June 18, 2014

One of a Kind - Abandoned Railyard (Part 3)

The enginehouse with the dome roof was the last of its kind to be built in Germany. The nearby railway station was opened on October 1, 1893. Since August of 1924, the station was also serviced with electric commuter trains.
The railyard with a water tower, the two enginehouses and other buildings was closed permanently at the end of the 1990s. The area is slowly being stripped down. Most of the tracks are gone by now, and in 2009, the premises were sold to an investor that plans to build a huge furniture retail store with lots of parking spaces there.

After the first enginehouse and the "abandoned village" of other buildings our exploration led us to the second enginehouse. Not as spectacular a construction as the first one, but remarkable nonetheless. The huge turntable and the 24-track enginehouse sure were impressive.
The other "visitors" were really annoying at some points, running around and ruining some shots, but in the end we managed to get a couple of nice ones.

In spite of all the fuss about dealers and crime and police this was a great location to explore. I only wish that a monument of the industrial age such as this one could be saved and not be demolished in favor of consumerism.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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