Zillertal Railway

47.23136911.8813625Koordinaten: 47 ° 13 ' 53 "N, 11 ° 52' 53 " O

The Zillertal Railway is an Austrian narrow gauge railway in the Bosnian gauge of 760 mm. Leads you through the Zillertal in Tyrol from Jenbach to Mayrhofen. Owner and operator of the route is the Zillertal transport company Ltd. - formerly Zillertal Bahn AG - headquartered in Jenbach. At the company's neighboring communities of the route are primarily involved. In addition to the web, the company also operates several bus routes in the region.


Since the late 1860s was required due to the poor road conditions in the Zillertal repeatedly isolated in the press to build a railway line. The existing road was bad to drive, it was, for example, through swamps. Schedule also had to travelers to Mayrhofen an overnight stay in Zell am Ziller. But until 1892, the community leaders were united and formed a so-called railway committee that three years later the railway construction then decided definitively. Several projects were considered by Brixlegg from along the right bank of the Ziller, today's lines and a connection to the Pinzgau Local Railway over the Gerlos. The question of whether the standard gauge or smaller Bosnian gauge (760 mm) should be used, was considered. But for cost reasons, and military considerations were decisive in favor of the narrow gauge variant. As a corporate form was chosen, the corporation for the purchase of capital stock. In July 1898 eventually became the required registered capital of 150,000 florins, or 300,000 crowns, today reaches about 1.2 million euros. In order to obtain the necessary state concession, certain you a member of parliament, a hotelier, and a doctor, all respectable citizens, as an applicant. The concession was awarded on December 2, 1895 by kk Railway Minister Heinrich von Wittek, and on December 26, 1899, founded the Zillerthal train Actiengesellschaft. In 1900 was the start of construction, was put into operation the route in four stages. On 31 July 1902, the last section of Zell am Ziller to Mayrhofen, whose construction was delayed due to financial reasons, opened.

As an initial endowment, the Company had two steam locomotives of the series U, 10 passenger cars and 22 freight cars. A better financial backing received the railway from 1927 to 1976 by ​​the magnesite mine in Vorderlanersbach. Already in the 1920s the first railcar was purchased with a combustion engine. The mid- 1960s should be discontinued in favor of the expansion of Zillertalstraße the Zillertal Railway, however. For the construction of the storage power station in Mayrhofen (built 1965-1971 ), the train was able to secure a vehicle for building material ( 325,000 tons of cement ) and device their continued existence. For this transport task trolley and two diesel locomotives were purchased for freight trains. Since 1980, tracks and vehicles were thoroughly overhauled. Since 2003, the new reinforced Innbrücke at Redwood is in operation. In 2007, the partially double-track extension of the Zillertal Railway began. Since 1 August 2011, the station Laimach Regional Museum is operated.

The route now serves mainly the transport, the tourist traffic and freight ( timber transport ) and from the wood-processing operation Binder Holz GmbH in the Zillertal. The freight was in 2013 almost reduced to zero because Binderholz has switched to truck traffic. The trolleys are therefore stacked in Jenbach up to using it again. As required runs in the morning 9-10 clock nor a freight train for the removal of wood products (sawn timber ).

By 2014, the Zillertal Railway to be extended along the Ziller to the valley station of the Ahorn cable car connection under the Penkenbahn. The exact track alignment is still unclear.


At the Zillertal transport company AG include 60.8 % various Tyrolean municipalities, 4.9% of the Republic of Austria ( the Ministry of Transport assumed ), the rest is free float.


In Jenbach the Zillertal railway strikes the Western Railway, which leads than standard gauge railway from Vienna to Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck and Bregenz. Also in Jenbach it also has connection to the Achensee Railway, a narrow gauge rack railway. Thus meet in Jenbach as the only place in Austria three different gauges successive.

With the timetable change in December 2008, some two-lane sections were put into operation, between Kaltenbach and Aschau and between Zell am Ziller and Ramsau Electronic Guest. The trains run through in about every 30 minutes. With the timetable change in December 2010, an alternating clock was introduced, which a journey time reduction brings every second ride up to nine minutes. In Strass is now crossed only at every second ride.

