Bike Touring Highlight
“Womb of the Railroad” (Walter Benjamin) : The Anhalter Bahnhof station was a place of longing for Berliners. The first train bound for the Duchy of Anhalt departed from here, as did the “Riviera Express.” After the station was demolished (1959–61), the only thing left of Franz Schwechten’s monument of urban railway architecture was the portico of the main building. Electric arc lamps by Siemens made the old entrance hall so bright that, as one contemporary witness raved, “you could read the tiniest print.” An important safety factor for railroads is the ability to transmit information about the progress of trains and breakdowns. The telegraph technology developed by Siemens came right on cue. The telegraph line buried in the railroad embankment was one of Siemens’ very first orders.
May 14, 2019
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