Taufers Railway

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Tauferer Bahn
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Overview
Type passenger/freight
Status abandoned
Termini Bruneck
Taufers
Stations 7
Operation
Opened July 21, 1908
Closed February 2, 1957
Operator(s) Austrian Southern Railway / Ferrovie dello Stato
Technical
Line length 15.40 km (9.57 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 800 Volt direct current

The Tauferer Bahn (English: Taufers Railway) connected Taufers with the city of Bruneck and the Pusterer Bahn.

Track[edit]

Just after leaving the station of Bruneck and after crossing the Rienz, the track followed the Ahr river until the final station in Taufers. Only two bridges were necessary to build the line. One in Uttenheim over the Ahr river and one in Mühlen in Taufers over the Mühlwalder brook. The train stations coming from Bruneck to Taufers were St. Georgen, Gais, Uttenheim, Mühlen in Taufers, Kematen and Taufers.

History[edit]

The railroad was built by the Tirolean railway engineer Josef Riehl and from 1907 onwards 300 people were working on the construction site. The needed 800 Volt direct current for the train where produced by a small power plant in the valley using the water of the Ahr River. Until World War I the service was provided by the Austrian Südbahngesellschaft, which also ran the Brennerbahn and the Pusterer Bahn. The cars had two motors with each 48 Kilowatt power. Because the line had only one track from one end to the other only one train could drive back and forward. Six trains daily got from Bruneck to Taufers and vice versa in 50 minutes. Like many other secondary train lines the service today is made by buses.

Today[edit]

Today[when?] the track is part of the South Tyrolean bike trail network, no signs of the old railway are visible.

Coordinates: 46°55′08″N 11°57′12″E / 46.91889°N 11.95333°E / 46.91889; 11.95333