The Mariazell Railway (“Mariazellerbahn”) is a narrow-gauge railway between the capital of Lower Austria,Sankt Pölten, and Mariazell in Styria, which is the Austrian pilgrimage center.

Years ago, a group of model railway enthusiasts started to build a model of the Mariazell Railway, including well-known tunnels. Until some years ago, the model railway had it’s home in a building near the railway station of Kirchberg an der Pielach. When the Lower Austrian traffic company “NÖVOG” bought the Mariazell Railway from the Austrian national railway company “ÖBB”, the station buildings became obsolete because ticket sales are now done either in the railway itself or via internet. So the model railway had the chance to move directly into the station.

After approximately two years of renovation and adaption, the model of the Mariazell Railway re-opened today, on May 11th, 2019!

It is a very nice model railway that shows trains from various eras: Steam trains, typical trains from the ÖBB-era, the “Ötscherbär” (a vintage train that is still in operation on Sundays and holidays) to the “Himmelsleiter”, the standard train of the Mariazell Railway today.

The model railway is very nice, but probably some more cars, figures and houses would make it more vivid.

More information can be found on www.bahnimbahnof.at!