On the occasion of this year's annual general meeting of the 'Society For The Preservation Of The Wiehl Valley Railway', which traditionally took place just before Christmas at the 'Workers' Welfare Association’ (AWO) in Waldbröl, chairman Gerhard Mansel could look back on a successful anniversary year of the community organisation

On October 10th, 2019, it was 25 years to the day that committed citizens from the 'Upper Berg County’ (Oberberg) gathered and founded the 'Society For The Preservation Of The Wiehl Valley Railway’ (Förderkreis zur Rettung der Wiehltalbahn) as a charitable organisation.

 So called 'utility vehicles’ (German: SKL) are absolutely essential for maintenance works on railway lines. Such a 'working tool' - basically a sort of lorry on rails with load bed and working crane, has been in the Wiehl Valley Railway's employ for the past 20 years for work on the heritage-protected Wiehl Valley Railway line.

On March 18th, 2019, a filming crew stopped off at Wiehl-Bielstein to film a scene for a new cinema film. On the site of the 'Zunft Kölsch' brewery for Open Air events a small 'wagon fort' had formed, consisting of lorries, containers, buses and motorcars. The parking lot at the Schlandernser road was blocked for the most part. Reason for this was the shooting for a new cinema film. On this day, the shots were mainly made on and arpound the track of the Wiehl valley railway line.

On December 14th, 2018, the 'Oberbergische Volkszeitung (OVZ)' published a progress report by Jens Höhner in the matter of the 'Jäger' factory unit entitled Fangschiene hält Züge in der Spur (PDF "Check rails keep the trains on the rails" - Sorry, German text only!).