Even in the Winter season, our roundhouse is full of activities.
After the leakage in December, the boiling and smoke tubes of the Mh.6 have been removed and inspected. The boiler has been prepared for the installation of new tubes by the team of Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works, which is contracted for the repair.
The reconstruction of our iron-ore wagon has been finished.
Our members also continued their work on the diesel locomotives. The driver´s cab of the 2092.03 is now almost completed.
Due to a leaking boiler tube, the Mh.6 had to be replaced by a class E (former 1099) locomotive for today´s scheduled trip to Mariazell. The damage was discovered by our crew after arriving in St. Pölten Alpenbahnhof in the morning in form of a massive loss of water.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope for an easy and rapid repair of the damage in cooperation with the NÖVOG.
Due to the persistent drought caused by the high tempertatures and the related high risk of wildfires in the region, the NÖVOG cancelled tomorrow´s Mh.6 hauled steam service on the Mariazell Railway. Instead by the Mh.6, tomorrow´s service will be powered by a class E (1099) electric locomotive.
We apologize for the circumstances of which we have just have been informed.
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After the renovation of our engine stalls, we have focussed our work to a new project.
The next wagon for restoration is No. 8502. As the only remaining of three postal wagons of the Mariazellerbahn, he holds a significant historical value. In order to obtain him for posterity, he now receives a rejuvenation and is therefore being prepared for sandblasting in a freshly renovated stall of our roundhouse.
The following picture shows the different shades of brown used on the Mariazell Railway . After the disassembling the add-on parts, we surprisingly found a spot with the “Mariazellerbahn – Brown” used in the initial livery of this wagon.
Outside the roundhouse, our archivist has browsed the online archive for historical postcards “AKON” of the Austrian National Library for historical impressions of the Mariazell Railway. The following picture representing his findings shows the railway facilities of Ober-Grafendorf during their glory days. Note the impressive wagon shed with a length of 104 meters on the right, which can be found today substantially shorter at the south end of the station Ober-Grafendorf.