Culture on wheels: ÖBB’s Glögglwaggon harmonizes railways with art

Culture on wheels: ÖBB’s Glögglwaggon harmonizes railways with art

This unique project with a musical railway carriage decorated with more than 40 bells turned a train journey through the Salzkammergut region into a concert.

In a fusion of art and rail transport, ÖBB's Rail Cargo Group (RCG) played a key role in heralding the Capital of Culture year 2024 by transporting the "Glögglwaggon" through the Salzkammergut region. This unique project, part of a wider cultural celebration, showcased an innovative blend of music and movement.

Designed by composer Georg Nussbaumer, the "Salzkammer(sc)hall" art project featured a moving sound sculpture mounted on a railway wagon. Over 40 bells of different pitches rang out as the train moved, creating a symphony of sounds influenced by the speed of the train and the Doppler effect. The project symbolised a dynamic celebration of Bad Ischl's designation as European Capital of Culture.

The success of this art project was a testimony to the cooperation within ÖBB. Apprentices at ÖBB Infrastruktur designed the bell frame, while RCG managed the special transport. The train journey from Attnang-Puchheim to Stainach-Irding became a moving concert, with the bells responding to the movement of the train and interacting with church bells along the route.

The Glögglwaggon's journey with the RCG marks an innovative intersection of culture and rail, bringing a unique auditory experience to the Salzkammergut region. It is an example of how railways can play a role beyond transport, contributing to cultural and artistic expression.

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