Berlin: The elevated U-Bahn line U1
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Berlin: The elevated U-Bahn line U1

October 11, 2019


We are back in Berlin taking a look at the U-Bahn line U1. Opened in 1902, this line runs for most of its part on an elevated viaduct. The first station is Schlesisches Tor in the district of Berlin-Kreuzberg. It is the second-last station on the line, with the terminus Warschauer Straße on the eastern bank of the River Spree. Many stations on the line have a quite beautiful station roof architecture. Line U1 is part of the “Kleinprofil” division with a smaller loading gauge, as are the lines U2, U3, and U4. During the division of Berlin, this station was the eastern terminus since the next station “Warschauer Straße”, was already in East Berlin. Today, trains go all the way to Warschauer Straße. This is a GI stock train, also lovingly called “Gisela”. These trains were manufactured in East Germany during the 1980s. On the day of filming, there were plenty in operation. The GI stock has a very characteristic high-pitch traction sound. The departing train is formed of A3L 92 stock. One station west from before, we are now at Görlitzer Bahnhof. The station is named after a former railway station, which has been closed in 1951. Today the site is a large park. When it opened in 1902, the station was called Oranienstraße. It has been renamed to Görlitzer Bahnhof (Oranienstraße) in 1926, and finally to Görlitzer Bahnhof in 1982. Another Gisela train departing eastbound. We are now two stations west from before. The westbound platform is accessed via this building. Looking towards the east, one can see the elevated viaduct at the centre of the road. Access to the eastbound platform is via this glass building, which was constructed in 1991 to replace the prior brick station building which stood on the same site. The station roof construction is similar to that of the previously shown station. This is an A3E stock train, originally constructed in 1966, but modernised in 2005. The yellow lighting of the station makes for a stark contrast with the deep blue evening sky. The Gisela is my favourite stock on the Berlin U-Bahn. View from the western end of the station. This is the same train departing towards Warschauer Straße station. Again, we hopped two stations westward. This station is on the bank of the “Landwehrkanal”, a canal flowing through the Borough of Kreuzberg. The original station as it opened in 1902 was very similar to Görlitzer Bahnhof, seen earlier. The station as it appears today has been rebuilt during the Nazi era in 1937. Its roof now covers the entire length of the platforms. Once more, two stations west from before. The U-Bahn line travels underground, with the station entrances located on the centre of the street. Construction of the underground stations is done in typical cut & cover fashion with steel columns supporting the street above. This station opened in 1926 and is not part of the original line. It is located parallel to the main line a few hundred metres away and was conceived to relieve pressure off the very busy section between Gleisdreieck and Wittenbergplatz. The architecture is unpretentious as the station was constructed during a time where money was scarce. We have now arrived at the western terminus. This train terminates here and will reverse via sidings beyond the station platforms. On the other platform trains are departing for Warschauer Straße. U-Bahn map from 1927; U1 is green.

54 Comments

  • Reply Ah non Monsieur je suis un Mirage-2000 June 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    04:40 lol that lady

  • Reply John Morrison June 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    From a technical viewpoint, a quality product. Crisp definition, clear colors, sharp and with interesting sound including that high pitched traction motor. Some of the Germans looked very uncomfortable being filmed and you seem to have gotten cursed (not that I know German curse words). Did some assume you were part of the police or security services?

    Question Herr Luftschlange. Are these stations barrier/gate free? It looks that way. You pay for a ticket, put it into validation box and board, right? Multiple-day tourist card needs to be validated and then you are free to travel on everything in A and B zones, without doing anything else, right?

  • Reply Bearkeeper June 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Gisela ♥ , great video

  • Reply Peter Long June 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Very well done and some nice moments.

  • Reply Peter Chase June 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Why are the train windows covered with patterns?

  • Reply Bell Thirasak June 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    10:29 spotted 2 cute guys

  • Reply Robert June 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the video.
    Why are there mirrors on the platform?

  • Reply Tom Marino June 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Your videos are excellent and the captions are so informative

  • Reply Anton V. June 12, 2017 at 5:38 am

    nice train

  • Reply Adam Pasálek June 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Do more videos from Berlin. This video is beautiful.

  • Reply metr0p0Iitain June 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Very nice overview! I'm wondering about the great number of Giselas on the U1 line. Usually you'll find them on the U2 line. Have you tried the "Burgermeister" at Schlesisches Tor? It's very recommendable!

  • Reply NorthernRail June 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Is it just me or are these trains quite narrow compared to the rest of the U-Bahn network?

  • Reply trainluvr June 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    You should get an award for this one. When I discovered this el it was also at twilight. I got on a tram without knowing where it would end up, but it took me to the terminal where there are not one, but two different antique elevated stations next to a brick carbarn. I was almost moved to tears at this surprise. I then rode the U1 back downtown enjoying the swift travel over gentle curves. I saw hundreds of happy Germans in sidewalk cafes and sitting down to dinner in their homes, all from the brisk, smooth, quiet el train. And these scenes were repeated for what seemed to be the majority of the travel above ground. This was one my most memorable experiences in my entire life of rail fanning. I bitterly regretted not having the time to stick around and try to document what I just described, but your video will help preserve that treasured memory of what a proper el and city could be, not just in artistic renderings, but in real life. There are precious few steel city viaducts for rapid transit in the world, and almost none of them outside Paris, and maybe Chicago that have significant portions where they are welcome members of a flourishing and humane City Scape. Here is living proof of the paradise the human habitat could have been for many millions today. The story of how we permitted ourselves to be herded into miserable, isolated compartments of autos and tacky suburbs should be studied by all serious urban transit enthusiasts.

