1st class panoramic carriage of the Empress Elisabeth Railway, c. 1875

Source: Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Die Quellenvielfalt des Archivs
Technical Drawings
1850 - 1899
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.
What an experience travel is! And panoramic carriages made the journey by rail all the more enjoyable. But not everyone could afford to travel 1st class.

Travelling by rail was incomparably faster and far more comfortable than by coach. The mechanical propulsion and the smooth tracks made for a quiet, but also somewhat monotonous journey. For the passengers, being able to look out of the window somehow made the landscape go by more quickly.

But many had to become accustomed to the new speed first. The rapidly changing landscape was found to be tiring. Others delighted in the fast pace with which impressions changed. Long before cinema was invented, the landscape viewed through the carriage window would rush past, as in a film.

The 1st class carriages were designed and built to be as comfortable as possible. Passengers sat in plush armchairs similar to those used at home in their salon and were protected from the soot and stench of the locomotive. They were able to take in the passing landscape from the carriage veranda.

The Salzburg-Tyrol Railway was built between 1873 and 1875. It runs from Salzburg to Wörgl via Hallein, Bischofshofen, St. Johann im Pongau, Schwarzach-St. Veit, Zell am See, Hochfilzen, St. Johann in Tirol and Kitzbühel. The line was also known as the Gisela Railway, after the second daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth.

The panoramic carriages for this attractive route were designed by the Hernalser Waggon-Fabrik in 1875. The coloured technical drawings, longitudinal section, front view and horizontal section are to be found in the archives of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

Inv.Nr. EA-001090/2

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