Frequently asked Questions

How to get from the railway to the Rax-cable car? / How far is it to the Rax-cable car?

The cable car valley station ist approx. 1.8km (1.1mi) away from Hirschwang railway station and it takes you around 30 minutes to walk.

Where can I park my car?

In Payerbach and Reichenau you have plenty of parking space, but unfortunately not in Hirschwang. Precise maps of the railway stations area are on our german site "Anreise".

How do I get from the ÖBB-platform to the museum railway at Payerbach station?

At Payerbach-Reichenau station take the pedestrian tunnel to platform 2/3. At the end of the platform, walk along the parking space next to the cargo ramp. A precise map of the railway station is on our german site "Anreise".

Is it possible to take bikes, baby buggies and wheelchairs on board?

We can load bikes, baby buggies and wheelchairs along our space limitations in our trains. Please consider that our fleet consists of historical carriages which were not built accessible at the time of its construction. Objects which are wider than 65cm cannot be loaded due to the limitation of the doors. Additionally our carriages have high steps at the doors. We are not having any technical mechanism or support for disabled persons trying to board our carriages.

Do I have to book in advance?

Normally it is not necessary, but if you want to travel as a group of more than 10 persons, we recomend to a reservation via E-Mail.

How much does a trip cost?

Please refer to fare section of the english information page.

Can I get a discount?

Discounts can be only given on guest cards from the municipialities Reichenau and Payerbach. With the guest cards you pay the reduced fare (8,50€ intead of of 12€). For detailed information about fares refer to respective section of the english information page.

Is the ÖBB-Vorteilscard / the Klimaticket / the Niederösterreich-CARD valid on the Hell Valley museum railway?

The ÖBB-Vorteilscard, the Klimaticket and further public transport cards and tickets are not valid on the Hell Valley museum railway and you have to pay the regular fares.

With your Niederösterreich-CARD you have one round trip for the season included, but the return journey has to take place on the same day.

Do I have to return with the same train? / Can I make a stop-over?

You can take any train you want for your return journey or make stop-overs at any station on the line as long as you finish your trip on the same day.

Where can I get food and drinks? / Are there restaurants nearby?

At the station of Payerbach-Lokalbahn we run our own small shop where you can enjoy cold beverages, hot coffee, snacks and regional specialities. Further we there offer souvernirs, postcards, books and magazines from our museum railway.

Within walking distance of the stations Payerbach and Reichenau there are plenty of restaurants waiting for your visit. Many of them are listed in our information folder, which can be downloaded on the bottom of the german timetable page.

Can I visit the engine shed / the workshop / the powerhouse?

On days when the museum railway is in operation, we offer guided tours of the engine shed with the attached workshop in Hirschwang and in the powerhouse in Reichenau. Watch out for the eye symbol Führung nach Zugankunft in the timetable. The tours start after the marked train-arrivals directly at the railway stations in Hirschwang and Reichenau. Guided tours are only in German, but we recommend joining the tour anyway to examine all the historic rolling stock, a fully functional belt-driven transmission in motion and the almost 100 year-old rotary converter.

Can I rent a Hell Valley Railway Train?

You can rent your own Hell Valley Railway Train at nearly every time from Spring to Autumn. Further informations are available on our german site „Ihr ganz privater Zug“ or via E-Mail.

How can I support the Hell Valley Railway?

You can support our association's voluntary work with a donation or with a promotional membership in our association. The annual membership fee is 30€ and it is an important contribution to the further operation and preservation of the museum railway. As a member you will recieve every two month our electronic german newsletter "Lokalbahn-Aktuell" which informs you about all acitivities on our both museum railways - the Hell Valley Railway and the Ybbs Valley Mountain Railway. For application forms and further informations don't hesitate to contact our railway staff, visit our german information site or send us an e-mail to