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ÖBB announces the start of the modernization of the stations Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle. What does it mean for the passengers?

ÖBB announces the start of the modernization of the stations Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle. What does it mean for the passengers?
photo: ÖBB Wexplore Productions GmbH /ÖBB announces the start of the modernization of the stations Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle. What does it mean for the passengers?
25 / 07 / 2022

Everything will be better. But first of all, a lot of work has to be done. In Obertraun, the Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle stations will be modernized and railroad crossings renewed by November 30. ÖBB is thus implementing comprehensive modernization measures on the Salzkammergut Railway to provide travellers with modern and barrier-free stations. By offering an even more attractive train service in the future with shorter travel times and faster transfers, ÖBB wants to convince even more people to switch to the environmentally friendly train.

"Fortunately, the desire to travel by train is growing. With a bundle of measures, we are also creating contemporary, customer-friendly stations on regional trains. Raised and barrier-free platforms and modern-customer information in real-time make the switch from private transport to public transport particularly attractive. If the offer is right, then a sustainable and environmentally friendly train journey is a real alternative to car travel both for the daily commute to work or school, as well as for tourists," says Judith Engel, Member of the Board of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

"The Upper Austrian Infrastructure Offensive is a comprehensive package of attractiveness measures modernizing the rail infrastructure throughout Upper Austria. To also provide passengers in the beautiful Salzkammergut region with safe and climate-friendly rail travel, sustainable investments are being made in the two train stations, Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle," said Infrastructure Provincial Councilor Günther Steinkellner.

"For 145 years, the railroad has connected Obertraun with the world and has contributed significantly to the town's cultural and economic development. In the past, it was mainly brown coal that was delivered and salt that was taken away, but, today, an efficient railroad with modern stations is additionally of central importance for us to direct the flow of tourists by public transport to the attractions of the region. I am also pleased that the respective modernizations harmonize so well with the historic style of the Salzkammergut Railway," says Mayor Egon Höll.

Extensive modernization measures

The Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen station will receive a raised and barrier-free central platform to ensure comfortable boarding of local trains. The modern equipment of the station also includes new installations for lighting and passenger information. The safety, signalling, track and overhead line systems will also be adapted and renewed.

In the Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle area, the platform will be relocated and made barrier-free. New lighting and passenger information systems round off the quality improvement here as well.

Temporary track closure is necessary

Due to the reconstruction work, it is necessary that the line, as well as railroad crossings, are temporarily closed to general train traffic. The following changes will therefore be made:

  • No passenger stop at Obertraun-Koppenbrüllerhöhle from August 29 to September 19, 8:00 a.m.; Substitute bus transportation will be provided between Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen and Obertraun Gh Koppenrast. 
  • July 18 to September 18: Reconstruction work with modified access to the platform, increased truck traffic also at night and on weekends.
  • Subsequently, rail replacement service between Goisern Jodschwefelbad and Stainach-Irdning from September 19 to October 13 according to a special timetable. The buses are marked with the inscription rail replacement transport.

Railroad crossing must also be closed

  • Railroad crossing Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen station (L547) for renewal of substructure and roadway: September 24, 7:00 a.m. to September 28, 24:00 a.m. and September 30, 12:00 noon to October 5, 5:00 p.m.; Local detour only possible up to 3.5 t;
  • Railroad crossing closures Seestraße: September 27, 09:00 to 17:00 and September 28, 07:00 to 18:00;
  • Ebnerstegweg railroad crossing: installation of a traffic light system; expected start of operation October 13;
  • Closure of the railroad crossing Koppenbrüllerhöhle for renewal of the substructure and carriageway: October 1, 07:00 to October 4, 20:00;
  • Detours are partly only possible on a large scale. Please note the detour information and on-site announcements at the individual railroad crossings.

Work will be carried out around the clock at times, as well as on Sundays and public holidays. Increased truck traffic may also occur at night and on weekends. ÖBB is trying to keep the inconvenience to a minimum. Nevertheless, there will be noise and dust during the work.


Source: ÖBB Press Releases