Collection area: Traffic & Transport

This area covers rail and road transport, aviation and shipping, as well as the infrastructure group of "Bridges and Tunnels". The railway collection holds the oldest locomotives outside Great Britain. The highlights also include early automobiles, the sectioned de Havilland DH 104 "Dove" aircraft (1957), and models of Österreichischer Lloyd and of oared and powered shipping on the Danube. The Transport collection concentrates on the first half of the 20th century, with a focus on Austria.

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Bridges and Tunnels
  • Elektrische Stoßbohrmaschine Siemens & Halske

    Electrical drilling machine

    Austria’s topography is such that the construction of railway lines is always a very complex undertaking, which is why the first tunnels were built by specialists from abroad.

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    Shifting the Trisanna Bridge

    The assignment: replace a bridge in the Tyrolean Alps at a height of 88 m without interrupting rail operations. This enterprise was successfully undertaken in 1964.

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    The Wocheiner Railway’s Isonzo Bridge

    With its difficult topographic and geological situation the Wocheiner Railway line was one of the toughest railways built under the Austrian monarchy.

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    Trisanna Bridge junction

    The construction of the Arlberg Railway posed huge challenges for engineers. The Trisanna Bridge, together with the 12.4 km Arlberg Tunnel, proved particularly demanding.

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    Cabin of the Stubnerkogelbahn

    Modern ski tourism would be inconceivable without cable cars. Austria has one of the highest cable car densities in the world. Every year more than 150 million people are transported up into the Alps.

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    Court saloon carriage

    Empress Elisabeth of Austria famously enjoyed travelling. In 1873 two railway carriages were built for her own personal use, of which the sleeper has been preserved.

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    Daimler Waggonet

    Automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler also developed the first rail-mounted vehicle with a combustion engine. One such vehicle is preserved in its original state at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

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    Electric locomotive 1060

    The Mittenwald Railway from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen opened in 1912, operating with electric locomotives from the very outset. The first locomotive to operate on the line is on show at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

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    Hannibal horse-drawn railway

    What could be stranger and more peculiar than a carriage on rails? On show at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) is the Hannibal, one of the world’s last remaining passenger carriages from a horse-drawn railway.

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    Stadtbahn 3rd class passenger carriage

    A small twin-axle carriage from the collections of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) proves that it’s not just luxury Belle Epoque trains that were panelled in teak.

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    Steam locomotive "Ajax"

    The oldest preserved steam locomotive on the European continent is exhibited at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

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    Steam locomotive 1.20

    Up until the 20th century steam power was the main source of energy for the railways. Set in motion, the kkStB 1.20 illustrates how this key technology works.

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    Südbahnhof central signal box

    The signal box at Vienna’s Südbahnhof railway station has defied all structural changes. Once upgraded, it was preserved for many years as the railway station’s only constituent part.

Aviation and Aerospace
  • „Wimpel“ der Raumsonde Lunik II

    „Wimpel“ der Raumsonde Lunik II

    Unfortunately this article is only available in German.

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    Airport Wien Schwechat/Heidfeld

    The history of Vienna airport – from military air base to international aviation hub

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    AS 355 F-1 Ecureuil 2, built in 1983

    Air rescue ensures that medical assistance reaches the scene of an accident in less than 15 minutes, bringing hospital care on site as quickly as possible.

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    Aviatik Berg DI, built in 1918

    Preserved at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) is the only original World War I fighter plane of Austrian design and manufacture.

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    De Havilland DH 104 Dove, built in 1957

    The De Havilland DH 104 Dove was Britain’s first successful civil design aircraft after the Second World War.

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    Etrich-II Taube, built in 1910

    Imitating nature: Franz Xaver Wels designed a flying wing aircraft inspired by the seeds of a creeping plant. Equipped with a latticework fuselage it finally became a successful motorised aeroplane.

  • Dampfluftschiff von Heinrich Ressel

    Model of the Ressel airship project, built in 1871

    While Heinrich Ressel’s airship was patented, it literally never got off the ground. It exists only in model form, and for a very long time Heinrich Ressel was forced to repay the costs involved.

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    Vanguard I

    In 1958 the United States launched its second satellite, Vanguard 1, into orbit and, for the first time, there were also six silicon solar cells on board.


Road Traffic
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    Coventry Machinists double-seater three-wheeler, c. 1890

    This double-seater three-wheeler was advertised – somewhat tongue-in-cheek – as a “matchmaker”. Riding the tricycle was easy to learn and, unlike the penny-farthing, accessible to women also.

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    Dandy-Horse for children, c. 1818

    Was it a volcano erupting on the Indonesian Sunda Islands or the fun of playing a children’s game? There are vastly differing theories as to how the bicycle came to be invented.

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    Fiat 522 C

    In 1950 the Bundesgärten Schönbrunn federal parks administration donated a Fiat 522 C built in 1932 to the Museum. It remained in the Museum’s depot for almost sixty years until it emerged that it had belonged originally to Rosa Glückselig, who lived in Vienna’s Ottakring district.

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    Laurin & Klement B-Z-N, c. 1905

    This machine makes it clear to see that the motorcycle’s antecedents lie with the bicycle. Laurin & Klement initially manufactured bicycles, then motorcycles; today the company remains a player in automobile construction under the name Škoda.

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    Lohner-Porsche electric vehicle, 1900

    Back to the future! Successful electric vehicles already existed around 1900. Many of the considerations that surrounded electric vehicles back then are once again very topical today.

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    Lohner-Roller L 125 scooter, 1954

    “Let’s go Italian!” – in the 1950s nothing summed up la dolce vita better than the motor scooter. Austria’s domestic industry also picked up on the yearning for more Mediterranean joie de vivre.

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    Marcus Car, 1888/1889

    The oldest automobile in the world? The Marcus Car features many remarkable technical achievements, a fact that was (almost) lost in the debate surrounding its dating.

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    Mercedes W 196 Silver Arrow, 1954/55

    A streamlined racing car with an eventful history: the Mercedes Silver Arrow was a close symbiosis of technical know-how and successful marketing.

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    ROCCO petrol pump, c. 1930

    “You can get that at any service station” – but what if there are no service stations? The nationwide network of service stations we now take for granted once had to be painstakingly set up.

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    Rudge penny-farthing, made in England, 1885

    Penny-farthing riders were the “kings of the country roads”. Indeed, riding these high wheelers required a good sense of balance and a degree of courage. Falling off a penny-farthing was not to be encouraged.

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