The Thörlerbahn was a 760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in) gauge narrow-gauge railway, operated by the Steiermärkische Landesbahnen between Kapfenberg and Au -Seewiesen in Austria. It connected the region around Aflenz in the Obersteiermark with the southern main line at Kapfenberg.
In rail transport, track gauge is the spacing of the rails on a railway track and is measured between the inner faces of the load-bearing rails.
A narrow-gauge railway is a railway with a track gauge narrower than standard 1,435 mm. Most narrow-gauge railways are between 600 mm and 1,067 mm.
Kapfenberg[ˈkapfənbɛʁk], with around 23,059 inhabitants, is the third largest city in Styria, Austria, near Bruck an der Mur. The town's landmark is Burg Oberkapfenberg. Its main employer is the steel manufacturer Böhler.
The railway was originally planned as a section of a projected railway connection from the Mürztalto Mariazell, and was opened 1893. The line brought an economic upswing to the region because of the availability of goods traffic, and the iron industry particularly profited from the introduction of rail transport. Passenger traffic never achieved great importance, since the larger places were convenient off the distance such as Aflenz or Turnau and also the proposed connection to Mariazell was never realised.
Mariazell is a small city in Austria, in Styria, well known for winter sports, 143 kilometres N. of Graz. It is picturesquely situated in the valley of the Salza, amid the north Styrian Alps.
Turnau is a market town at the foot of the Hochschwab in the Styrian District of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag.
Passenger traffic was stopped on March 15, 1959, and the section from Seebach-Turnau to Au-Seewiesen was closed and removed in 1964. However goods traffic from the iron industry in Thörl continued to develop positively. In the 1960s the railway changed over to diesel traction, modern wagons were procured, and the track upgraded to cope with the increased loads. Lastly at the beginning of the 1990s modern workshops were built at Kapfenberger.
The section from Aflenz to Seebach-Turnau, which only saw sporadic traffic in timber products, was closed at the end of 1990. The Thörlerbahn Association, which was established to protect this section from demolition, in 1991 proposed a tourist operation with borrowed vehicles. This offer was accepted, so in the following years a promising museum course project was developed: passenger vehicles were built based on historical designs on goods wagons chassis and the last original steam engine, No. 6 THÖRL, the last existing locomotive of class Z, was rented from Club 760 and re-activated.
A bank failure in 1995 led to the local iron industry going bankrupt, so after the loss of the largest (and practically only) freight customer, the National Railways felt compelled to close the railway. The Thörlerbahn Association was able to operate over the entire length of the railway until the end of the 1997 season, however for financial reasons were not able to take control of the entire 20 km length. There was a lack of support of the railway in the region, local preferences were to convert the railway into a bicycle track and to widen the federal highway. The Thörlerbahn Association announced bankruptcy after loss of the season 1998, and the vehicles were sold or returned to their owners. On 31 October 1999 a hand trolley was driven on the Thörlerbahn for the last time.
The railway was dismantled in 2003 and 2004.
The Mariazell Railway is an electrically operated narrow-gauge railway which connects the Lower Austrian capital of Sankt Pölten with the Styrian pilgrimage centre of Mariazell. The line was opened in stages between 1898 and 1907, and had a, now closed, branch to Wieselburg an der Erlauf. The railway is operated by NÖVOG, which is owned by the provincial government, and is a part of the Verkehrsverbund Niederösterreich-Burgenland.
Thörl is a market town at the foot of the Hochschwab in the Styrian district of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag.
Rail transport in Montenegro is operated by four separate companies, which independently handle railway infrastructure, passenger transport, cargo transport and maintenance of the rolling stock. The four companies were a part of public company Railways of Montenegro until it was split up in 2008.
The Steyr Valley Railway was a 760 mm narrow gauge railway in Upper Austria, which ran along the valley of the River Steyr from Garsten through Steyr, Grünburg and Molln to Klaus, with a branchline to Sierning and Bad Hall. A section of the line has been retained as a museum railway.
