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Favoriten: Migrants and More

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Since last Dec., Vienna’s 10th District of Favoriten has once again been connected to the wider world, as the new Hauptbahnhof at Wiedner Gürtel opened its first section, and thousands of commuters and visitors flooded through the new station, easily recognisable from a distance by its dramatic, diamond-shaped roof. Ever since construction began in 2010, […]

S-Bahn: trains on the right

S-Bahn: trains on the right

Given the recent temporary close of the U1 line of Vienna’s subway, another alternate means of transport towards Kagran is the local Schnellbahn (or S-Bahn) between Südtiroler Platz and Praterstern, provided by Austrian railway company ÖBB. However, as of 6 August 2012, the Viennese rail network will be upgraded to international standards and trains will depart […]

Westbahn: A Rough Start on Austria’s Privatised Rails

When its first sky blue and olive green trains set off on the route between Vienna and Salzburg in December 2011, Westbahn founder Stefan Wehinger and his team knew the climb would be steep, and that the details would make the difference. The main draw is the €23.80 fare between the two cities, roughly half […]

Volcano Trains: Thousands Take to the Rails

Apr. 17, 2010, ICE 26 north to Dortmund, Germany from Vienna, departure time 10:40 a.m. At Vienna Westbahnhof the lines in front of the ticket counters are easily 50 meters long. The platforms are teeming with people. The numbers pulling little black carry-on bags and shouldering laptop briefcases are a clue to who these travellers […]

Need For Speed

Need For Speed

In the midst of the financial crisis, the ÖBB (The Austrian National Railroad) will unleash its €618 million high-speed train, the “Railjet.”  While some critics find the timing unwise in view of the financial crisis, the effects of the project, so far, have been nothing if not helpful. For one thing, over 150 workers are […]

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