The history of the Mariazell Railway
1858 Initial ideas and versions for the construction of the Mariazell Railway
1896 Start of construction of the Pielach Valley railway
1898 Opening of the Pielach Valley railway to Kirchberg/Pielach on 4th July 1898. Chief engineer: Josef Fogowitz of the Lower Austria state railway office
1903 Resolution of the Lower Austrian state parliament: Construction and continuation of the railway as far as Mariazell and Gußwerk.
1905 Opening of the section to Laubenbachmühle
1906 Construction of the Gösing tunnel (2,369 m)
1907 On 2nd May 1907, the full route to Mariazell was opened (to Gußwerk on 15th July 1907)
1908 Construction of the Mh.6 steam locomotive (still in service today)
1910 On 24th September, Emperor Franz Josef travels on the Mariazell Railway to Mariazell. The emperor's party stops in Laubenbachmühle.
1911 Electrification of the route under Eduard Engelmann. On 7th October, fully electrified services commence on the Mariazell Railway. This was a revolutionary development back then! A completely unique electricity supply system: 6,500 volts and 25 hertz. The first locomotives: the 1099 electric locomotives, which remained in regular service until 2013.
2010 Takeover of the Mariazell Railway by NÖVOG in December 2010
2011 Presentation of the "Himmelstreppe" project in May 2011
2012 Construction of the Laubenbachmühle operations centre began at the start of 2012
2013 Work on the Laubenbachmühle operations centre was completed in July
2013 Der reguläre Fahrplanbetrieb erfolgt ab Oktober 2013 mit der Himmelstreppe
2014 The first-class panoramic carriage came into service in June 2014
2014 Das Betriebszentrum Laubenbachmühle wird mit dem OIKOS, dem Niederösterreichischen Holzbaupreis, in der Kategorie Öffentliche- und Kommunalbauten ausgezeichnet
2015 The Mariazell Railway and the Laubenbachmühle operations centre formed part of the Lower Austrian regional exhibition "ÖTSCHER:REICH – The Alps and us"
2017 Anniversary – 110 years of the mountain section of the Mariazell Railway