Trainpics: Austria - Salzkammergut
The Salzkammergutbahn of the ÖBB - the Austrian State Railway - leads from Attnang-Puchheim in the North via Bad Ischl to Steinach-Irdning, which is located in the austrian Ennstal.
Despite the mountainous terrain, in which the line is situated, it could be opened in 1877 already, after only two years of construction. Seven years later the line, that was originally built and operated by the "Kronprinz-Rudolf-Bahn" (KRB), was nationalized. In 1924, it was electrified.
As the Salzkammergut line does allow only moderate speeds, many older locomotives, which aren't fulfilling the requirements elsewhere, have been in use on that line. When I visited the line in 1990, 1991 and 1995, he classes 1041 and 1141 could still be seen hauling passenger trains - and in the early 90ies, even the the antiquated 1080s were in use.
All pics are taken on the southern part of the Salzkammergut line.
last update: 30th March 2003