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Historic Pictures from the Achenseebahn, Austria

James Waite writes:

The Achenseebahn is a metre gauge rack railway (Riggenbach system) - it opened in 1889 and hasn't greatly changed since.

The rack section starts just outside Jenbach station and the locos push the trains as far as the top of the rack at Eben which is the highest point on the line. There they run round and haul the train on the adhesion stretch through the centre of Maurach, the largest village in the district, to the terminus on the lake at Seespitz from where there are boat trips around the lake.

We spent a family holiday at Maurach in 1990, staying at the 'Appartments Christian' which overlook the line just outside Maurach station. I was into video at the time and unfortunately don't have any pictures from the trip. I see the apartments are still in business and have their own website at Very clean and comfortable and if you stay at the back of the building there's an uninterrupted view of the line a few feet away from your balcony!

The loco shed is at Jenbach but was more or less completely destroyed in a 2008 fire. Locos no's. 1 and 2 were extensively damaged and no. 1 is probably beyond repair. The old shed was an attractive wooden place with access by a hand-operated traverser.

Jenbach station in July 1971

The train approaching Seespitz in August 1979:

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Rob Dickinson