Little Steam Trains of Austria
                                 The Zillertal and Achensee Railways

    Its easy to arrange a ride on either line from the town of Jenbach, which is on the main ÖBB Innsbruck-Salzburg line 

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  The Zillertal Railway     The Achensee Railway   

             Lovable, scenic and and unique!

Running through the picturesque Ziller Valley in a high amenity rural area, the line is much appreciated by tourists but is also well used as an ordinary transport method by local people. The terminus is at Mayrhofen, the highly poular Tyrolean mountain resort, the track then runs 32km to the depot at Jenbach station. Railway enthusiasts are attracted to it because of its regular use of steam engines and its unusually small track gauge of 760mm

The line was opened on 31st July 1902 serving the needs of residents of the upper Ziller Valley and giving them access to the railway junction at Jenbach and hence the main line through the Inn valley. At this time the railway had two steam locomotives as well as 10 passenger wagons, and 22 goods and mail wagons. The line was used extensively for carrying magnesium ore mined in the Tux region at the head of the valley from 1928. By 1956 the company was using diesels in its fleet and had also taken over a local bus company. Today the Zillertalbahn runs an extensive road and rail transport network in the valley. There is also chance to drive their "hobby steam train" on summer fridays!
 The Swarovski Crystal wagon!          The Hobby train 

Zillertal steam locomotive fleet

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      The World’s oldest steam cog locomotives

In 1888 Austrian Emperor Kaiser Franz Josef I gave his consent to the construction of the narrow gauge steam cog railway, and since 1889 the Achenseebahn has been transporting holiday-makers and day trippers from he Austrian railway town of Jenbach to the boat station of Seespitz at the southern shore of the Achensee. In those days, the construction of the railway and the track required a high level of pioneering spirit and many at the time were sceptical about this revolutionary means of transport.

Nowadays, not just railway enthusiasts are thrilled by the pure nostalgia of the four perfectly restored and maintained 180 HP locomotives. The little trains huff and puff up the steep mountain with a maximum incline of 160 per thousand – an impressive 7 km in 45 minutes. This highly nostalgic and romantic journey takes you along lush meadows and through alpine forests – you may well get carried away by the impressive views of the Tyrolean Alps and the silvery path of the river Inn –and the promise of more to come. At the end of the line a lake steamer greets you for a relaxing ride on the beautiful Achensee.

Thoroughly recommended!

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