Austria: Wien Meidling Medley

26 Sep 2021

A collection of clips recorded at Wien Meidling station on 31st March 2017.

Clip 1 - A Class 1116 Taurus loco passes on the rear of an eastbound City Shuttle service.

Clip 2 (0:23) - Taurus loco 1116 156 passes on the rear of an eastbound RailJet service.

Clip 3 (1:02) - Class 1144 273 hauls an eastbound service towards Vienna whilst a Class 1116 hauls a westbound passenger service.
The Austrian Federal Railways (German: Österreichische Bundesbahnen or ÖBB, formerly the Bundesbahn Österreich or BBÖ) is the national railway system of Austria, and the administrator of Liechtenstein's railways. The ÖBB group is owned entirely by the Republic of Austria and is divided into several separate businesses that manage the infrastructure and operate passenger and freight services.

The Austrian Federal Railways has had two discrete periods of existence. It was first formed in 1923, using the Bundesbahn Österreich name, as a successor to the Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways (kkStB), but was incorporated into the Deutsche Reichsbahn during the 1938-1945 Anschluss. It was reformed in 1947, using the slightly different Österreichische Bundesbahnen name, and remains in existence in this form.
The ÖBB Class 1044 was a class of universal electric locomotives operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The class was capable of hauling either heavy passenger traffic or goods trains on both lowland and mountainous routes.

At the time of its entry into service, the Class 1044 was the most powerful class of four-axle locomotives in the world. Until the introduction of the Class 1016 (Taurus) locomotives, it was the showpiece class of the ÖBB. All members of the class, except its two prototypes, have now been converted into Class 1144 locomotives.
In the beginning of the 21st century demand for the new passenger and cargo locomotives was quickly rising. One of the most successful new locomotive families was - and still is - the Eurosprinter family, initially developed by Siemens and ADtrans (later acquired by Bombardier) together. The first really widespread cargo locomotive of this family was the German class 152. Based on the success of the Br 152 Siemens started developing a new multi purpose fast locomotive together with the Austrian state railways ÖBB. The design was modular and the dynamic new looks were designed by Porsche. The Taurus was born!

Taurus locomotive was originally created for the needs of Austrian railways ÖBB who needed a powerful universal locomotive. ES64U2 Taurus replaced aging ÖBB locomotives of 1950s and 1960s, and survived as the winner of the many locomotive types from various manufacturers initially studied for the need. The design can be seen as unusually high quality industrial design so we must sincerely thank Siemens and ÖBB for this.

ÖBB ordered the first batch of Siemens Taurus Eurosprinter ES64U2 locomotives for solely its national traffic under 15 kV 16,7 Hz. These locomotives received classification as 1016. Class 1116 soon followed with a capability to run on 25 kV 50Hz too. Third iteration for the ÖBB brought online class 1216, which has the ability to run under 1500V DC and 3000 V DC. These machines are called ES64U4 Tauruses. The class 1216 also has substantial, though at first glance invisible design differences: you need to take a look at locos from two different classes side by side to realize how different they are and how well the differences are disguised to create an illusion to the public eye that these locomotives are alike.
Meidling is the 12th district of Vienna. It is located just southwest of the central districts, south of the Wienfluss, west of the Gürtel belt, and east and southeast of Schönbrunn palace. Meidling is a heavily populated urban area with many residential buildings, but also large recreational areas and parks.
Wien Meidling (German for Vienna Meidling) is one of Vienna's main railway stations located at the Philadelphiabrücke. When the Südbahnhof (South station) was demolished in December 2009 to build Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof (main station), Wien Meidling assumed the functions of the Südbahnhof and is now frequented by 55,000 people daily, up from its usual 45,000, making it one of Austria's busiest railway stations
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