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Welcome back to Austria. In this issue we examine the railways south of Vienna to the Hungarian and Slovenian borders. We shall see not only the ÖBB at work but also a private operator - the Steiermärkische Landesbahn (StLB) who run two lines in the area: the standard gauge line from Feldbach to Bad Gleichenberg sees ancient EMUs hauling short strings of modern freight vans! while the Feistritztalbahn runs 760mm gauge steam trains between Weiz and Birkfeld. Running east from Graz is the Steirische Ostbahn, a relatively unknown line linking Austria with Hungary through Szombathely and Györ. Lots of green MAV freight wagons here! The last station on the Südbahn is Spielfeld-Straß. This is the border exchange point with Slovenian Railways. Strange looking electric locomotives of French antecedents take over from modern ÖBB machines and head for Ljubljana and the Adriatic. Finally in Graz we are back in the 21st Century and visit the Hbf and the high tech Graz Cargo centre.
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