Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Gleisdreieck is the 7th (counting from Oberbaumbrücke) and the last of U1 stations in Kreuzberg (out of 13 stations altogether which continue through Schöneberg to Charlottenburg).
It is also the biggest one. Built in 1902 as a junction station it served the following several train lines: Anhalter Railways, Dresdner Railways, Hochbahn and Wannseebahn.
The name, meaning “a triangle” in German, might sound odd today but it did not come out of nowhere – we are here in Prussia, after all. The Gleisdreieck junction was originally shaped like a triangle, with three lines of tracks meeting at more less 45-degree-angle (with emphasis on “more-less”).
After the terrible accident that took place there on September 26th, 1908 (about which you can read in the following post) the junction and the station were re-designed and made safer for the thousands and thousands of passengers using them daily.
What makes this particular section of U1 line in Kreuzberg really special is the Durchfahrt (passage) through the building on the corner of Trebbiner Strasse (opposite Technik Museum) and Tempelhofer Ufer. It has always been there as the photo below proves but today it is more of a gate through which after the last renovation of the line the trains shoot out at the impressive speed of 45 km/h (keep your camera very ready).
So, meine Damen und Herren, here is the last batch of U1 photos for the Borough of Kreuzberg: from Möckernstrasse to Gleisdreieck. Der Zug fährt ab.