The Ybbs Valley Railway was a narrow-gauge railway of the Austrian Federal Railways with a track gauge of 760 mm, located in the Lower Austrian Mostviertel.
The Lower Austrian Höllental Railway is a narrow gauge electric railway with a track gauge of 760 mm, which runs from the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) station of Payerbach Reichenau on the Semmering Railway for approximately five kilometres through the market town of Reichenau an der Rax to Hirschwang.
The Mur Valley Railway is a 760 mm narrow-gauge railway which runs along the valley of the River Mur from the market town of Unzmarkt through Murau to Tamsweg in the Austrian state of Styria although Tamsweg is just inside the federal state of Salzburg. The railway is operated by ''Steiermärkische Landesbahnen'' and at 76.1 km (47.3 mi) is the forth longest narrow-gauge railway in Austria.
The Klammbachwaldbahn was a 760 mm narrow-gauge forest railway serving the forestry industry in the forests northeast of Achenkirch in Austria. The railway was approximately six kilometres long and ran from Weitgries into the forest nearby. The railway also operated an incline to assist in moving forest products. The railway was built in the First World War by prisoners of war and operated to around 1960.
The Deutscher Eisenbahn-Verein or DEV was founded in November 1964 as the Deutscher Kleinbahn-Verein. Its purpose was the preservation of a working branch line with all its installations as a living open-air museum. The term Kleinbahn was primarily a Prussian concept that referred to light branch lines with lower traffic demands and of more lightweight construction than main lines or normal branch lines, hence the Kleinbahnen were mainly found in northern Germany.
The 750 mm gauge Mügeln railway network was a network of narrow gauge lines in Saxony, eastern Germany, running between Oschatz, Döbeln, Neichen, Strehla and Lommatzsch, whose operational hub was at Mügeln. The routes were built primarily to reach the rural hill country of central Saxony. Mügeln station was once one of the largest narrow gauge railway stations in Europe.
The Taurach Railway is a 760 mm narrow-gauge museum railway in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
The steam locomotives of Südbahn Class 23 (old) were goods train engines worked by the Austrian Southern Railway.
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The German narrow gauge steam locomotives of military field railway (Heeresfeldbahn) class HF 160 D were 0-8-0 tender locomotives developed for wartime service during the Second World War. The engines were also classified as Kriegsdampflokomotive 11 or KDL 11. After the war the locomotives were put to use for civilian purposes.
A forest railway, forest tram, timber line, logging railway or logging railroad is a mode of railway transport which is used for forestry tasks, primarily the transportation of felled logs to sawmills or railway stations.
The Verden–Walsrode Railway or VWE is a transport company with its headquarters in Verden on the River Aller in North Germany.
Mödling and Hinterbrühl Tram or Mödling and Hinterbrühl Local Railway was an electric tramway in Austria, running 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from Mödling to Hinterbrühl, in the southwest of Vienna. The gauge was 1,000 mmmetre gauge. Opened in October 1883, it was the first tram and railway in the world that was run with electricity delivered by an overhead line in permanent service. It was the first electric tram and railway in Austria, and it was the second one installed for definitive service. The operation ceased in March 1932.
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The Bregenz Forest Railway, is an Austrian narrow gauge railway with a track gauge of 760 mm, the so-called Bosnian gauge. It runs through the state of Vorarlberg and used to link Bregenz on Lake Constance with Bezau in the Bregenz Forest on a 35.33 kilometre long railway line. Today only a 5.01 kilometre long section is still worked as a heritage railway. The remaining line has been closed and largely lifted.
Freital-Hainsberg station is a station on the Dresden–Werdau railway in the district of Hainsberg of the municipality of Freital in the German state of Saxony. The Weißeritz Valley Railway branches off to Kipsdorf from the station. Since 31 May 1992, the station has been served by the Dresden S-Bahn.
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.