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HEADQURTERS

c/o ATB - via Monte Gleno 13 (corner via Berenson) - 24125 BERGAMO

Our headquarters it is located in the basement next to the Bergamo Transport Museum, set up by ATB at its headquarters in via Gleno 13.

The headquarters are open to visitors on Friday, from 21.00 to 23.30.

Visitors are welcome; please arrange your visit by contacting the President, the Secretary or the secretariat's e-mail. Please note that Visitors' and members’ entrance is from the ATB personnel access, from via Berenson.

Where we are

Models are not the only attraction of the GFO Headquarters. The Group's well-stocked library has found a place in the current premises, and contains a complete collections of the major Italian and foreign magazines, a good part of the railway-themed books released in Italy, and technical, illustrative, or historical material.
Also present in our library are FS manuals, as well as technical sheets from several manufacturers of railway-related equipment.

A collection of railroad-themed DVDs is available, which can be viewed on site or borrowed by Members for home viewing. A special evening – usually, the last Friday of each month - is specifically dedicated to railfans: videoprojection equipment is present on the premises.

In January 2010, a series of interventions aimed at the renewal of the group headquarters began. The most important was the transfer of the H0 layout depicting the two railroads that run through mountain valleys in the area. The impressive layout was donated by Franco Bonomi and Erli Pievani, moved from Erli’s place, and adapted to its current location by adding a few “transition” scenes.
This grandiose and unique work reproduces the former Ferrovia della Valle Brembana (FVB, operating under an unusual 6 kV AC overhead wire from 1906 to 1964) and the Ferrovia della Valle Seriana (FVS, operating from 1882 to 1966 under steam and Diesel power). The current TEB Light Vehicle Railway runs from Bergamo to Albino on the former FVS right of way.
Modeling of both FVB and FVS rolling stock (freight and passenger), locomotives, bridges and tunnels has been carried out to the highest standards, and involved extensive scratchbuilding. Typical geographical features of the area – including railroad and non-railroad buildings along either line – are retained as closely as possible, and the track arrangement in all the 8 stations is faithful to the original under all aspects. The layout runs on DCC, making it possible to reproduce the realistic operation of passenger and freight trains that characterized railroad traffic on either the electrified FVB or the Diesel/steam FVS, as well as on their shared hub in Bergamo and of their connections to the national railway network.

1984-2020, G.F.O. BERGAMO - Gruppo Fermodellistico Orobico ed Amatori Ferrovia
c/o ATB - Via Monte Gleno 13 (angolo via Berenson) - 24125 BERGAMO