day of the stamp - Austria / II. Republic of Austria 2016 - 288 Euro Cent
|Country||Austria / II. Republic of Austria|
|Chronological Issue Number||2631|
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The Steinamanger-Pinkafel local railway, which connected the two villages Szombathely (Steinamanger) in Hungary and Pinkafeld in Burgenland from 1888 onwards, is today called Pinkatalbahn - the name derives from the Pinkatal, through which the railway was led over large parts. On December 16, 1888, the route from Szombathely via Rechnitz and Oberwart to Pinkafeld in today's Burgenland was solemnly opened - at that time Burgenland belonged to the Hungarian part of the monarchy as "West Hungary". After the First World War, Burgenland fell to Austria under the terms of the Treaty of Saint Germain. In 1925, the railway line from Pinkafeld Pinggau continued to Friedberg in Styria and connected via the exchange railway with the Austrian route network. After the establishment of the Iron Curtain, the tracks were demolished on the Hungarian side after the end of the Second World War in the 1950s and the railway line ended in Rechnitz. Structural changes meant that gradually more and more track sections were shut down on Austrian territory. Passenger traffic on the section Oberwart-Friedberg was discontinued in 2011 and the route with a length of around 28 kilometers was only used for freight transport, above all by the wood and metal industry. Currently, the state of Burgenland is operator of the railway line. A resumption of passenger traffic and cross-border traffic to Hungary has been under discussion for years: The "GrenzBahn" project is intended to link Austria and Hungary by rail. The special stamp shows on one side the station of Pinkafeld. On the upper part of the mark is the station of Szombathely, which is considered an important traffic junction. Among other things meet there some lines of the Raaberbahn together, intercity trains to Budapest and Győr and express trains directly to Vienna. The two communities are symbolically connected by a steam locomotive of the 377 series, as it was around 1900 in use. The Stamp of the Stamp Day 2016 has a face value of 2,88 Euro, the surcharge of 1,44 Euro is used to promote philately.