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Posted on 18 August 2012

Last Updated 18 August 2012

 Semmering Railway is the world's first mountain railway. View of the road passes through Gloggnitz, famous Zemmeringsky pass, and pass between Mürzzuschlag in the highlands. The road is one of the outstanding achievements of civil engineering in the nineteenth century, given the rather complex topography and large vertical drop.

To date Semmering road is still a fully functioning part of the Austrian Southern Railway. It should be noted that the presented railway was built from 1848 to 1854. Its construction involved about twenty thousand people.

The project of this road made famous architect - Karl von Gega. It should be noted that the railway Semmering laid at a height 985 meters above sea level. Because of the complexity of the relief had to dig a small tunnel fourteen, eleven railway bridges as well as to build sixteen viaducts. Almost all stations were built of waste, which are the result of tunneling.

Especially for this road was created newest design of locomotives, as the old technology can not cope with the extreme values ​​of lifting and turning radius. It should be noted that the Semmering Railway passes through amazing scenic mountain area. Even at that time the architects tried to create a "landscape gardening", and specifically, what is the maximum combination of nature and technology.

To date, the Semmering is a very popular balneological and ski resort. This area is known for the fact that it is held each year on the World Cup alpine skiing. In 1998 Zemmeringskaya Railway was declared a World Heritage Site.

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