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Semmering Railway

The Semmering Railway is a masterpiece of civil engineering from the pioneering days of railway building. It was the first high-mountain railway in the world and it became the prototype for all high-mountain railways. The Semmering Railway passes over 16 stone arch viaducts, through 15 tunnels and over several stone bridges and some small iron bridges. The Kalte Rinne viaduct is the highest and most impressive part of the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is running for 41 km from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag across the Semmering Pass in the mountains between Vienna and Graz in Austria. The highest point of the Semmering Railway is 898 m. The Semmering Railway was built between 1848-1854 and was the last link in the Southern Railway between Vienna and Trieste in Italy. The Semmering Railway was designed by Carl Ritter von Ghega. The Semmering Railway was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. Another Alpine railway, the UNESCO World Heritage: The Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland.

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Semmering Railway - The Kalte Rinne viaduct, also known as the 20-Schilling Blick, is the most impressive part of the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is...

The Kalte Rinne viaduct, also known as the 20-Schilling Blick, is the most impressive part of the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is the last link between Vienna and Trieste. The construction started in 1848, it took six years to complete. The railway is a handmade railway line, there were no tunnel drilling machines at that time, so they had to do drill all the tunnels by hand. The Semmering Railway is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  1. Semmering Railway - The Kalte Rinne viaduct, also known as the 20-Schilling Blick, is the most impressive part of the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is...

    The Kalte Rinne viaduct, also known as the 20-Schilling Blick, is the most impressive part of the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is the last link between Vienna and Trieste. The construction started in 1848, it took six years to complete. The railway is a handmade railway line, there were no tunnel drilling machines at that time, so they had to do drill all the tunnels by hand. The Semmering Railway is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  2. Semmering Railway - Semmering Railway: The 20-Schilling Blick is the viewpoint from where you can see the same view as it was depicted on the former 20-shilling...

    Semmering Railway: The 20-Schilling Blick is the viewpoint from where you can see the same view as it was depicted on the former 20-shilling banknote of Austria. It is the most famous and most imposing viewpoint of the Semmering Railway. The 20-Schilling Blick is situated along the Semmering Railway between the Austrian towns of Breitenstein and Mürzzuschlag where the Mürzzuschlag Southern Railway Museum is situated.

  3. Semmering Railway - The 20-Schilling view, the heart of the Semmering Railway, consists of the Kalte Rinne Viaduct, the Polleros Tunnel, the Krausel Klause...

    The 20-Schilling view, the heart of the Semmering Railway, consists of the Kalte Rinne Viaduct, the Polleros Tunnel, the Krausel Klause Viaduct and Krausel Tunnel. The Semmering Railway is a masterpiece of civil engineering from the pioneering days of railway building. The Semmering Railway is running across the Semmering Pass in the high mountains between Vienna and Graz. In 1854, the first passenger train crossed the Semmering Pass.

  4. Semmering Railway - Semmering Railway: The railway station of Semmering, the small village lies halfway between Vienna and Graz along the Semmering Railway. The...

    Semmering Railway: The railway station of Semmering, the small village lies halfway between Vienna and Graz along the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway was designed by the civil engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega. When the Semmering Railway was completed in 1854, it brought numerous tourists from Vienna and Graz to the tiny mountain village of Semmering. Nowadays, Semmering is a well known Alpine resort in Austria.

  5. Semmering Railway - Semmering Railway: The old Semmering Tunnel is located nearby the railway station of the tiny village of Semmering. Semmering is located...

    Semmering Railway: The old Semmering Tunnel is located nearby the railway station of the tiny village of Semmering. Semmering is located on the highest point of the Semmering Railway. The railway was the last link in the Southern Railway between Vienna in Austria and Trieste in Italy. The construction of a new tunnel started in 2015, the Semmering Base Tunnel will be completed in 2024.

  6. Semmering Railway - Semmering Railway: The Schwarza viaduct crossing the Schwarza River, the viaduct is located in Payerbach, it is 228 metres long and 25 metres...

    Semmering Railway: The Schwarza viaduct crossing the Schwarza River, the viaduct is located in Payerbach, it is 228 metres long and 25 metres high and is the longest viaduct of the Semmering Railway. The railway passes over sixteen viaducts, through fifteen tunnels, over numerous small stone bridges and iron bridges, all made by hand. The Semmering Railway is considered a true masterpiece of civil engineering from the pioneering days of railway building.

  7. Semmering Railway - The Schwarza Railway Viaduct at the town of Payerbach is the longest viaduct of the Semmering Railway. The construction of the railway...

    The Schwarza Railway Viaduct at the town of Payerbach is the longest viaduct of the Semmering Railway. The construction of the railway started in 1848, about 15,000 to 20,000 people worked on the construction of the Semmering Railway, about 700 of them died during the construction. The railway was completed in 1854. The Semmering Railway has a track lenght of 41 km and overcomes an altitude difference of 457 metres, the highst point is 896 metres.

  8. Semmering Railway - Semmering Railway near Mürzzuschlag. The Mürzzuschlag Southern Railway Museum, featuring the history of the Semmering Railway,...

    Semmering Railway near Mürzzuschlag. The Mürzzuschlag Southern Railway Museum, featuring the history of the Semmering Railway, the museum houses also a collection of locomotives and associated equipment, such as a locomotive, dating from 1854, the year, the Semmering Railway was completed.  It was the first high-mountain railway in the world and it became the prototype for all high-mountain railways.