Monday, July 25, 2016

Rostock, Warnemünde, Stralsund

Today I will travelling around the northern part of East Germany, federal states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
First I'm taking Intercity line 26 from Dresden to Westerland(Sylt). I will however only travel a short distance from Berlin to Ludwigslust.
Modernised in 2012 second class open seat coach
Shortly after departure from Berlin Hauptbahnhof, there is also a stop at Berlin Spandau station.
Berlin Spandau is serving ICE trains as well, services to Hamburg, Köln and Basel.

Intercity is the second-highest train classification in Germany, after the ICE. The main difference is that IC is locomotive hauled train with older coaches. However, maximum speed is 200km/h, which is possible to achieve on Berlin-Hamburg line.
Berlin-Hamburg line was the first high-speed line upgraded in Germany to be capable of handling train speeds of over 200 km/h. The line was taken into service1846 and it was then the longest trunk route in the German states. Here is Neustadt(Dosse) station.
Bad Wilsnack
Bahnhofsquartier Bad Wilsnack is now a hotel. Painter Wolfgang Mock has designed façade of the station building with motifs from the history Bad Wilsnacks.
Wittenberge was the most important railway hub between Hamburg and Berlin as it is a junction station for Wittenberg-Stendal railway.
The station is serving ODEG service RE2 Cottbus-Wismar
During the modernisation of Wittenberge station in 2000, the running speed through the station was raised from 30 to 160 km/h. ICE trains for service Berlin-Hamburg do not stop here.
Passengers arriving from Stendal, Magdeburg and Leipzig are changing trains here for further travel to north-west
DB Vehicle maintenance facility
Next stop Ludwigslust is where I together with many other passengers change from one IC to another. The time for changing trains is very short due to a delay.
Ludwigslust is named after Prince Ludwig who in 1724 built here a residence. Two locomotives of type Siemens Vectron AC from MRCE - Mitsui Rail Capital Europe GmbH, München
Next IC is line 56 from Leipzig to Warnemünde. This line is only operated during the summer.
RB17 Ludwigslust-Wismar service operated with Bombardier Talent2 train
I'm now taking off from Berlin-Hamburg railway and taking on the Ludwigslust–Wismar railway
We have now entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which is the sixth largest German state by area, and the least densely populated.

We are now connecting with Hagenow–Schwerin railway
Schwerin - the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
The light is green, it is time to go

Bad Kleinen
We are now taking Bad Kleinen-Rostock railway
DBAG Class 225 (DB V 160 family) from 1970's operated by NBE RAIL GmbH, Aschaffenburg
Arriving to Bützow
Bützow is a starting point for Bützow–Szczecin railway

Since 2006 there are direct train service from Lübeck to Szczecin in Poland. The trip is around 5h.
DB Class 101 locomotive hauling our Intercity
Coaches are supporting 200km/h
Warnowwerft Warnemünde was the largest shipyards of the GDR, and it was established in 1948
We are now passing along the Unterwarnow which is the estuary of the Warnow River
The last part of this IC train journey is made on Neustrelitz–Warnemünde railway
The last stop is Warnemünde which is a seaside resort and Germany's most important cruise port

IC operates here only during the summer time
However, there is an S-Bahn service to Rostock

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch lived here 1907-1908 and his famous painting "The scream" was made here.

For the trip back from Wanremünde I'm taking this S-Bahn service to Rostock
Inside Talent2 train
Rostock harbour operates ferries to/from Sweden.
TT-Line is operating service Rostock-Trelleborg
Rostock main station
Vossloh Tramlink "6N2" in Rostock. The tram entered the service in 2014
Duewag 6NGTWDE tram from 1994
Neuer Markt square

I'm back to Rostock train station
Regional Express train
My next train is another Intercity, this time to Stralsund

Restaurant coach of the Intercity train
Bridge over Warnow river
I am taking now Stralsund–Rostock railway

The line is a single track one
Stadler Flirt operates here Hanse-Express line between Rostock–Stralsund–Lietzow–Sassnitz
Stralsund as well as Rostock belongs to so called Hanseatic towns.

DB Class 646 (Stadler GTW) operated by Usedomer Bäderbahn (UBB)
Service Stralsund - Świnoujście is operated since 2007
Painting of Rügen and Stralsund from 1935 (painted by Erich Kliefert)

Stralsund station
Stadler Flirt

View from top of St. Mary's Church
The other large church in Stralsund is Nikolaikirche
The Intercity train I've arrived with is parked in Stralsund

To the right is the Strelasund bridge to the German island of Rügen

Memorial to Soviet soldiers.

City hall
Coat of arms with lion and griffin

Back to train station. My last train for today is a Regional Express to Berlin. This east german locomotive of DB Class 112 is hauling the train
The locomotive has maximum speed of 140km/h
The journey to Berlin is around 3h and 23 stops until Berlin. RE trains do not have dining coach, however there is a service corner
Vending machines
First we are taking Angermünde–Stralsund railway, which is part of the long distance line from Berlin to Rügen
Double deck coach

Groß Kiesow

Klein Bünzow
Peene river
Passengers are having drinks with them onboard. It seems to be allowed here in Germany, while it is not allowed in Sweden.
In 2011, wind power was producing about 7.7% of Germany’s total electrical power. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern wind power had 46% share of the net electrical energy consumption

Bombardier TRAXX F140 DE from PRESS - Eisenbahn-Bau- and Betriebsgesellschaft Pressnitztalbahn mbH, Jöhstadt
Schulstraße in Warnitz(Uckermark)
In Angermünde the train is following the Berlin–Szczecin railway. The old route originally began at Nordbahnhof in Berlin.
Eberswalde Hbf
Finally arriving to Berlin Hbf. The train continues to Falkenberg/Elster which a 2h further trip. The old railway to Falkenberg would start at Anhalter bahnhof (closed for traffic in 1952).

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