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Report - Train Graveyard, MV, Germany

Atomhirsch

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The whole complex was built in the mid-80s as a gigantic railway ferry harbor with a town-sized marshalling yard in two gauges - partially standard 1435mm, partially russian 1520mm. The huge freight terminal was necessary due to the political changes in Poland which made the railway transport from eastern Germany to the USSR almost impossible. To solve that problem, the ferry port was built at the most eastern place in the GDR. Four railway ferries were built too.

With the fall of the iron curtain the ferry port became instantly obsolete. It is still used for links to Scandinavia, even the original connection to Klaipeda and St. Petersburg are still active. But the huge railway net and the infrastructure connected to it is almost completely abandoned. A big heating plant, halls, cranes, it all is in decay, but almost free from vandalism because of the very remote location.

The german railways (Deutsche Bahn) now uses parts of the area as a temporary railway graveyard. Countless cars and locomotives are standing there, rusting and waiting for their last ride to the scrapyard.

The pictures were made in October 2010 and May 2011.

Coal crane at the heating plant:
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Coal escalator:
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The plant...
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...inside:
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The chimney is visible from everywhere, no chance to miss it.
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The plant was abandoned for sure, but the pipes still made noises like water running through them.
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Okay, what do we find at the tracks? White Phosphorus from Kazakhstan, for example. Instant Death.
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Many abandoned 1520mm gauge shunters...
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Also abandoned: Class 708 catenary maintenance cars.
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A lot of them.
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A few 100 meters further, there is the death row for the class 232 diesel engines.
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On top on one of the abandoned crane tracks...
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Inside the crane driver's cabin.
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3000 horse powers.
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Another few 100 meters, the death row of passenger cars began. Countless of them are standing there, many of them appear to be in good condition.

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Well, the doors weren't locked.
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Perfect condition.
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Nearby, some double-decker regional train cars. An open window is an open invitation. :)
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Oh, it was the first class waggon.
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And at last: The cockpit. Even the board computer was still inside.
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I hope that weren't too many pictures. :) But the location is so f*cking huge, I still haven't explored everything there.
 

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