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Diabaswerk Saalfelden
Saalfelden
Austria
 
Gauge : 600mm 
 
 

A short easily accessable railway which over the last few years has updated its rolling stock and locomotives.

 
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Running for a distance of approximately 1.2km, the 600mm gauge line at Saalfelden is used for the transport of stone. For part of its length, it runs alongside the road, before crossing over via an ungated level crossing.  
The railway terminates at a standard gauge transhipment point, next to Saalfelden Railway station. There is just a single run round loop here, with an interesting device for unloading the crushed stone into the standard gauge wagons. The side tipping Mühlhäuser wagons are emptied into a bucket below rail height alongside the narrow gauge tracks. This is then mechanically hauled up to the height necessary to tip into the standard gauge wagons.  
In 1995, at the end of the run round loop, the reserve loco, Diema (No 4846), was found. This loco was just 10 years old.  
In 1995, at the end of the run round loop, the reserve loco, Diema (No 4846), was found. This loco was just 10 years old.  
The Diema loco was displaced in 1994 by a new Schöma loco. By 1997, the Diema was not in working order, and so the Schöma was the sole motive power.  
The new Schöma loco is N0 5398, and is type CHL-40G. It is seen here at the end of the line in the stone crushing plant.
For several years, one of the earlier locos, a Jenbach 20hp, plus some of the original skips have been plinthed at the entrance to the Plant.
 
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