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Successfull steam train trips at the Hauenstein 2010

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The popular steam train trips at the Hauenstein were successful again this year.

The two attached newspaper articles show a summary of the event and give an outlook regarding future trend.


Basler Zeitung vom 06.08.2010

Volksstimme vom 12.08.2010

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 13:55

Tagesschau vom 31.07.2010

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Tagesschau vom 31.07.2010

Photos and further information is available under Current Trips


Last Updated on Monday, 02 August 2010 15:55

Steam train trips at Hauenstein 2010

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Regarding the success of the previous steam train trips at Hauenstein, trips are offered again this year. For further information look at current trips

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 19:21

Modernizing Snow Ploughs, Production of further 20 Units

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Test, approval and transfer trips were done in one go from Knittelfeld via Selzthal to Bischofshofen. There was not much snow, but it was freezingly cold. Foto: Roger Waller, 21.12.2009

In the mean time production of the further 20 roller bearing wheelsets has begun.

 Erster Klimaschneepflug mit Rollenlagern

The first roller bearing equipped wheelsets (based on technology developed for 52 8055 !) were delivered at the beginning of Dezember 2009 by DLM to the ÖBB-Workshop at Knittelfeld. Foto: Roger Waller, 12.12.2009 in Knittelfeld.

Radsaetze mit Rollenlagern fuer Schneepfluege

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 14:55

Full Steam on the Hauenstein

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52 8055 Rümlinger Viadukt Bild: Georg Trüb
52 8055 Rümlinger Viadukt Bild: Georg Trüb

Successful Pilot Project „Full Steam on the Hauenstein“

Good utilization of the steam trains and positive responses

The pilot project „Full Steam on the Hauenstein“ was successful. The average utilization of the steam trains was more then 65 percent. Exact figures will be published in a few weeks, but it is already clear that all aims have been met or surpassed.

The pilot project „Full Steam on the Hauenstein“ has fulfilled all expectations. The daily operation for two weeks with altogether 78 trips on this steeply graded, scenic branch line demonstrated convincingly, that attractive steam trains draw the crowd. Especially in off-peak times the standard electric trains are underused resulting in poor economics on this line. Residents and passengers estimated the very clean operation of the modernized 52 8055, no smoke, no soot, no cinders, no cinders, no sparks, only light traces of white steam escaped the chimney. Or as a resident once said: “Romance without dirt, that’s just wonderful”.

The idea of improving the economics of underused branch lines by adding attractive steam trains works out well. In future it is planned to replace some of the electric trains as it does not make sense to run an electric train with five passengers in addition to a steam train with 150 passengers. However, a new steam locomotive will be required to allow remote-controlled push-pull operation.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 14:55

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