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Re: Trip to Vienna - suggestions
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2017, 04:56:50 am »
any suggestions re Model shops / museums ( inc Militaria)??

As I am from Vienna, I guess that I should answer here. ;)  The less said about model shops here, the better: In N scale there is usually not much to find, and what is available usually is expensive. I haven't bought much here as for the price of three locos I could get four from the German retailers. Before the internet, I even drove regularly to Munich to buy some N scale... :doh:

For militaria, first choice would be the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (army history museum) in the Arsenal (close to the Hauptbahnhof railway station), with the car in which the Austrian archduke was shot in Sarajevo 1914 that led to the 1st World War.

For railways, there's the Technisches Museum Wien (TMW) although not much of the railway collection is exhibited in Vienna.

Part of the TMW's railway collection is stored at the former steam loco depot (Heizhaus) Strasshof, about half an hour north of Vienna with S-Bahn line S1. Well worth a visit, especially on the steam operation days (this year: June 11 & 25, August 6, September 3 & 24, October 8 & 26 - the dates are missing on the rather poor English website version).
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisenbahnmuseum_Strasshof (for some pictures - there is no English Wikipedia page)

Wiener Linien tramway museum:

If you want to visit the Prater because of the Ferris Wheel, there is also a liliput railway (381-mm/15-inch gauge) there and on weekends and public holidays they still operate the original Krauss-Maffei pacifics from 1928.

And if you have a day to spare, outside of Vienna (but easily reached by train) there are also some interesting railways like the Schneebergbahn cog railway, with the original steam locos dating from the 1890's still operating in summer, or the Waldviertelbahn and Mariazellerbahn narrow-gauge railways, again still operating with steam locos on some days.

 Any thanks for this - so far recovering from 4am start - but rhe Weiner Schnitzel is dantastic here!

Will be back in Vienna after cruises to. Budapest. Main line next to quay - exciting !,
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