  • Reply David Ng June 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Nice video! You should eventually come see the Second Avenue Subway here in NYC.

  • Reply Christina Lim June 24, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    why no video now and why you upload so less now?

  • Reply UnitedStatesOfEmbarrassment10018 July 1, 2017 at 2:09 am

    When will u come back to New York?

  • Reply Lewis DSD July 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Another impeccable video. Your attention to detail makes this videos a piece of art. And also very enjoyable.

  • Reply Spidy Man July 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I remember this line as a kid. U1 was fast. Is that the line that goes from Alexanderplatz to Pankow?

  • Reply mr moomooface July 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I love this metro but some of the stock like the one at 1:21* really needs upgraded! It looks out of place with the futuristic-looking new stock! (*sorry, i don't know how to use one of those links to a certain point of the video)

  • Reply Jim Holder July 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    A truly superior video of this historic line! Professional-level quality, too! Great job!

  • Reply EpicThe112 August 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Nice job and the Berlin-U Bahn has similarities to the MTA New York City subway is that it's rolling stock is divided into Small Profile (MTA IRT Trains) and Large Profile Trains (MTA BMT J,L,M,N,Q,R T (pre Christie Street connection West End line) W & Z trains IND A,B,C,D,E,F & G trains) which can mean that the MTA can possibly test a Berlin U-Bahn small profile train on the IRT West and East side main lines while a Large Profile Berlin-U Bahn train can be tested on BMT Brighton Broadway lines and via Christie Street Connection 6th ave Line or 8th Ave line via W 4th or 59th street West side Line

  • Reply Claribel Reillo September 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Beat beat him a sheep I said beat beat Bama sheep

  • Reply Pixooball October 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    DEEEEUUUUTTTSSSCCCHHHLLLLAAAAAANNNNDDDDD MACH BITTE LEIPZIG

  • Reply Shomer 35 November 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Jeil!
    Echt schön..

  • Reply łaciata orka November 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    watching trains is hypnotizing 🙂

  • Reply Bruno56 January 8, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Then we can make another King Kong movie set in Berlin. Like in New York, King Kong smashes the Berlin U Bahn, climb the German television tower holding a blonde Fraulein, instead the Empire Building, & Lufwaffe jets shot him down. And the movie producer saying "it was beauty that got the beast", in German of course.

  • Reply Skylord Ah Gaming January 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Why close the doors so quickly. That guy at 11:38 was waiting on the platform already but by the time everyone got out the doors already closed

  • Reply Aviation Cork January 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Wow! Seeing Uhlandstraße U-bahnhof brings back many memories from staying their in 2013, That BMW dealership is well worth a visit! It features a BMW simulator which is always very fun 🙂

  • Reply AndreiTupolev January 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    4:00 he looks street.

  • Reply AndreiTupolev January 26, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Electronic displays are helpful. "Please refer to timetable" isn't it saying.

  • Reply Peter Orlowski January 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Grandios Liebe es grüße von neue Blumen Straße 11-13

  • Reply Peter Orlowski January 30, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Its von Uhland Straße to warschauer Straße Das Mans weiß

  • Reply Peter Orlowski January 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Gisela G1 und 2 HK Ik A3

  • Reply Julen Diaz March 1, 2018 at 6:02 am

    J

  • Reply RedLizard Aviation March 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Can somebody tell me what the difference is between U Bahn and S Bahn

  • Reply bassman19944 March 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Warum nichts von U Kottbusser Tor? (Why nothing from U Kottbusser Tor?)

  • Reply girlstorm09 March 9, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    their el and subway stations seem so much cleaner then ours in chicago…ours is full of trash,dried piss,and smelly bums…..yuck!!

  • Reply April Sherlise March 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    BMW

  • Reply Helena E April 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    U bahn s bahn

  • Reply Philipp April 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    The lamp at the door at 4:43 doesen't look like the others

  • Reply Lev Leontiev April 24, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Хч

  • Reply desmondjr johnston May 19, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    like-the-bright-colour

  • Reply Harvey Dee July 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Cool video!

  • Reply Adriana Zepeda August 10, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Is new train

  • Reply Vano production November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Real top think about it

  • Reply Eisenbahn Fan December 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Heute fährt keine gisela auf der u1

  • Reply German Gonzalez March 6, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I noticed that in this particular video, the u bahn is elevated. Could somebody tell me what percentage of the subway system of Berlin is elevated and which one is underground?

  • Reply Peter Long April 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Very nicely done, as usual. Thank you!

  • Reply Dion Damaris April 9, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I think I've seen this type of train in the movie Gotcha!

  • Reply Belle Tiggeler April 24, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    wow this reminds me of line 2 of the paris metro! a little different in architectural style, but same principle

  • Reply John Stuart June 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Everything is very clean.

  • Reply Simon August 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    NOTHING will beat London’s train network

  • Reply - MarimBoi - August 26, 2019 at 11:21 am

    This is so relaxing.

  • Reply Sàbîà Khan September 23, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I'm so lucky person who gets tourist visa from Pakistan 🇵🇰. ☺️
    Berlin I'll be there soon…

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