Expansion, new stations and timetables – and Interrail.
The "New Austrotakt" (NAT'91) was a milestone in the history of ÖBB.
In 1991, the time had come: starting with the summer timetable, the "New Austrotakt" was introduced. This Austria-wide timetable was made possible by the ongoing extensions to the main lines and the resulting reduction in journey times between the transfer stations.
NAT'91 was defined by minute-exact arrival and departure times at defined junction stations every one or two hours. The new system allowed passengers to change directly from local to long-distance services and vice versa, significantly reducing their overall travel times. The concept proved itself well: it is still the basis for timetables in Austria, expanding ever further each year.
Cover photo: Fast train in the new Austrotakt NAT 91, 1991.
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