Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 13: Steam on the Zillertalbahn and the Atchensee

Today’s adventures took us for a steam ride on the Zillertalbahn, one of 3 remaining narrow gauge lines in Austria. We took a S-Bahn train out of Innsbruck to Jenbach. At Jenbach we transferred to a Zillertalbahn train to Zell am Zell. The Train was steam powered and had ten or so twenty foot cars in tow. The rest of the group got off an Zell am Z. However I stayed and rode the rest of the line to Maybach. At Maybach I wandered through the town until I found a pizzeria, called Mamma Mia. This place is trying to be a trendy Italian pizzeria. The music playing is techno, and the atmosphere is retro modern Italian. The food was ok, the salami was kind of bland but it overall was good. Afterwards i got onto train R148 which is the train the rest of the group should be riding on. the equipment is a newer self-propelled DMU. It looks like one section is setup for 2nd class (2+2 seating, and one is setup for first class (2+1 with leather headrests). However the cars are not marked out for 1st or 2nd class.
Upon arriving at Jenbach we transferred to the Achenseebahn Steam Cog Ry. Co. This line was built in 1889 and still uses the locomotives and equipment from that era. After our ride to Achensee, we got on a boat for a cruise around the largest natural lake in Austria. The lake cruise was nice; the boat was actually a passenger ferry making routine stops around the lake. Once we were done with the lake cruise we took the steam cog Ry. down the hill and took a regular OBB train back to Innsbruck. Once we arrived in Innsbruck we decided to ride the "STB" tram however we didn’t get far as the tram schedule was gone due to track work and a closed passing siding on a single track line. We got off our 20 minute plus late tram and got on one heading the other way before service closed for the night.

One of the Steam locomotives employed by the Zillertalbahn.

The menu for the Mamma Mia in Maybach.

One of the 1889 Steam Locomotives for the Achensee Steam Cog Ry with two cars of the same vintage.

a "STB" Tram laying over at the Hauptbahnhof.

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