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Connecting landlocked Vienna to the port of Trieste, the Imperial-Royal South Railway was vital to the Habsburg Empire for both trade and tourism. The superb second 20 euro silver coin in the Austrian Railways series charting the history of rail in Austria commemorates the 150th anniversary of the line’s completion in 1857.
The Southern Railway (German: Südbahn) is a railway in Austria that runs from Vienna to Graz and the border with Slovenia at Spielfeld via Semmering and Bruck an der Mur. It was originally built by the Austrian Southern Railway company and ran to Ljubljana and Trieste, the main seaport of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy; a main obstacle in its construction was getting over the Semmering Pass over the Northern Limestone Alps. The twin-track, electrified section that runs through the current territory of Austria is owned and operated by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and is one of the major lines in the country.
Each coin comes in a case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
One of the numerous viaducts bridging the mountain valleys is shown on the coin’s obverse behind the Steinbrück, the locomotive specially built for the railway in 1848 by the Wien-Gloggnitzer Railway Works. Retired in 1879. The oldest existing Austrian steam locomotive. She was built with American locomotives in mind, which can be seen from the arrangement of the cylinders and the additional truck.
Depicts the harbour city of Trieste with the locomotive Type 17c372 getting out of the viaduct leading to the railway station. In the background sailing ships can be seen.
K.K. SÜDBAHN WIEN-TRIEST