Stadtbahn 3rd class passenger carriage

 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Traffic & Transport
1850 - 1899

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.

1889 saw the opening of the first lines of the steam-operated rapid transport system through Vienna. The Stadtbahn railway line was made famous by Otto Wagner’s architectural achievements. As an ensemble the railway stations, viaducts and bridges are a monument to Jugendstil. Today, they have become part of the city’s U-Bahn network.

A significant portion of the Stadtbahn lines was not in tunnels, but ran across the city along viaduct arches. So there was a strong ambition to come up with an attractive design for the trains, in keeping with the zeitgeist.

Ringhoffer’s in Smichov near Prague was renowned for its luxury sleeper and dining cars and for the court carriages for the crowned heads of Europe. The Bohemia-based coachbuilders also designed freight and passenger carriages of all classes, including the Cu 9424 passenger carriage for Vienna’s Stadtbahn railway.

Visitors entering the central hall of the Technisches Museum are immediately taken by the impact of the fine wood finish on the outer panels, the white roof, the brass fittings and the etched windows.

The trains comprised up to nine 2nd and 3rd class carriages, all identical from the outside. As part of an extensive restoration and reconstruction project the Cu 9424 has been lovingly returned to its original factory state.

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