Tiroler MuseumsBahnen

Tiroler MuseumsBahnen / Tyrolean Museum Railways

The association Tiroler MuseumsBahnen (TMB) takes care of the preservation and/or the documentation of the historically valuable local railways of Tyrol as well as their rail vehicles .

The Tyrolean museum railways are generally understood to work in three areas:
  • The Tyrolean Localbahn Museum in Innsbruck
  • A vehicle collection that includes some of the most historically valuable vehicles of the Tyrolean local railways
  • An association whose members look after the local railway museum on a voluntary basis, restore and overhaul historic vehicles and organize special trips with the operational vehicles and publish the magazine "Lyra" every six months .
Tiroler MuseumsBahnen History

After it finally became clear in 1983 that the 79-year-old Stubaitalbahn railcars should be decommissioned, the “Tiroler MuseumsBahnen” association was founded in May of the same year with the aim of preserving these historically valuable vehicles for posterity. At first it didn't look very good for the club to be accommodated, but thanks to some advocates in politics, including the then mayor Niescher, it was possible, the former depot facilities and a part of the Stubaital train station (waiting room and dispatcher) are acquired for the association.

The Local Railway Museum was opened in early summer 1985. In order to create space for more vehicles, most of the Stubaitalbahn sidecars were first rented out and then sold. As early as 1986, an Igler railcar as well as some Igler sidecars and some freight cars from the Stubai Valley Railway were added to the collection. In 1989 the first vehicle – goods wagon 32 of the Stubai Valley Railway – was restored to its original condition.

To date (end of 2012), 17 more vehicles - some in the delivery condition - have been refurbished to be operational, with a few more vehicles already being taken over in operational condition. In 1991, the 100th anniversary of the Innsbruck tramway was celebrated together with the Innsbruck public transport company. Around the turn of the millennium, the carriage house from 1903, which had now become dilapidated, was completely renovated.

In 2000 Innsbruck and the surrounding communities celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Innsbruck Mittelgebirgsbahn and in 2004 the 100th anniversary of the Stubaitalbahn. In October 2008, the 25th anniversary of the Tyrolean Museum Railways was celebrated with active participation from the politicians of the state of Tyrol and the city of Innsbruck. In November 2022, the Tyrolean MuseumsBahnen received the Austrian Railway Culture Prize for the project of restoring a "Hall set" of the former Innsbruck-Hall local railway in Tyrol.

The Localbahn Museum

The Localbahn Museum is located in the former Stubai train station at the foot of the Bergisel , next to the present depot of the Innsbruck transport company. It was opened in 1985 after the Stubaitalbahn was converted to direct current and the rooms of the dispatcher and the waiting room were no longer needed. Since then, the local railway museum has become a sight for railway enthusiasts from all over the world and is well frequented. In the summer months, a museum shuttle with changing nostalgic vehicles runs between the museum and the city center. The ticket for the museum is also the ticket for the shuttle. The exhibition includes the following local railways:
  • Achenseebahn
  • Bolzano tram
  • Local train Dermulo-Mendel
  • Dolomite Railway
  • Val di Fiemme Railway
  • Val Gardena railway
  • Innsbruck low mountain railway
  • Innsbruck transport company
  • Local train Innsbruck–Hall i. Tyrol
  • Local train Lana-Burgstall-Oberlana
  • Local train from Lana to Meran
  • Merano tram
  • Mittenwaldbahn
  • Local train Mori-Arco-Riva
  • Rittner Railway
  • Stubaital Railway
  • Turf Railway
  • Trento–Malè local train
  • Oberetsch Railway
  • Venosta Valley Railway
  • Zillertal Railway
In addition, annually changing special exhibitions are held about the individual regional railways and some publications dealing with current topics are published.

Tiroler MuseumsBahnen Vehicle Collection

The vehicle collection is housed in the old depot of the Stubai Valley Railway in Innsbruck. While the collection in 1983 only comprised parked vehicles from the Stubai Valley Railway, the collection was expanded over time. Vehicles from other local railways were bought and brought (back) to Innsbruck. At the end of 2017, the collection included 27 vehicles (11 locomotives, 10 sidecars, 4 freight cars, 2 snow sweepers) from four local railways and one tram company:
  • Innsbruck low mountain railway
  • Innsbruck transport company
  • Local train Innsbruck-Hall i. Tyrol
  • Rittner Railway
  • Stubaital Railway
The collection includes some unique vehicles, such as the only operational cogwheel locomotive of the Rittner Bahn at the TMB, and the first single-phase AC railcar can also be found here. Most of the vehicles are over 100 years old and some have also been restored to their original condition. A special feature of this collection is that almost all vehicles are operational.

Tiroler MuseumsBahnen Overview

Location: Innsbruck , Austria
Opening Date: May 31, 1983
Management: Tyrolean museum railways

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