Austria - foreign trains in Austria

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Berchtesgadener Landesbahn BLB


This is actually a German train in Germany, but is shown here, because their route regularly extends to Salzburg in Austria. This is a Stadler built Flirt of the BLB or Berchtesgadener Landesbahn en route from Salzburg, Austria to just across the border Berchtesgaden, Germany, also known for the "eagle's nest" castle of der Führer Adolf Hitler. But in Hitler's time the trains were not so nice :-) Photo at Bad Reichenhall 7.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another view of the BLB Flirt as it approaches the station. Photo at Bad Reichenhall 7.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another BLB FLIRT, this time in Austria. Photo of BLB ET133 at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof 14.3.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

German Federal Railways / Deutsche Bahn AG DB


This is also history by now. German DB operates the rail line from München into Austria on the so called Ausserfernbahn running between the two German towns Kempten and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but in doing so, entering for a while Austrian territory. This is a prototype German Br628.0 stopping at the winter ski resort station of Bichlbach-Berwang 25.4.2002. These were very rare trains indeed - and now scrapped. For whole their life they remained in the blue and creme painting scheme typical of DB of the 1970s. Photo by Ilkka Siissalo at Bichlbach-Berwang station 25.4.2002.

Hungarian state railways MAV


Hungarian MAV's Siemens Taurus class 1047 (similar to Austrian ÖBB's class 1116) at Linz station 3.1.2003. Photo by Ilkka Siissalo.

Swiss Federal Railways / Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB


Swiss locomotives regularly pass through small parts of Austria, for example here a service from Zürich to the German city of Lindau passing through Bregenz in Austria. The locomotive is a regular Swiss SBB class Re4/4 II, but with a special pantograph to suit the Austrian and German standards. Picture at Bregenz station 30.3.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo. The lady in the picture is rail photographer Sanna Siissalo, and the dog, terrier Tau, also visited stations doing trainspotting/trainsniffing in 17 countries before it passed away.

Transdev / Bayerische Oberlandbahnen BOB / Meridian


The Meridian service is part of Bayerisches Oberlandbahn BOB, a German company, which belongs to the French Transdev group of private companies. BOB won in a public tendering a set of passenger service lines, including a service from München in Germany to Salzburg in Austria. The trains used are third generation Stadler Flirt units. Picture at the Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (main station) 6.7.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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