Recently I came across a viral photo on Facebook that showed a railway track dropping over the edge of a cliff, then continuing on below. So where was the photo taken, and why is the track layout so ridiculous?
That sent me down a German-language rabbit hole, that ended on a German model railway forum.
Where they were asking the same question I was.
Can somebody tell me for what this “step” in the track is for?
And a half answer.
This is the museum track of the Leipzig Hbf.
The display includes steam locomotives.
As well as slightly newer electric units.
Wikipedia lists the exhibits.
On the site of closed track No. 24, several historical Deutsche Reichsbahn locomotives are on display:
- Class 52 steam locomotive 52 5448-7
- Class SVT 137 Diesel multiple unit 137 225
- Class E04 AC electric locomotive E04 01
- Class E44 AC electric locomotive E44 046
- Class E94 AC electric locomotive E94 056
But the reason for the difference in track height eluded me – the answers didn’t seem right.
Apparently the platforms were raised, because in the pictures it is quite flat. I also remember that you had to climb up to the cars and jumped down when you were a kid.
Probably on this platform, for historical reasons, it has been refurbished to show how things used to be.
Until finally – one that made sense:
Because underneath the “elevated track” is the loading dock, garbage disposal, etc.
You can see for yourself if you just turn into the parking garage, or look from outside the station hall.
I think the track was used only as a “stylistic agent” with everything looks like the other tracks.