The International Steam Pages
Steyrtalbahn 125th Anniversary Train, 2014
James Waite writes:
The Steyrtalbahn's 125th anniversary train ran on 19th August 2014, the precise date of the anniversary of the line's opening in
1889 as the first 760mm gauge line in Austria. The loco is no 2 "Sierning" (Krauss Linz 1994/1888), the loco which hauled the first train and one of three built for the railway's opening. They were the first of the Austrian 760mm gauge 0-6-2T's. Until recently it has run as OBB no 298.102.
The line was closed by the OBB in 1982 and has been run by an enthusiast group since 1985.
The loco raising steam outside the loco shed at Grunburg, the line's southern terminus and its operating centre, just after sunrise:
This is no 6 "Klaus" (Krauss Linz 6925/1914), the last loco built for the Steyrtalbahn before it was taken over by the state railway in 1931. It was in steam at Steyr Lokalbahnhof, the northern terminus, as spare loco but in the event wasn't needed.
This is at Grunburg waiting to set off on the return trip to Steyr.
At the end of the trip the train ran back to Grunburg as an empty train. Happily by then the sun had come out properly and most of the passengers had departed other than the clerical gentleman talking to the driver at Steyr Lokalbahnhof.
Finally the empty train sets off from Steyr.