News 2023.12 - The historic Schneebergbahn
The new historic real wood water car
The ride on the unique and over 100-year-old Schneebergbahn from Puchberg to Hochschneeberg is a real narrow-gauge experience! Almost as exciting is the now completely revised and breathtakingly beautiful model of the legendary historic water car!
© HALLING Modelle
From the valley station of Puchberg, which can be reached in a short hour from Vienna, it's "tooth by tooth 1,218 m uphill"! After a leisurely ascent through dense coniferous forest, you reach the first stop at the Baumgartner water station at 1,397 m above sea level.
The water tank of the historic narrow-gauge cogwheel tender locomotives of the Abt type only holds 1.2 m3, so a stop is necessary to collect water. As it is also legally difficult to collect water from a spring on the Schneeberg due to the overriding Vienna high spring line, water wagons have always been used for this purpose.
After a short rest with tasty, huge Schneeberg- Buchteln (sweet and very hearty buns), the route then climbs steeply uphill at around 20%. After passing through two helical tunnels with mighty snow-covered galleries, you reach the end point of the ride: Berghaus Hochschneeberg - at 1.800 m, the highest railroad station in Austria!