A nostalgic train ride–The Achensee cog railway

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The Achensee Cog Railway runs between Jenbach in the                                                            Inntal Valley and Seespitz on Lake Achensaee.

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.

12 b Jenbach station


01 Jenbach station

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.

13 b Clear track ahead14 b Working hard

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.

16 b Change over

The final section is a flat run alongside the lake where the train links up with the ferry.

07 Terminus at Seespitz

06 Seespitz

                                                       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.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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