AUSTRIAN RAILWAYS

TRAIN SERVICES AND STATIONS

Austria is one of the most musical countries in the world, with composers including W.A. Mozart and Johann Strauss, and "The Sound Of Music". The eastern part of Austria has the most historic significance, as the location of Wien (Vienna), Austria's capital. Eastern Austria serves as a gateway to several East European countries which for many years had been under communist rule. The western part of Austria is rugged among the Alps, and is close to Switzerland. German is spoken throughout Austria.

Covered here are the train operations at the largest stations in Austria, including track numbers and services typically departing from each track. Typical track assignments are sometimes very general, and are most typical during middays. The German word for station is Bahnhof. And in nearly every large city, the main station is known as the Hauptbahnhof (abbreviated Hbf). Included are English language Wikipedia links for each station, containing further information and history.

Austrian Railways - official OBB Web site, English home page.


PRINCIPAL PASSENGER ROUTES

This list is somewhat arbitrary, highlighting express and international routes.

Wien-Linz-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Zurich (Switzerland)
Wien-Graz
Wien-Klagenfurt-Villach
Munchen (Germany)-Salzburg-Villach-Klagenfurt
Munchen (Germany)-Innsbruck-Brenner (Italy)


OBB STATIONS

Wien (Vienna)

Innsbruck

Klagenfurt

Linz

Salzburg


OBB EXPLAINED
Brief history and explanation of OBB services.

Main lines are electrified at 15,000 volts AC, overhead. Previously the entire Austrian Railways system used left hand operation. But after the 1938 "Anschluss" with Germany, Deutsche Reichsbahn began converting lines to right hand operation. Most notably, on the main line between Wien (Vienna) and Salzburg, right hand operation was adopted from Salzburg as far east as Amstetten. Left hand operation continued to be in use in the area surrounding Wien (Vienna). But the 2012 opening of the new Wien Hauptbahnhof coincided with the start of a project to convert the area railways to right hand operation.