When we last jumped off the train, we arrived with the Kreutzberg Ring in Thorshafen. Now it is time to continue the journey along the west coast of the Kreutzberg Peninsula. The tracks we will be rolling on today is used by both the Kreutzberg Ring and the West Kreutzberg Line, and it is one of the busiest stretches of rail in the nation.
After leaving Thorshafen, we will pass the following stations:
Lindtner - Niederkreutz - Kempler - Kemplertor* - Eisenbrücke* - St. Addieline* - Victoria Central*
*) These stations are all inside the city borders of Victoria.
Heading south from Thorshafen, our first stop is the small city of Lindtner. This is quite an anonymous place, and even the locals have a hard time explaining why you should consider a longer stay here. Lindtner is basically a place to live, not to visit. However, some people will definately enjoy feeling the sea breeze when strolling along the promenade, or feel the sacred silence inside Lindtner Monastery.
Just east of the station, the monastery is easibly visible sitting proudly on top of a hill - with the cars on the B-11 roaring just below.
Niederkreutz is a village located on the southern tip of the mountain Kreutzberg. Squeezed between the mountain, fields and forests, the inhabitants have used every spot of flat land they could find to build their houses. The same goes for the rail. It twists and turns to make it's way to the station.
The motorway B-11 dips into a tunnel and runs straight through (or under) the village. Trains, however, have always stopped at Niederkreutz. This is the Niederkreutz station area.
After leaving Niederkreutz, it is not far until we arrive Kempler. "The little sister", remember?
A lot of commuters have asked for an upgrade of the West Kreutzberg Line stations lately. Due to the increase in traffic, the need for larger platforms and C-Rail standards have been suggested. The downside is that the stretch is old, and development surrounding the tracks is dense. It is simply no room left for extensive expansions. Or is it? As we enter Victoria, it is clear that if there is a will, there is a way.. But, hey.. Victoria is the capital, after all..
The first of the "Victorian" stations on our journey, is Kemplertor. The blue logo indicates that this is a C-Rail station. As the station also serves Reinhard Schellinger Stadion, these platforms can be quite crowded on matchdays.
Just east of the station is Kemplertor Junction. This rail split is actually where the northbound (top) and the westbound (left) Kreutzberg Ring separates.
Deeper inside Victoria is Eisenbrücke Station. The city's northern freight station is also located in this area.
Deeper into the urban jungle, there is still room for some greenery. The North Victoria Junction is where the North Line (Nordlinie) arrives from the left, and the Kreutzberg Ring and the West Kreutzberg Line arrives from the right.
The final picture in this update is from the St. Addieline station area. This is the last stop before Victoria Central. The buildings are now taller, the traffic is more intense, and now and then the Overground thunders above the tracks. Welcome to Victoria.
Hope you liked it!