Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


Behold the new #BVG U-Bahn train which will join the city´s rolling stock in October 2017.

And, as always with Berlin trains – whether #UBahn or #SBahn – you can count on a it having a crisp, catchy and witty name. So meet “Dicke Icke” (Fat/Big I) – the expanded version of the already used “Icke” trains.

The difference between the two types results from a historical pecularity of Berlin´s U-Bahn system: lines U1-U4 are narrow profile lines using carriages (2.3 metres wide), while all remaining lines (U5, U55, U6, U7, U8 and U9) implement the wide profile system with carriages of 2.6 metres instead.

“Dicke Icke” was made for the latter.


To find out more about the secrets and peculiarities of Berlin´s #UBahn , read “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion” published by yours truly in August 2016.

2 comments on “HERE COMES DICKE ICKE

  1. berlioz1935
    Jul 5, 2017

    Alles schon mal da gewesen! We had that before after the war. Small profile carriages were travelling on the former C Line ( U 6 ).

    • notmsparker
      Jul 5, 2017

      Stimmt:) With Blummenbretter, right? To compensate for the distance between a narrow profile train and wide profile line platforms.

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