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UP AND AWAY WITH U1: MÖCKERNBRÜCKE TO GLEISDREIECK

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”).

The original Gleisreieck in 1901

The original Gleisdreieck while still under construction in 1901

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).

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(photo: collection of W. Heuser on berlin-verkehrseiten.de)

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.

Möckern Bridge over the canal

Möckern Bridge over the canal

Brand new viaduct from 2010 replaced the old, by then rather rickety construction

Brand new viaduct from 2010 replaced the old, by then rather rickety construction

The view from under the viaduct towards Technik Museum in Trebbiner Strasse

The view from under the viaduct towards Technik Museum in Trebbiner Strasse

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The old lines of Anhalter Bahn and Hochbahn used to cross here over the canal (today Anhalter Bridge is used mostly by cyclists coming to Technik Museum visible on the left or travelling further across the Gleisdreieck Park into Kreuzberg or Schöneberg)

The old lines of Anhalter Bahn and Hochbahn used to cross here over the canal (today Anhalter Bridge is used mostly by cyclists coming to Technik Museum visible on the left or travelling further across the Gleisdreieck Park into Kreuzberg or Schöneberg)

The viaduct and the old Anhalter Bridge with Technik Museum on the left and the Durchfahrt (passage) right before Gleisdreieck Station

The viaduct bridge over Landwehrkanal - after the renovation of the line in 2010 the trains coming through the Trebbiner Strasse (to the left) can drive at 45kmh instead of 30kmh (make sure to take your photos fast)

The viaduct bridge over Landwehrkanal – after the renovation of the line in 2010 the trains coming through the Trebbiner Strasse (to the left) can drive at 45kmh instead of 30kmh (make sure to take your photos fast)

The U-Bahn passage through the building on the corner of Trebbiner Strasse and Tempelhofer Ufer (the original house destroyed during the WW2 air-raids)

The U-Bahn passage through the building on the corner of Trebbiner Strasse and Tempelhofer Ufer (the original house destroyed during the WW2 air-raids)

The viaduct gint into the wall of the Durchfahrt building

The viaduct going into the wall of the Durchfahrt building.

Gleisdreieck U-Bahn Station in Luckenwalderstrasse

Gleisdreieck U-Bahn Station in Luckenwalder Strasse

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The station built in 1912/1913 was designed by Sepp Kaiser and very carefully renovated during the last several years

The tracks towards Potsdamer Platz - the best place to listen to the fantastic sound of U1

The tracks towards Potsdamer Platz – the best place to listen to the fantastic sound of U1 and to watch the massive trains from below.

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At the end of those tracks (belonging to the U2 Line) is already Mitte.

2 comments on “UP AND AWAY WITH U1: MÖCKERNBRÜCKE TO GLEISDREIECK

  1. berlioz1935
    December 12, 2012

    The second last pictures features in the film “Der Himmel über Berlin”, also the viaduct at Skalitzer Strasse.

    • notmsparker
      December 13, 2012

      I actually thought so! Thank you, Peter. Will post the scene from the film – I love it. Just like 56472415 others who saw it:)

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