21. May 2006

Programme for the Royal visit

Programme for the visit on May 23rd, 2006 to the Danish Tramway Museum Skjoldenaesholm by their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik og Crown Princess Mary for the presentation and inaugural ride on the State of Victoria's tram gift in connection with the birth and baptizing of Prince Christian - Melbourne tram M&MTB 965:

Arrival at the depot area of the museum 12:30

Welcome by Museum Chairman Mikael Lund and Deputy Chairman Per Tingman Møller

Flowers to be handed over by 7-year old Ringsted-girl Sofie Bech Norgaard, who is granddaughter of one of the active members at the museum

Introduction to specially invited guests:
Mr. David Buckingham, Agent General for the State of Victoria
Mrs. Susan Allen, Australia's Deputy Ambassador to Denmark
Mr. Howard Clark, Chairman of Sydney Tramway Museum and Mrs. Marina Clark
Managing Director Mr. Lars-Erik Brenøe, A.P. Møller-Maersk Shipping Groupand and Mrs. Inge Brenøe
Ringsted's Mayor Niels Ulrich Hermansen and Ms. Lene Hansen
Deputy Mayor Benny Christensen
Mr. Poul Nødgaard, Deputy Chairman of the Danish Parliament (elected in Ringsted) and Mrs. Hanne Nødgaard
Mayor Mads Lebech, Chairman of H.U.R. (Greater Copenhagen Transport Authority)
Secretary Per Soegaard, Danish Tramway Museum
Welcome by Chairman Mikael Lund 12:35
Presentation of and guided tour externally and internally of the royal Melbourne tram 12:42

Inaugural ride on the museum line

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary drives the tram under guidance of museum workshop manager Jørgen Krog and assistant workshop manager Morten Storgaard

At the passing loop 'Skovkanten' about 800 metres from the museum His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik takes over for the remaining stretch to the end loop Ejlers Eg about 1,6 kilometres from the Museum 12:54

Arrival at the Ejlers Eg-loop

Tour of the area and presentation of the 90 year old double deck-tram FS 50 and trailer FS 78
Departure with the oldest electric tramcar in the museum collection, Copenhagen No. 17 from 1897 (open platforms) and corresponding trailer No. 283 The Crown Prince couple will also be offered to drive this tram 13:07
Return to the main Museum area 13:15
Guided tour of the Museum (exhibition, typical tram cars, etc.) 13:20
Refreshments 13:30