Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
On this day, February 18 1902 the first #Hochbahn line, now #U1, opened for public service in Berlin: #Berlin U-Bahn network, the heart of #BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe or “Berlin Public Transport Company”) was born.
By now this network stretches over nearly 147 kilometres and covers 173 stations placed both under and the over the ground. Siemens & Halske, the company behind the network’s original concept, as well as the great people behind the original Hochbahn/Underpflasterbahn project foresaw that developed.
It is therefore with great pleasure and with a healthy sprinkling of both pride and relief that I would like to present my latest audio-tour “Take The U Train: Berlin’s Oldest Elevated Railway Line Part I”.
It is a downloadable 120-minute long series of recordings telling the story of the line’s genesis, its designers, engineers as well as critics and supporters, and explaining why its winding viaduct is a marvel of engineering and its stations a thing of beauty even if some of the eastern U1 stops (like “Kottbusser Tor”) might seem uninviting.
Let me take you back in time to the days when none of today’s comforts were obvious and when the arrival of the new city railway line was considered by a blessing by some and by a curse by others. We can safely say that history and time proved the latter group wrong.
You can listen to the audio-tour while walking/driving along today’s U1 line (start at U-Bhf Warschauer Straße and end at U-Bhf “Gleisdreieck”) or you can enjoy it as continuous listening from home or any other location. To download use VoiceMap app (you can listen to the tour while walking with recordings triggered manually or triggering automatically per GPS) or visit their page online.