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From Station to Station - Rails in Berlin
"Look at a map of Berlin and you see rail routes all round it and large rail-related lands where there used to be stations in the centre. So this is my quiz about rail in Germany's new capital..."
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As we approach Berlin under the clouds, we see a so-called "outer ring" rail route. But why was this circular route built?
The route allowed Berliners easier access to the countryside.
So that East German and Soviet rail traffic could pass around West Berlin.
The route was a 300kph test track for high-speed trains.
It was purely a job creation scheme.
As we approach the centre of Berlin we see an inner rail ring encircling the city centre. What was the purpose of this original ring?
To allow sightseeing tours of the city.
To help define Fare Zone "A".
So that tourists could be taken the long way round .
To avoid having to change stations.
Waiting for our bags we see in our guidebook that Berlin in its heyday had many terminus stations, one major one being the "Anhalter Bahnhof". ("Bahnhof" means "station" in German). But why was this station so called?
All trains had to stop there ("anhalten").
It served Halle and the region of "Anhalt".
Trains were infrequent, so travellers used to hitch-hike instead ("per Anhalter reisen").
Its construction was sponsored by the Anhalter brewery company.
Berlin landmarks: the Anhalter Bahnhof was rebuilt in 1880 to a design by architect Franz Schwechten. But which landmark also came from his drawing board?
The Red Town Hall
The Palace of the Republic on the Spree river.
The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church.
The television tower.
We take an underground train to Potsdamer Platz and, using a map, we walk past some bits of the Wall to the location of the Anhalter Bahnhof. We might wish to check the map again once we arrive there. Why?
All there is left standing is a remnant of the entrance portico.
It is an autobahn interchange.
It is now a giant mall - "Kaufhaus des Südens".
In the Cold War, it was deliberately shown in the wrong place.
We take the S-Bahn train to Friedrichstrasse station. That "S" stands for something - but what is that missing German word for which is stands?
(One German word (two options - think "fast" or "town")..)
We arrive at Friedrichstrasse station. What was unusual about it in the days of the Wall?
It was legally part of Yugoslavia.
No trains stopped here.
Although inside the Wall, it was a border crossing point.
It was rebuilt on a lake in Georgia, Soviet Union.
"Berlin Hauptbahnhof" was the title of the present "Ostbahnhof" from 1987 to 1998. We travel through a former terminus and current S-bahn station which is being comprehensively rebuilt as a new main station for the 21st century. Name the station which will become "Berlin Hauptbahnhof" and already carries the name.
We arrive at the Bahnhof Zoo station, in the centre of West Berlin. Which pop act was inspired to record the track "Zoo Station"?
The Toy Dolls.
Berlin had many terminus stations for lines radiating out in all directions. Of the following pairs of station names, some are real and some are made up. In which of the following name pairs are BOTH stations fictitious? (i.e the correct option to choose is the one where neither one nor the other station ever existed as a terminus in Berlin)
Which two names are made up?
Wörlitzer Bahnhof and Döner Bahnhof.
Wörlitzer Bahnhof and Görlitzer Bahnhof.
Hamburger Bahnhof and Frankfurter Bahnhof.
Anhalter Bahnhof and Inter-Rail Bahnhof.
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Compiled Jun 28 12