The main character of the film is Oleh Hudzeliak. He is student-railroader, a young ambitious activist of preservation of narrow-gauge railways of Ukraine. Oleh often travels by narrow-gauge railways and decides to devote his time to preservation of this valuable asset of the cultural and industrial heritage. He will be traveling by Borzhavska, Vygodska, Polisska and Gaivoronska narrow-gauge railways. During the trip Oleh will be talking to train drivers, pointsmen, workers of stations and depots. They will share fascinating stories about their devoted and persistent work on the narrow-gauge railways. Also, Oleh will stop by Uzhhorod children’s narrow-gauge railway, where the love to railroad is actually being implanted for the future generations.
While keeping in touch with the international community of railway enthusiasts Oleh meets with the other characters of the documentary – Christophe Bachmann and his wife, Caroline Bachmann. Christophe is a Swiss railroader-restorer, railway activist, who has restored a unique 19th century train at his own expense.
Oleh invites Christophe to visit Vygodksa narrow-gauge railway and see miraculous beauty of the Carpathian mountains while traveling the railroad. Christophe, on the other hand, invites Oleh to the French part of Switzerland in order to share the experience of successful preservation and constant development of the mountain narrow-gauge railroad.
Story by Oleksandr Nedbaev, directed, co-produced by Olexander Nedbaev, produced by Pavlo Sushko, co-produced by Olivier Kohler, produced by Philippe Ciampi (Nouvelle Vague Factory). The project is being supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Swiss TV channel RTS, Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk film commissions.
Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is a governmental institution created in 2017 according to laws of Ukraine in order to assist the development of national culture and art in the country, to create favorable conditions for the development of the intellectual and spiritual potential of individuals and society, to create wide access of citizens to the national cultural property, to support cultural diversity and integration of Ukrainian culture into the world’s cultural space. Practices of the Foundation, according to the current legislation, are coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
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