of the photographs down this page were taken in the 80s and 90s
of last century. Between 2001 and today I undertook further excursions
to the Semmering mountain in order to produce new material. Some
fruit of this efforts I put to the following galleries.
down and feel free browsing ...
line across the Semmering is the first European or even world-wide
mountain railroad. In 1854 the scheduled operation started and until
1959 the complete operation was executed with steam locomotives.
At the beginning there were a lot of doubts if such mountain line
may work at all.
first locomotives were built during some engineering competition
and were really adventurous constructions. Not one of them was taken
over for regular operation. The first satisfactory machines were
2-6-0 machines, constructed by Wilhelm Freiherr v. Engerth, they
were able to carry loads up to 140 tons across the ramps. Later
those locos were reconstructed into 0-8-0 tender types.
daily pairs of trains were scheduled at the line's start up in 1854.
The travelling time, needed between Gloggnitz and Muerzzuschlag,
was about 2 hours which corresponds to an average speed of 20 km/h.
At that time all brakes were still operated manually.
1937 the stock of steam locos in Gloggnitz and Muerzzuschlag together
was 69 machines in working order and further 8 designated for repair
works. The locomotive series which executed the ramp operation were:
54, 56, 156, 257, 58, 258, 77, 91, 92, 392, 95 (OeBB numbers).