Only ghost trains now run at the Wernerwerk station, part of the Siemensbahn. Wernerwerk railway line was built by the Siemens Group to help their employees get to work quickly and effortlessly. The station belongs to a group of three Siemens-owned stations which have now fallen into disrepair – an urban explorer’s playground suspended above the road and the nearby industrial estate.
A Railway in Ruins
Signs of squatting could be seen, such as burnt out fires and litter collected on the stairways. The graffiti was tagging rather than masterpieces which gave it more of a neglected feeling than other abandoned places in Berlin – the railway is truly forgotten. Getting into the station involved a lot of climbing as the line is on a bridge running over the road and all entries at ground level have been efficiently secured (very German indeed).
The platform was bubbling and crumbling in places, tree roots made their way through the tarmac, an insects playground. It felt weird standing and looking down the track as if waiting for a ghost train to appear. The hustle and bustle from the street below seemed a long way off and the platform provided a good view of the surrounding area.
Walking down the tracks towards the river was like a minefield, the sleepers were discarded haphazardly along the tracks. Bolts were facing upwards, begging to be tripped over. It led me to the River Spree, a dead end without the railway bridge.
The line ran from the ringbahn (S41/S42) at Jungfernheide to three further stops; Wernerwerk, Siemens City and Gartenfeld. It’s kind of ironic that I now work at the old Siemens Stadt and have to get the bus there, knowing that this station exists. The line ran over the River Spree via a bridge which has since been dismantled, an eerie leftover skeleton remains. For those brave enough, you can walk out over the water.
The Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft approved the building of a new line. It was only approved because the CEO of Siemens was also the Chairman of the board of directors at the DRG. The Siemens company paid for and constructed the line with the DRG overseeing the project. Construction started in 1927 and took two years to complete.
After the Siemens Group headquarters relocated to Munich, the number of people using the train dropped significantly. The railway line became one of the least used lines in Berlin. Other contributing factors were the almost parallel U-Bahn station that opened and that the use of transport owned by the DRG was politically incorrect in West Berlin. The trains were replaced with older models and the service ran at less frequent intervals. After the Reichsbahn strike in September 1980, the service was finally stopped.
I saw two guys who were also exploring, they were entering as I was leaving. Apart from that, there was not a soul around. The area was fairly easy to get into if you don’t mind a bit of climbing and not a lot of foot traffic meant that no one was being nosey enough to call the police.
Disclaimer: I do not claim to have ever trespassed on this property nor do I condone doing so.
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