Category Archives: Austria

Twins from Different Parents

Twins from Different Parents Austria’s ÖBB 2043 / 2143 road diesels By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s series 2043 and 2143 B-B diesel road locomotives are somewhat like twins — born to different

150 Years over the Brenner

150 Years Over the Brenner by Rail Austria marks an anniversary with a special locomotive scheme By Ernest H. Robl Unlike in the United States, where a single event — the driving

ÖBB’s 2068 Diesel Switchers

ÖBB’s 2068 Diesel Switchers A homely locomotive that still has its charms By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s 2068 diesel switchers look somewhat out of place among the many elegant pieces of motive

ÖBB Loco Numbering

ÖBB Loco Numbering Making sense of Austrian class numbers By Ernest H. Robl People have asked me, both here and elsewhere, how the Austrian (primarily ÖBB) locomotive numbering scheme works. I thought

The Big Screwdrivers …

The Big Screwdrivers … And other memories of Vienna transit By Ernest H. Robl My parents never owned a car until we came to the United States in the second half of

Austria’s 1245.5 Electrics

Austria’s 1245.5 Electrics Veteran locomotives with a rich history By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s 1245.5 series of electric boxcab locomotives never got much respect – except from the veteran locomotive engineers who

A Picture Is Worth …

A Picture Is Worth … … A second look By Ernest H. Robl In preparation for major construction on my layout, I’ve been acquiring scenic components – and in some cases partly

The Slow Side of the Danube

The following article was marketed to newspaper travel sections in 1995, based on a trip I made in 1993. It covers much the same area of Austria as my earlier Blog article,

ÖBB 1044/1144 Electric Locomotives

Modern Austrian icons 3 The ÖBB 1044/1144 Electric Locomotives By Ernest H. Robl The class 1044 Bo-Bo electric locomotive was the mainstay of Austrian (ÖBB) mainline operations on electrified mainlines during the

The Siemens Taurus Family

Modern Austrian icons 2 The Siemens Taurus Family By Ernest H. Robl Austria’s ÖBB class 1016, 1116, 1216 locomotives are part of the Siemens Taurus (Latin for Bull) family of high-performance electric