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City links. Vienna – Bratislava

How are cities linked up? Vienna Technical Museum is answering this question by examining two historic public transport lines, both of which form part of transport infrastructure still in use today: Otto Wagner’s Wiener Stadtbahn metropolitan railway and the “Pressburger Elektrische” Vienna-Bratislava electric railway.

34 kilometres. Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn railway

2018 marks the 120th anniversary of the opening of Vienna’s Wiener Stadtbahn in May 1898. Otto Wagner was commissioned to carry out the architectural design for the project. He came up with highly detailed plans for a sophisticated and cohesive work of large-scale architecture – a 34-kilometre-long railway that is still integral to Vienna’s public transport network to this day. Until 1945 the railway’s Hauptzollamt station, which is now Wien Mitte, was also the end of the line for the Pressburger Bahn Vienna-Bratislava electric railway, also known as the Pressburger Elektrische.

69 kilometres. The Pressburger Elektrische

The 69-kilometre-long Pressburger Bahn railway linked Vienna and Bratislava with a state-of-the-art electric line. Direct transport links between the neighbouring cities were subsequently severed due to the political developments of the 20th century, but the capitals of the two EU member states were connected once again by the Twin City Liner Danube river ferry in 2005 and the A6 motorway in 2007. The high-speed Twin City Rail line running between the two cities is also scheduled to open in 2023. Nicknamed the “Pressburger Elektrische” (Bratislava Electric), the line was a forerunner of a modern transport concept to link two European Twin cities.

This exhibition has been staged in collaboration with the Slovakian-Austrian TRAM project (www.tram.to) and Eisenbahnmuseum Schwechat (Schwechat railway museum).

Start of the exhibition: April 12th 2018 at Technisches Museum Wien.

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