The Semmering Line
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The railway line across the Northern Alps from Niederösterreich to Styria is known as the Semmeringbahn. Romulus traversed this mountain railway, extending 41 km from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag, through numerous tunnels and curves and over a series of 16 impressive stone arch viaducts. The largest of these, Kalte Rinne Viaduct, is 184 m long. (Constructed in 1854, the entire railway route through the mountains was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 for its engineering significance.) Up and down the mountainsides, over and through the man-made structures continued the train, while peaks, valleys, and vistas unfolded out of the window. I've read a number of recommendations about taking a night train between Vienna and Venice. But, if you do that, you'll miss some spectacular scenery through these mountains!
The train reached the 898 m summit inside Semmering Tunnel. At 1.5 km, nearly a mile, it’s the longest of the 10 tunnels. After Semmering Tunnel, the train quickly descended out of the mountains to Mürzzuschlag and the Mur River valley.
Romulus was a limited express, and did not stop at the namesake town of Semmering. The first stop wasn't until Bruck an den Mur, after the train was already out of the mountains. Bruck an den Mur, a small city industrial on the Mur River, marked the entry into Styria and Southern Austria.