Category Archives: European Railroads

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

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 View from the ICE

The View from the ICE A look at high-speed rail infrastructure By Ernest H. Robl In 1991, 25 years ago, I was able to arrange a ride on the engine of a

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,

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

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 BR 81 Steam Locomotive

The BR 81 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid The Class BR 81 was introduced in 1928. It was intended to gradually replace the BR 80 which had just been introduced the year

Field Trip with our Physics Teacher

  Field Trip with our Physics Teacher By Roger Heid   In late September of 1957, our High School class was scheduled for one of those dreaded all day field trips. The

The BR 23 Steam Locomotive

The BR 23 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid The DRG BR 23 was conceived to be a replacement for the venerable Prussian P8, later dubbed BR 38. This was back in 1941.