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Lokalbahn Herbst

The Payerbach Lokalbahn makes its way through the beautiful Schwarzatal valley with the fall colors at their peak. The railway, also known as the Höllentalbahn is a short 3 Km line which was built to connect the Suedbahn mainline (the world famous Semmering pass) several industries located in the mountains at Hirschwang. The railway was opened in 1918 for freight traffic and later passenger traffic in 1926. The railways passenger service served to bring people the the Raxseilbahn, the first cable car in Austria. However in 1962 due to deteriorating track conditions the line was again closed to passenger service and the equipment was sold off to another narrow gauge line in Austria. The freight service amazingly continued until 1982, after which the line was converted to a museum railway. In another miracle the historical society was able to buy back several of the old passenger wagons and rebuild the motor wagon seen here to its original conditions. Today the line operates on Sundays during the summer offering passengers a short but memorable ride through spectacular scenery. This line has long been on my list but its hard to pull myself away from the Semmering main. Today proved it was definitely worth doing so!


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Taken on October 25, 2020