The line is 6.78 km in length and the track gauge is 1000mm
During the journey from Jenbach the train climbs 440 metres with a maximum incline of 16%
It is the oldest steam cog railway in Europe and has been in constant use since 1889.
There are currently three steam locomotives in service, No 2 – Herman, No 3 – George and No 4 – Hannah. The passenger stock consists of four open and two closed four wheel coaches.
At Jenbach station the locomotive links up with the rear of the coaches.
It then pushes the train up the steep slope to Maurach using the Riggenbach rack system. We sat at the front of the lead coach to give us a good view of the track ahead. Looking back we could see the locomotive belching out smoke and making hard work of the climb.
At Eben the line reaches its highest point and it then descends gently to Achensee. At Maurach there is a short stop whilst the engine is manoeuvred to the front to pull the coaches into the terminus at Seespitz.
The final section is a flat run alongside the lake where the train links up with the ferry.
Hannah at Seespitz
It had been a fascinating way to pass away the morning while the clouds lifted.
The return journey costs 29.50 euro but we were able to use our Achensee Card. We had covered the cost of the card in the first two days.