Rolling stock

In addition to a fleet of modern diesel locomotives and railcars the Zillertal Railway has several operable steam locomotives, " steam slow trains " will be performed as a complementary tourist offer with them.

The railcar VT 3-8 were purchased together with control and intermediate cars in the 1980s and 1990s and initiated a fundamental modernization of the Zillertal Railway:

This generation of vehicles will be modernized since 2005, they are painted in the new design and obtain, among other things, a new interior with comfortable seats. As of 2004, four powerful locomotives have already been ordered Gmeinder D 75 BB -SE and eight low-floor vehicles. Were delivered:

  • 2005 D 13-14
  • 2007 D 15-16, VS 5, 34 B4
  • 2008 VS 7, B4 35-36
  • 2009 VS 6, B4 37-38

Low-floor and older vehicles drive today usually in mixed mode to carry at least one barrier-free cars on all trains. The historic passenger coaches find today including some used procured by the ÖBB car use in the tourist trains.

The beginning of 2013 came from the Pinzgaubahn as a long -term loan from the Vts 11 to the Zillertal Railway, which was classified as VT 1 in the vehicle fleet. In exchange, the Pinzgaubahn received from the Zillertal railway passenger cars BD4 42 ( now SLB VBDS 251 ) and the Lok 2 "Zillertal". The VT 1 received in the workshops of the typical red color Pinzgaubahn dress and necessary for the Zillertal railway connections on the front. Furthermore, the interior has been modernized so that the passengers can now take on comfortable seats that were installed in the low-floor vehicles, space. It is thus the first "real" VT 5090 at the Zillertal railway with two cabs per side of the vehicle. Nevertheless, the railcar is used only in conjunction with other intermediate cars. Possible compilation are, for example, VT 1 trailers VT or VT 3-8 1 control car.

Also in 2013 came two small diesel locomotives D1 and D2 Year 1991 Zillertal Railway. The D1 serves as a replacement for the D11, which had to give up their gear after an irreparable damage to the D12 and is inoperable. Soon she comes back to the Rhein- Sieg-Eisenbahn. D2 later replace D12, which is still operable. The D1 and D2 of the Diepholzer Maschinenfabrik " DIEMA " came from HOLCIM cement plant in Brunnen ( Switzerland ) and were unnecessary because the local plant closure. The D1 has already received the typical red color dress and will soon get a radio remote control. Since the cabs are very low and allow towards stem just a bad view, the cabs will soon be increased.

A special feature was the diesel-electric multiple unit VT1, who was from 1970 to 1997 and regularly until 1999 then just helping out in use. The train had been created in 1961-1963 Rotterdam for the kapspurige interurban network of two meter-gauge catenary tramcars the DB Class ET 195, where a newly-built generator car was attached to the power supply of the two railcars. In February 1966, the operation was stopped and umgespurt the trainset after sale to the Zillertal railway again. Upon their retirement in the example, he was returned to the Netherlands and operates there since 2002 when the RTM museum railway in Ouddorp.

Freight traffic is now handled exclusively loaded on trolleys standard gauge cars.


As part of the Zillertal Railway guest a game of operational narrow gauge train with steam locomotive and rails was demonstrated in numerous places in Austria and Germany.

On 21 April 2006 drove the only listed once Gletscherschaupiel " Mars: 2068 " a steam locomotive on the Rettenbachferner above Sölden.

In spring 2011, the Diesel D 15 was provided with a black advertising film to promote the " Zillertal Active Card ". Likewise, since the early summer touting the now blue D 16 for the " Eagle's Stage " of Mayrhofen Mountain Lifts.


The Zillertal Railway operates several regional bus routes in and around the Zillertal. The main line runs from Mayrhofen about Jenbach, Schwaz and Wattens to Innsbruck. But the guest and village Mayrhofen - Hippach is operated. Furthermore, lines of Jenbach to Achensee and high alpine mountain flying to high, add, Schwendberg led Zillertal Alps in the high mountain nature park.

In addition to regular services and vehicles for bus travel are provided.

Rolling stock




Lok 4

Hobby train