The Stadtbahn (Berlin City Railway)

The Stadtbahn is the main overground east-west railway in the city of Berlin, Germany. This entirely elevated, four track route carries an interesting array of S-Bahn (the Berlin metro), regional and express passenger trains (from Germany and further afield) through the city centre.

By JuergenGOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The interesting architecture and variety of trains that use the line would make for some very interesting modules.

The Stadtbahn “…connects the eastern district of Friedrichshain with Charlottenburg in the west via 11 intermediate stations including Hauptbahnhof”. Wikipedia

By Robert Aehnelt – Own work,
Original file by Maximilian Dörrbecker, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Stadtbahn is made up of four elevated tracks. Two tracks are used by Berlin S-Bahn routes S3, S5, S7 and S75, operated predominantly by BR 481 trains . The other two tracks are used by an array of regional, intercity, express and international train services. You can get a idea of the variety of locomotives and rolling stock you can see on the Stadtbahn in this Railpictures.net gallery.

There are a number of architecturally interesting and/or picturesque sections of the Stadtbahn that lend themselves to creating modules or cameos similar to David Lund’s Cross Street. The best examples for me have to be:

  • The approach to Alexanderplatz station where the buildings alongside the tracks serve as a ready-made backdrop with the elevated tracks taking centre stage in the foreground. The section in the link above also happens to be an interesting prototype for a curved city module.
  • The waterside brick-built arches of the Jannowitzbrucke section of the tracks alongside the river Spree. The picture below speaks for itself.

By TGr_79 – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr

  • The Friedrichstrasse and Zoologischer Garten stations; either would make an interesting scratch building project and impressive station modules.
  • ‘Museum Island’ where the tracks run between the Bode museum in the north and the Pergamon museum in the south. The bridge on the western side of the island across the Kupfergraben river and the imposing Pergamon museum in the foreground is shown in the picture below. The attractive stone bridge on the eastern side of the island across the Spree can be seen here.

By ArialA – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The other great thing about a set of Stadtbahn modules would be that you could probably justify running almost any German prototypes as “Until the summer of 2006, the Stadtbahn was the main thoroughfare for long-distance trains…” to and from Berlin, “…which usually stopped at Zoologischer Garten and Ostbahnhof.”  Wikipedia

That’s it for now but I’m sure I’ll be writing more about the Stadtbahn in future posts…

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