Some more lessons on how not to build a railway...
1&2) Wuppertal and Hanover... Spot the differences
The station hasn't moved at all and the lines leaving to the left have only changed slightly in the last 70 years!
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Looks so quiet and peaceful... mainly because it was, at this stage the tunnels through the mountains weren't built and the mountain line had a single DMU plodding along it.
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Boom? Chaos. The line to the tunnels runs out of the bottom screen in the right corner. Mental area that all works, amazingly. Note the transrapid station cleverly slotted in
Pforzheim has developed again as a major junction following increased use of part of the old mountain route to a Chemical works and a small iron ore mine. The travelling road service is going strong now with 3 trains in operation. There are plans to cascade faster locomotives to the service to improve it but for the time being the BR140s are in the process of getting a lick of paint.
A private rail firm got the contract for carrying chemicals away from the chemical works and one of their Blue Tiger locomotives can be seen passing through Pforzheim station. Pforzheim yard still remains an important transit point as diesel traction is swapped for Electric through the tunnels.
Finally, a new station was built on the line to kiel to serve the growing suburban population. When new BR612s are introduced to the line the station will be opened to passengers.
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