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Tag Archives: Germany
My first experience of the railways of Europe was at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof, which happens to the busiest railway station in Germany – and the scale of the station was amazing, with a total of 32 platforms across three levels.
The Russian city of Saint Petersburg is a located across a collection of islands, divided by the Neva River, and reconnected by a series of lift bridges that allow boats to head upriver. So how do electric trains, trams and trolleybuses make their way across?
There is one thing you can’t avoid when travelling – needing to go to the toilet.
My journey across Europe started in the German city of Frankfurt am Main, and my second stop was the Austrian capital of Vienna, with a seven hour long train trip between the two.
When I think of Germany’s railways the first thing to come to mind is their network of high speed ICE trains that cover the entire country, and after riding them I wasn’t disappointed. However the scenery I saw out the window showed me a side of their railways I didn’t expect – abandoned infrastructure galore.
Over in Frankfurt I spent some time photographing the straßenbahn network. On seeing tram below, my thoughts went back to the Australian city of Adelaide, where almost identical trams are in service. So how are the two related?
I didn’t spend much time in Frankfurt, but I did manage to take a short trip around their underground railway (U-Bahn) network. Along the way I came across what looked like a disused platform, with the only clue being a ‘Feuerwehr Übungstunnel’ sign on the steel gate – so what was it?
In Germany trams are called ‘Straßenbahn>’ and the places they stop are called ‘Haltestelle’ – which come in a number of different designs. The ‘Überfahrbare Kaphaltestelle‘ (traversable Kaphaltestelle) is the one of most interest to someone from a tram network such as Melbourne.