Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The Eastern Core Line opened for public service on February 18, 1902.
The photo was taken in Schöneberg next to Lutherkirche and the famous “Durchfahrthaus” (gate-house) in Dennewitzstraße. The viaduct runs along Bülowstraße and the owners of the buildings at No.71-73, directly behind it, were paid high compensation for having the steel bridge built extremely close to their house-fronts.
However, positioning the viaduct in this way, instead of having it in the middle of the street, was necessary: the parish of Lutherkirche lodged an official complaint, claiming that noise and tremors produced by the passing trains would disturb Sunday (but not only) mass.
Not suprisingly, the curve created in order to adjust the line to the Lutherkirche parish´s wishes came to be known as “Pastorenkurve“: Pastor´s Curve.