Back in the beginning of the 20 th century, Berlin was the largest industrial city in Germany. One of the companies that lead that was Siemens, with its headquarters in Berlin. It grew so much and so quickly that it became a city on its own called Siemensstadt.
With more than 17.000 workers, from more than 90.000 in the factory, taking the train to work at Siemens every day, the S-Bahnhof Siemensstadt started its service in 1929. Before that, only a small and distant station served this purpose but it wasn’t close enough to the factories. Eventually, Carl Friedrich Von Siemens decided to build a new railway line and since he was also President of the Board of the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft, it was easy to make this work. This is how the Gartenfeld, Siemensstadt and Wernerwerke stations became the infrastructural spine of Siemensstadt.
the S-Bahnhof Siemensstadt was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Large parts of the tracks were dismantled by the Soviets and sent back to Russia. It took a few years but on december 1956, after restoring the Spreebrücke, service was restored. But since Siemens moved its headquarters to Munich, there wasn’t much to do with this S-Bahn line. Towards the late seventies, trains were running a 20 minute cycle with an average of 30 commuters using the service.
After the Reichsbahnerstreik in September 1980, the line crossing the former Siemensstadt S-Bahnhof was shut down forever. With a new U7 subway line close by and a lack of commuters, nobody found a reason for it to exist. Most of the track structure has been dismantled and scrapped over the years but the building of the former S-Bahnhof Siemensstadt still stands. You can even read the broken lettering from older times when it was still being used as a train station.
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