living and touchable. But donations are also needed in money. materials and knowledge in order to maintain the desired growth and maintenance of the collection.

Notably due to the increasing operational costs and the very complex legislation and regulation which apply to our railway, the operational costs do tend to increase.

Since its foundation in 1967 the Museum Buurtspoorweg has succeeded in its survival without train operating grants from any governments, thanks to its own-acquired donations. This is unique for a museum with such a large collection and a large number of visitors. Therefore we’re always looking for funds and donations enabling us to realise a project!


ANBI (tax reduction)

Museum Buurtspoorweg has been recognised by the Dutch Tax Office as ANBI. This means that donations to the Charity or ANBI are tax-deductable.

For information, please contact as to learn how to donate under this regulation with the best success.



Apart from the regular maintenance, restauration projects are being started up. This involves for the item that needs restoration, such as rolling stock, buildings, infrastructure, art works etcetera, the drafting of a project plan with a description of the project and what it is supposed to deliver, the works to be carried out, the required knowledge and people, the needed means (both materials and money) and a planning. A nice example is the recent restoration of the Wismar railbus: this was put back into service once again after 12 long years of restoration work.



Money is always needed for bigger and smaller projects. Apart from the materials and the volunteer input, just think of the rent of special tools or the making of casting models. Every contribution is welcome and there is always the satisfying project completion in return!



During the restoration of objects, sometimes over 100 years old, many parts are being constructed on the spot by our people. We need materials for this.

There are also parts which we can’t construct ourselves: then we would be seeking suppliers. In short, apart from financial donations we’re also looking for sponsors of the needed materials!



A lot of knowledge may be found in our organisation, but of course we can’t know everything all by ourselves. Quite often restorations ask for specific knowledge or skills which we don’t have in-house. This is by the way not limited to technical restoration matters, but also marketing, or training of volunteers.

Here too your help would be most welcome!