→Recent changes: Tullnerfeld avoiding curve withdrawal added
*An overall system map dated
2015/ 16 is provided at [ http:// www.oebb.at/ infrastruktur/ __resources/ llShowDoc.jsp? nodeId= 56401985].
*[http://www.sporenplan.nl/ Sporenplan] has a number of on-line schematic track diagrams. Click on "Sporenplannen" on the left hand side for a map showing the countries covered.
*Thorsten Büker's [http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_austria.php Map of Austria] and [http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps_vienna-area.php Map of Vienna].
*[[Maps and Plans#Austria|Maps and Plans - Austria]]
*[http://www.abenteuer-erzberg.at/en/abenteuer-erzberg/historic-underground-mine-tour Abenteuer Erzberg] (900 mm gauge, underground mine railway) (note: can be reached by Erzbergbahn)
*[http://www.achenseebahn.at Achenseebahn AG]: Jenbach Achenseebf – Achensee Schiffstation (metre gauge, rack operated) This line is potentially in danger of closure at the end of the 2019 season owing to poor track condition.
*[http://www.erzbergbahn.at Erzbergbahn] (Verein Erzbergbahn): Vordernberg Markt – Erzberg (Erzberg - Eisenerz out of service since 2016 because of storm damage)
*[http://www.feistritztalbahn.at Feistritztalbahn] (Feistritztalbahn Betriebsges.m.b.H.) : Birkfeld – Anger – Weiz (760 mm gauge) <i>Operated in conjunction with [http://club-u44.at Club U44]</i>. See also Recent Changes, below.
[http://www.stern-verkehr.at Gmunden], [http://www.gstw.at Graz], [http://www.ivb.at Innsbruck], [http://www.linzag.at Linz], [http://www.wienerlinen.at Wien] (which extends via the Wiener Lokalbahnen into Baden). The Wien system is the largest European network outside Russia.
Track plans for the systems of Graz, Innsbruck and Wien are available on the [http://www.gleisplanweb.eu/ Gleisplanweb site], and were current at
summer 2016 . A track plan for Linz is available on [http://doprava.unas.cz/schemata/kolejova/zahranici.html the Doprava site] , although (as at October 2016) it had not been revised since 2011.
See also [[Austria_-_Tram_services_over_obscure_routes|Austria - Tram services over obscure routes]]
===Projects under way or planned===
Electrification of the Gailtalbahn (Arnoldstein - Hermagor) commenced in July 2018 with a planned completion for December 2019; Hermagor – Kötschach-Mauthen closed to passengers in December 2016.
Of note are two lengthy closures with bus substitution ; between 9 July and 11 November 2018, and from 9 July to 14 December 2019. The Kärnten Land government envisages that all remaining lines in Kärnten will be electrified by 2025.
Wien ''U-Bahn'' Line U4 is to be closed between Längenfeldgasse and Karlsplatz in July and August 2019 for modernisation. Preliminary work has started on rerouting line U2 and transferring part to a new line U5 - see [http://www.wienerlinien.at/media/img/2016/image_178729_w800.jpg plan here] - with target date for implementation of 2023.
The plan to convert part of the Murtalbahn (Unzmarkt - Tamsweg) to standard gauge and electrify it has been abandoned. However the line will be reconstructed, with four realignments. Unzmarkt - Murau will be done in 2019 - 2022 and Murau - Tamsweg in 2022 - 2026.
Information (in German) about ÖBB's major infrastructure projects an be found at their [
http:// www.oebb.at /infrastruktur/de/ 5_0_fuer_Generationen/5_4_Wir_bauen_fuer_Generationen/ 5_4_1_Schieneninfrastruktur/index.jsp website]. The major project to improve service between Wien, Graz, Klagenfurth, Villach and Tarvisio [IT], the [http://www.infra.oebb.at/suedstrecke <i>Südstrecke</i> project], is due for completion in 2026. As part of this project, work continues on the <i>Koralmbahn</i> element, to link Klagenfurt and Graz: the 32 km Koralmtunnel is its centrepiece and target completion date for this section is 2023. The first section between Werndorf and Wettmannstätten (table 550) opened on 12 December 2010.
ÖBB plans to electrify and resignal the section of the ''Lavanttalbahn'' (KBS620) from the future junction with the ''Koralmbahn'' just north of St Paul as far as Wolfsberg. This will allow fast services to run between Klagenfurt and Wolfsberg via the ''Koralmbahn''.
It is reportedly planned to double sections of the <i>Steirische Ostbahn</i> (Graz – Gleisdorf – Szentgottard [HU]), but information on this is sparse: [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steirische_Ostbahn Wikipedia's Steirische_Ostbahn entry] indicates a south to east Graz avoiding line (otherwise any trains between the Koralmbahn and Szentgottard would have to run round in Graz)
and a possible completion in 2020. However, the project does not appear in [ http:// www.oebb.at /infrastruktur/de/ 5_0_fuer_Generationen/ 5_4_Wir_bauen_fuer_Generationen/5_4_1_Schieneninfrastruktur/index.jsp OeBB Infra's list of projects].
