The Wiener Lokalbahnen (WLB) are a transportation company in Greater Vienna, Austria. They are one of the two transportation subsidiaries of the city-owned Wiener Stadtwerke holding, the other one being Wiener Linien.
The WLB operate the Badner Bahn, a double tracked (except a single tracked segment in Baden) and completely electrified railway from Vienna to Baden, as well as several bus lines. The entire public passenger transportation division is integrated with the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR). The company also offers freight transportation.
Division: Rail passenger traffic
The 30.4 km long railway operates between the Vienna State Opera and Baden Josefsplatz. It handles around 35,000 people every day, bringing them to work, school, Shopping City Süd or various events along the line. Between the stations "Baden Viadukt" and "Baden Leesdorf" and "Wien Schedifkaplatz" and "Wien Oper", the train operates on tram tracks and therefore must travel slowly. On the remaining route, the train operates as a heavy rail train. All together there are 35 train stations and small stops, at which the station "Karlsplatz" only gets served when the train travels in the direction Vienna Opera.
Division: Bus passenger traffic
The WLB operate the bus lines 357, 358, 359, 360 and 361 in the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR). The lines 357, 358 and 359 are the three city bus lines in Baden. The bus line 360, the so-called Casinobus Baden, operates the round-trip Wien Oper – Baden – Bad Vöslau – Gainfarn and is integrated into the night service network of the Wiener Linien. The line 361 operates between Baden, Oeynhausen, Möllersdorf, Bad Vöslau and the "Industriezentrum Niederösterreich Süd".
The WLB are also the operator of the IKEA-bus at the SCS in Vösendorf. For this, one bus of the type MAN NL 263/283 obtained a special foil with the IKEA logo. However, this line has been suspended as of 29 September. 2012. Customers can use the other two IKEA busses leaving from the Siebenhirten metro station (Mo–Sa) or alternatively travel on the "Badner Bahn". The trip segment from Vösendorf Siebenhirten to Vösendorf SCS is free of charge for holders of the Family Card.
Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo (WLC)
The Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo owns the license to travel on tracks in Austria and the EU. The WLC partly uses its own infrastructure (with its own trains), and third party tracks (also with its own trains) for cargo services. The WLC also owns several cargo rail cars. The following trains are used by the WLC:
- 1 diesel engine, built by the former "Jenbacher Werke"
- 3 diesel engines, ex DR, series V100
Three electric locomotives (1116 series) are described as Bosporus-sprinters, because they are equipped with railway supervision systems currently used in trains in Hungary (EVM 120), Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. These trains are currently used in the daily "East Line Shuttle" (Duisburg – Enns/Krems/Wien – Budapest) and in trains going to Hungary.
There are another 8 electric locomotives from the 1116 series, which are mostly used in north-south routes (North sea docks – Austria). These locomotives all wear the colors of the WLC, except the locomotive no. 83, which is red. The WLC colors are blue and creme white.
The cargo division was separated from the main company in late 2007 and is a 100% subsidiary of WLB, run under the name Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo GmbH (WLC). In 2006 the total revenue was 26,1 Mio. EUR. The goal for 2008 is to increase the cargo volume, especially in the combined freight transport.
Wiener Lokalbahnen Verkehrsdienste (WLV)
The main assignment of this company is to transport severely handicapped people. The travel bus division of the WLB was also reassigned to the WLV, and so all travel buses had to be re-registered to the WLV. The fleet for disabled consists of 98 Mercedes vans, which are all handicapped accessible. The travel bus fleet mostly consists of buses of the companies Setra, Volvo and Neoplan.
Wiener Lokalbahnen Busbetrieb (WLBB)
The WLBB was established in 2004, and is operative since early 2005. The first two bus lines of the WLBB were the 27A (since 2 June 2005) and 37A (since 9 October 2005), which were operated on behalf of the Wiener Linien. On 1 February, the bus lines 16A and 60A were transferred from the WLB to the WLBB. Therefore, only the bus lines in the region of Baden are operated by the WLB themselves. Since 6 August 2006 the WLBB operate the Viennese bus line 80A instead of the ÖBB-Postbus GmbH on behalf of the Wiener Linien. In 2012, the Wiener Lokalbahnen sold the WLBB to the Austrian transportation company Gschwindl.
- "Geschäftsführung" (in German). Wiener Lokalbahnen. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Bericht über das Geschäftsjahr 2013" (PDF) (in German). Wiener Lokalbahnen. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Ausbau der Badner Bahn für Pendler". APA-OTS (in German). 23 January 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- IKEA Austria website
- Peter Wolfgang Berndt, Strong expansion in the cargo division; Wiener Lokalbahnen AG opens better connections abroad by forming a subsidiary specializing in cargo. Found in: Cargo trains, Düsseldorf, 1/2008, p. 47; ISSN 1610-5273
- "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG. p. 28. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Sternhart/Pötschner: 100 Jahre Badner Bahn, Slezak Verlag, 1973, ISBN 3-900134-19-7
- Wolfgang Kaiser: Straßenbahnen in Österreich. GeraMond Verlag, 2004 ISBN 3-7654-7198-4
- Media related to Wiener Lokalbahnen at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Wiener Lokalbahnen in the "Stadtverkehr-Austria-Wiki"
- Wiener Lokalbahnen - some pics