- Tures valley railroad
Infobox rail line
name = Tures valley railroad
image_width = 270px
type = passenger/freight
status = abandoned
stations = 7
July 21, 1908
February 1, 1957
Austrian Southern Railway/ Ferrovie dello Stato
linelength = 15,40 km
gauge = RailGauge|sg
el = 800
Volt direct current
elevation = |
The Tures Valley railroad connected
Campo Tureswith the Pusteria Valley railroad.
Just after leaving the station of
Brunicoand after crossing the Rienza, the track followed the Ahr river until the terminus. Only two bridges were necessary to build the line. Between the two termini there had been the stations of San Giorgio, Gais, Uttenheim, Mühlen in Taufers and Kematen.
The railroad was built by the famous Tirolean railway engineer Josef Riehl and from 1907 300 people were working on the construction site. The needed 800
Volt direct currentfor the train where produced by a small power plant in the valley using the water of the Ahr River. Until World War I the service was provided by the same company that ran the Brennero railwayand the Pusteria Valley railroad. The cars had two motors with each 48 Kilowattpower. Because the line had only one track from one end to the other only one train could drive back and forward. Six trains daily got from Brunico to Campo Tures and vice versa in 50 minutes.Like many other secondary train lines the service today is made by buses.
Today the track is part of the south Tyrolean bike trail network, no signs of the old railway are visible.
* Josef Dultinger: "Vergessene Vergangenheit". Verlag Dr. Rudolf Erhard, Rum 1982
* Josef Dultinger: "Auf schmaler Spur durch Südtirol". Verlag Dr. Rudolf Erhard, Rum 1982
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