On the 4th of June 2023, my little Arad and I found ourselves in Waidhofen a.d. Ybbs, surrounded by the charm of old-fashioned trains. You know, my son has this incredible fascination with trains – it’s like he’s got a train conductor’s heart right there in his little chest. The weather was just perfect for our adventure as we hopped on an ÖBB train that brought us to Waidhofen.

Now, waiting for that old city train was a bit of a game. We sat there at the station, excitement bubbling up, and after about half an hour, guess what? The train made its grand entrance. It felt like stepping back in time. This train, let me tell you, had a few stops around the city. But the best part was the ride itself – a nostalgic journey that tickled the heart.

The real magic, though, was seeing my boy’s eyes light up. I mean, there’s something truly heartwarming about watching your child so passionate and thrilled. He had been talking about this little adventure for a whole week! So, you can imagine his joy as we stepped into that blue train, feeling the creak of the wooden chairs beneath us. It was just a one-wagon affair, and the sounds – the rhythmic chug of the train and that diesel engine purring – they were like a ticket to another era. The story of this railway and its construction goes back to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. You can find more information about this in this link. This railway is also mentioned in the documentary Eisenbahn-Romantik.

This ride might have been short (about 3 kilometers), but it was the stuff memories are made of. The joy on my son’s face, the feeling of being transported back in time – all of it turned a regular day into something utterly special. Just goes to show, sometimes the simplest things, like an old blue train, can leave the biggest impact.

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