A diesel rail car of the FS Class ALn 663 seen at the railway station of Udine. These cars were built by Fiat Ferroviaria in the years 1983 – 1993. The depicted rail car is in use for the line Udine – Cividale del Friuli.
This ‘old’ steam locomotive Z11 was actually built in 1992 as part of the class 999.2. It is operated by the Schafberg Railway (Schafbergbahn) which is leading from Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut up to the Schafberg. This metre gauge cog railway is pretty steep, at a total lenght of 5.85 km it gains about 1,200 m height difference.
The Selke Valley Railway (Selketalbahn) connects the places Quedlingburg and Hasselfelde/Eisfelder Talmühle with a branch to Harzgerode. It is part of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (Harzer Schmalspurbahnen), the largest narrow gauge network in Germany. At my first visit I took a ride from Alexisbad to Gernrode.
While waiting for my steam train heading to Gernrode, I came across a diesel railbus of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (Harzer Schmalspurbahnen). This narrow gauge diesel railbus was built in 1999 for the lines of the HSB.
This electric locomotive ÖBB 1040.09, built in 1951, is located as an exhibit at the Waldviertel railway museum (Waldviertler Eisenbahnmuseum) in Sigmundsherberg. In addition to material about Austrian railways, you can also see an exhibition about the Sigmundsherberg POW camp from World War I. [German]
On the tracks of a former narrow-gauge railway between Ruprechtshofen and Wieselburg one have the chance to drive a draisine now. On a line of about 11 km one drive through a small area of swamp and after overcoming a little hill and having a break there one can dashing down to Wieselburg.
On my night stroll through the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, an industrial heritage park in the Ruhr area, I came across this torpedo car. These cars are used for hauling molten pig iron from the blast furnace to the next processing unit.
Inside Hauptbahnhof Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt Central Station) there are two small rooms showing information about a railway line project between Graz and Klagenfurt generally known as Koralmbahn (Koralm Railway). The focus is on the Carinthian part of the line between Lavanttal and Klagenfurt.
Today I took the high speed train from Zurich to Budapest passing the new 13 km long tunnel (Wienerwaldtunnel) between Sankt Pölten and Vienna which had been opened the day before. So what was my first impression? Ok, the train was fast but as you can imagine there is nothing to see in such a tunnel. Which brought an interesting question to me…
Interesting mural seen at an abandoned building next to the railway station of Deutsch-Wagram. It shows a train dating back to the first days of passenger trains in Austria. On 23rd November 1837 the first steam train of the Austrian empire started to run from Floridsdorf to Deutsch-Wagram.