The Hohensalzburg Castle, with the lower route of the Reiszug picked out by two parallel vertical walls, whilst the gateways on the upper route can just be seen
|Line length||191 metres (627 ft)|
|Track gauge||1,300 mm (4 ft 3 3⁄16 in)|
The Reisszug (also spelt Reißzug or Reiszug) is a private funicular railway providing goods access to the Hohensalzburg Castle at Salzburg in Austria. It is notable for its extreme age, as it is believed to date back to either 1495 or 1504.
The line was first documented in 1515 by Cardinal Matthäus Lang, who would later become Archbishop of Salzburg. These dates make it the oldest known funicular in the world, and possibly the oldest existing railway.
The Reisszug still traces its original route through the castle's fortifications. It starts from the grounds of the Nonnberg Abbey, below the eastern walls of the castle. It then rises up at a gradient of 65% to the central courtyard of the fortress, on its way passing through five concentric defensive walls. At the point where the line passes through each wall is a gateway, each of which can be closed by a sturdy wooden door. The presence and obvious age of the gateways serves to confirm Cardinal Lang's description of the line.
The line may have originally used sled-style runners, but wooden rails and wheels were soon adopted. Haulage was accomplished by a hemp rope. Until 1910 the line was operated by human or animal power. Over the years the line has been modified and rebuilt several times, most recently between 1988 and 1990. Today it uses steel rails and a steel cable. Traction is provided by an electric motor, and a closed circuit television system is used to monitor its operation.
|Mode of operation||Manual|
|Length||190 metres (620 ft)|
|Height||80 metres (260 ft)|
|Stations: 2||Nonnberg (
Festung ( , upper)
|Capacity||3 passengers/2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb)|
|Gauge||1,300 mm (4 ft 3 3⁄16 in)|
|Maximum speed||0.5 metres per second (1.6 ft/s)|
|Journey time||5 minutes 45 seconds|
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