The Zillertalbahn – One of My Favourite Railways.

One of my favourite railways, the Zilleralbahn, which I visited in 1983.

There is really nothing to compare this to in BC, though there could be some candidates, if our tourist authorities stop skiing at Whistler and actually craft a product other than winter skiing.

Running through a valley in a well to do rural area, the line is used by tourists and for commuter transport by local people. Railway enthusiasts from all over the world are attracted to it because of its use of steam engines on the narrow gauge railway.

Most of the passenger train services operate using modern diesel locomotives and railcars but the Zillertal Railway also has several steam locomotives which are used with heritage rolling stock for special trains targeting tourists. Goods traffic is carried; standard gauge wagons to and from the main line network are carried on transporter wagons.

In Jenbach the Zillertal Railway meets the ÖBB standard gauge line between Salzburg and Innsbruck and the metre gauge Achenseebahn. Jenbach is the only location in Austria where railways of three different track-gauges meet.



3 Responses to “The Zillertalbahn – One of My Favourite Railways.”
  1. Major Hoople says:

    What you see coming out of the chimney is mostly condensed steam and not smoke.

    The ECU rules for steam locomotives are quite strict and today those operating steam use the very best coal, which is not to be confused with brown coal used in power plants in Europe.

  2. Haveacow says:

    Yes! Always remember the vast majority of ejected particles from steam engine is water vapor. You see a lot of smoke because the spent carbon atoms (from either coal or steam railway fuel-oil) are big and clunky. If you could actually see the majority of the carbon monoxide, or the various oxides of nitrogen atoms which comes from even the most efficient gasoline or diesel engine (they are usually only visible in the infra-red spectrum or very cold temperatures) you would have a very different opinion of the standard car or truck.

  3. zweisystem says:

    Most of those black smoke photos of steam engines is from sand being issued into the firebox to produce the black smoke for photos. When my grandfather worked for the Great Northern, managers were always on the lookout for black smoke issuing from the smoke stack which was an indication of poor firing and a waste of coal or oil.