Category Archives: Austria

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

Austria’s Railjet

Modern Austrian icons 1 Austria’s Railjet By Ernest H. Robl Railjet is Austria’s premier 21st Century long-distance passenger rail service, operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The official logo is all


Falkenstein A real castle for your layout By Ernest H. Robl Do you recognize the structure in the image below?  If you’ve browsed a Kibri catalog in the last 30 years, you

Austria’s ÖBB class 1822

Austria’s ÖBB class 1822 An orphan series that may just give you the perfect train to model By Ernest H. Robl As happens elsewhere in life, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) class

The Trisanna Bridge

The Trisanna Bridge An Austrian icon   By Ernest H. Robl   In the Alpine country west of Innsbruck, Austria, one of the most iconic locations, pictures of which symbolize far western


Transitions By Ernest H. Robl   The end of the year is a time for reflection on what has changed and what hasn’t. So, I thought I would share another of my

An Austrian Railroad Christmas

An Austrian Railroad Christmas Revised repost with pictures  A version of this story appeared in the magazine German Life in 2006.  The story is based on a trip to Austria made in

Comparing U.S. and European Narrow Gauge

Comparing U.S. and European Narrow Gauge Repost with pictures  By Ernest H. Robl An oft repeated myth is that all railroads trace their gauge – the distance between the rails – back