Threatened passenger lines''' (position at September 2016 with updates)
In late 2011 OeBB presented their plans for the period to 2025, which included a wish to give up some 700 km of branch lines - either by handing to regional authorities or complete closure. Based on failing to reach a minimum threshold of 2000 passengers per day, the passenger lines identified
were as listed below. Entries are preceded by their table number, and a note is given of any overt action towards closure that has been reported subsequently.
*502 Spielfeld-Strass – Bad Radkersburg
*521 Pernitz-Muggendorf – Gutenstein
*522 Bad Fischau – Puchberg
*820 Hadersdorf – Sigmundsherberg
*912 Gross Schweinbarth – Bad Pirawarth (reduced to Mondays to Fridays only)
*912 Obersdorf - Gross Schweinbarth - Gänserndorf
While not in the above official listing, the following routes have appeared on various closure "threat lists" over the years and may be considered at some risk:
*170 Bad Aussee – Stainach-Irdning
*172 Vöcklabruck – Kammer-Schörfling
*720 [Wien Hbf -] Kledering - Sollenau (Mondays to Fridays only, with very poor loadings)
The residual passenger service, mainly for school traffic, between Wolfsberg and Bad St. Leonhard (KBS620) was definitively withdrawn on 10 December 2017. It had been operated by replacement bus since 5 March 2017. The line remains in use for freight.
The 4.6km southern extension of Wien ''U-Bahn'' line U1 from Reumannplatz to Oberlaa opened on 2 September 2017; from the same date, tram 67 ceased to run south of Reumannplatz.
The Wien Hadersdorf - Meidling – Wien Hütteldorf section of the ''Neue Westbahn'' opened to freight in late 2012 and to passenger services to Wien Hauptbahnhof in December 2014.
In early 2014 the metre gauge branch from Vorchdorf-Eggenberg was slightly shortened when its terminal station, Gmunden Seebahnhof, was relocated inland to a new site between Gmunden Traundorf and the old Seebahnhof. Construction started in March 2014 of a new connecting line from this new station to Rathausplatz. The initial section from Seebahnhof to Klosterplatz opened on 14 December 2014. The closed section of the Gmunden town tram line from Rathausplatz to Franz Josef Platz was rebuilt, providing a through route between Gmunden Bahnhof and Vorchdorf-Eggenberg, and opened on 1 September 2018. A [http://tinyurl.com/ppcoq39 sketch map] is available.
The Kammer-Schoerfling branch was cut back by around 500m in June 2014, thus eliminating 2 level crossings. A new terminal station was opened on the west side of the current line at a slightly lower level, involving around 200m of new alignment.
The Wien Liesing – Waldmühle branch, which had no booked traffic other than excursions operated by [https://www.kaltenleutgebnerbahn.at/clubdesk/www Verein Pro Kaltenleutgebnerbahn], was legally closed in January 2014 but the preservation organisation have resumed services, including some through trips to and from central Wien, since 3 September 2017
. The Deutschkreutz to Oberloisdorf line, which had a limited passenger service as far as Neckenmarkt-Horitschon, was expected to close in December 2012. In the event the passenger service was briefly reprieved and final trains ran on 28 June 2013. [http://www.florianerbahn.at Club Florianerbahn]'s operation between St. Florian and Pichling See (900 mm gauge, formerly part of Linz tram system) ceased (believed 2012) because of track condition but the club still aspire to reopen the line. The Wörgl – Baumkirchen tunnel line opened in December 2012, although signalling issues meant that, initially, it was only used by Railjet services. See [[Austria_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services#WORGBAUM|Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services: Wörgl Kundl - Volders-Baumkirchen]]. In September 2012 a 4km section of new alignment opened between Lambach and Breitenschützing as part of line improvements on the Wels – Salzburg route. For more information and links on projects, see (in German) [http://www.oebb.at/infrastruktur/de/5_0_fuer_Generationen/5_4_Wir_bauen_fuer_Generationen/5_4_1_Schieneninfrastruktur/index.jsp OeBB Infra's list of projects]. The Schneebergbahn, ÖBB's mountain rack railway (transferred in 1997 to a company in which ÖBB and the local Province had equal shareholdings) from 1 January 2012 became wholly owned by the province; it is now run by their operating company, NÖVOG. Regular services have been extended to the Hotel platforms at the Summit. ÖBB has withdrawn freight services from many branch or secondary lines, and all their former narrow gauge lines have been either closed or transferred to other operators.