Schafberg Railway

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Schafbergbahn
Schafberg Bahn.jpg
Schafbergbahn near St. Wolfgang
Overview
TypeRack railway
LocaleAustria St. Wolfgang (Austria)
TerminiSt. Wolfgang
Schafbergspitze
Stations4[1]
Operation
Opened1893[1]
OwnerAustrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Operator(s)SLB[1]
Technical
Line length5.85 km (3.64 mi)[1]
Number of tracksSingle track[1]
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)[1]
Electrificationno[1]
Maximum incline26%[1]

The Schafberg Railway (German: Schafbergbahn) is a metre gauge cog railway in Upper Austria and Salzburg leading from Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut up to the Schafberg (1,783 m). With a total length of 5.85 km it gains about 1,200 m in height difference. Railway operation started in 1893.

Overview[edit]

The rail gauge is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in). It uses the Abt system. Today steam locomotives (both oil and coal fired), two modern Stadler-manufactured diesel locomotives,[2] and a diesel railcar are in operation. Owned by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), it is operated by the local company SLB (SchafbergBahn und Wolfgangsee Schifffahrt), part of the Salzburg AG group,[1] that operates also the shipping on the Wolfgangsee lake.[3]

Route[edit]

The lower station is located in the east of St. Wolfgang (in the state of Upper Austria), in front of Wolfgangsee. After leaving the town, and starting to climb the mountain, the line enters in the municipal territory of St. Gilgen, in the state of Salzburg. Nearest railway was the Salzkammergut-Lokalbahn Salzburg-Bad Ischl (closed in 1957), that counted a "St. Wolfgang" station in the opposite side of the lake, linked to Schafbergbahn's one with a ferry.[4]

Station[5][6] Km Amsl Notes
St. Wolfgang
0.00
542
lower station, train depot
Dorneralpe
2.70
1,010
water station, no passenger service
Schafbergalpe
4.00
1,363
guest house
Schafbergspitze
5.85
1,732
summit station, guest house

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Literature[edit]

A 5099 railcar (ÖBB) and a steam train at St. Wolfgang station
  • Gunter Mackinger: Schafbergbahn und Wolfgangseeschiffe. Verlag Kenning, Nordhorn, 2008 - ISBN 978-3-933613-92-9

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Coordinates: 47°45′23″N 13°25′49″E / 47.75639°N 13.43028°E / 47.75639; 13.43028