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October 26, 2010

messe nord

a100 | spiegelweg


The motorway A100, sliced into the city in the 60ties and 70ties, follows the circular rail.

When coming to Berlin in 2000 i wondered about these abandoned platforms at the stations of the circular rail, like the one you see on the right, at Station "Messe Nord (Witzleben)". And i spotted unused busstop-structures at the motorway. I had to use the wikipedia, to learn this:

The circular rail was run by the GDR-Reichsbahn, even in West-Berlin, so a lot of West-Berliners boycotted it.
1980, after a strike of the GDR-stuff, the circular rail was shut over night. It is reopened now, but some lines run different, so some platforms seem to have remained it the state, they have been left 1980.

As an Alternative, there were bus-lines on the circular motorway A100. The busstops were directly at the motorway, and there were stair-structures, to acess them. The first i spotted was one at Jakob-Kaiserplatz, i sketched last year and that is now demolished.






At Messe Nord (on the todays drawing on top) the stairs, that lead to the motorway-busstop below are harder to find: The entrance seems to be in the cubic building at the very left, that now contains the "bistro guenes" (in summer 2009 right) - i have visited and sketched this several times, without noticing its hidden history.

12 comments :

Swasky said...

Really nice city sketches, I like that one drawn by night. Congrats!

VHein said...

Great post, Rolf, and I too especially love the night sketch!

Catalina Somolinos said...

wow this are great Rolf! I always enjoy your lines, and these at night are Super!

entintades said...

So cool!! I like especially the last one. Good work!!

Isabel said...

beautiful lines and color, great series love the one with the bicycle

stupot said...

Great drawings Rolf - it's an incredible situation, having these stations. I'm trying to think of a use for them. S

Luis Ruiz said...

You know how much I admire your drawings, Rolf. But let me say I also admire how the story is narrated in your posts, both with written description and sketches; and finally how the post is graphically composed.

rolf schroeter said...

thank you all!

stupot - yes, somebody should use them, i wouldnt mind, e.g. eating the falaffel, they make at the "bistro", in a room downstairs with panorama window to motorway (instead out in the cold..)

luis - thank you. i found out, that one can use extra features positioning images in text, when uploading them directly to the blog, instead linking them from flickr (i normaly prefer to host them there. guess, that somebody, who knows html better than me, could do this even with those...)

TIA said...

great post and great energy in the sketches.

AVBK said...

Great drawings again!

James Hobbs said...

These are great and I like the story. It reminded me of London's ghost Tube stations that still exist, passengerless, around the city.

Lucia B. said...

These sketches are wonderful, I especially like the night painting!