A very special narrow-gauge railway with four steam locos proceeds from Jenbach to Seespitz at Lake Achensee since 1889.
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What the Zillertal Railway is for the Zillertal valley, the Lake Achensee Railway is for the region around the biggest lake of Tyrol: a particularity and nostalgic transportation. In 1889, only two years after the first steamboat casted off on Lake Achensee, four cogwheel steam locos came into operation. They were named Theodor, Hermann, Georg and Carl. One of the locos was scrapped after WWII, so until 2005 only the three remaining locomotives were in use. They are regarded as the oldest cogwheel steam locomotives of Austria. Today, again four locos are in operation.
Every steam locomotive consists of a closed wagon and an open summer wagon. One particularity of the railway is the narrow gauge of 1,000 mm. The distance has always been about 7 km long, it starts at the railway station of Jenbach, the only Austrian train station with three different rail gauges (the Zillertal Railway with 760 mm, the Lake Achensee Railway with 1,000 mm and the standard gauge of 1,435 mm).
From there the steam train is pushed uphill until Eben at Lake Achensee, where the flat journey starts. The train steams and whistles until Seespitz, where the connection to the Lake Achensee Ferry and Cruise Company is possible. In 2012 the station "Maurach-Mitte" came into being. Everybody who is interested in trains should visit the interesting Tyrolean Museum Railways in Innsbruck with the Local Railways Museum, only 50 km far away from Lake Achensee.
The steam trains will not be operating in 2020.
round trip Jenbach-Seespitz:
€ 31.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 15.50 children and young people (6-15 years)
€ 78.00 family ticket (2 adults with 2 children)
one-way Jenbach-Seespitz or Seespitz-Jenbach:
€ 24.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 12.00 children and young people (6-15 years)
€ 6.00 dog or bicycle (reservation needed)
groups (per person, 10 or more persons):
€ 28.00 round trip Jenbach-Seespitz
€ 14.00 children and young people (6-15 years)
€ 21.00 ascent in steam train Jenbach-Seespitz
€ 10.50 children and young people (6-15 years)
€ 19.00 descent in steam train Seespitz-Jenbach
€ 9.50 children and young people (6-15 years)