The Builders

Workers came from all parts of Austria-Hungary and other neighboring countries to build the railway. They stayed in makeshift wooden barracks next to the track or in apartments rented out by enterprising locals, who opened new inns and shops in the villages along the planned route and earned additional income by selling agricultural products and building materials. During construction of the railway, many people found work as stonecutters, carpenters, or simply unskilled workers, and owners of draft animals earned their living by transporting building materials and working at the construction sites.

With the arrival of the workers, many inconveniences and problems occurred in the villages along the route that the locals were not initially prepared to deal with. Outbreaks of infectious diseases, thefts, and damage to private land were frequent, but the municipal authorities’ greatest concern was maintaining law and order.