The preserved Steyr Valley Railway is one of the oldest continually steam-powered railways in all of Europe. Also known as the 'Steyrtalbahn', the line links the Baroque town of Steyr with pretty Grünberg, running for just under 11 miles.
Our journey on the heritage railway runs in this direction, beginning in Steyr. From here, our steam train tour leaves the town behind and enters the broad Steyr Valley. This section of the line is incredibly picturesque, with traditional chalets and ancient churches punctuating the wild, rural scenery. Our journey continues further along the valley, the train running in view of the River Steyr - famed throughout Austria for its wonderfully clear waters - the whole time. The line then enters a delightful wooded area, where many different birds can often be seen. The engine can be heard working especially hard at this point, as it navigates the sloping ascent. The view then opens up again as we continue through the glorious green meadows alongside the river. Our train soon crosses the river on a striking iron bridge, then makes its way along the opposite bank, crossing through lush pastures before arriving in Grünberg, a town with a well-preserved centre.