A “Bon Voyage” with the train (1850-1870)

A “Bon Voyage” with the train (1850-1870)

What a wonderful invention! Rail travel reduces the distance. The countryside flies past the window and the journey is almost effortless. Tourism takes off.

The Brenner line
Two large bends in order to gain height, ten bridges, twenty tunnels: the railway line over the Brenner, opened in 1867, is a technical wonder. Empress Elisabeth herself is impressed by her first journey over the route. For the reception of such illustrious guests the station master dons a special gala uniform.

Full speed ahead
The Brenner trains cover the distance between Innsbruck and Bozen in only six hours. The train is four times as fast as the stagecoach. Travellers rejoice in the extraordinary new speed, but among the locals the train evokes only fear and loathing. They offer votive pictures in thanks for protection from the monster.