through traffic was started, and on July 17th also passenger transportation.
There was a lot of discussion before the construction works started,
if such mountain line based on regular railroad technology would
work at all.
a serious alternative a cable operated line using a direct track
path was proposed at that time.
May 16th 2004 the first event with regard to 150 years Semmering
railway took place.
day two special trains were in operation on the mountain. Firstly
a historical composition headed by the steam engine class 52.4984
supported by class 1020.47 and secondly a modern train headed by
the brand new loco Taurus 1116.200 plus fitting carriages. Because
the real 1116.200 was not ready on time, the loco originally foreseen
for the number 1116.193 was dedicated to be 1116.200.