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Location DB > Germany > Berlin > Friedrichshain > Reichsbahnausbesserungwerk (RAW)
Reichsbahnausbesserungwerk (RAW)
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created by inventor on 7/28/2005 11:41 AM
last modified by north on 11/4/2006 2:44 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Revaler Strasse
Friedrichshain, Berlin
Owner: Deutsche Bahn AG (the German railway system).
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  •  Interesting Features
    The site is between 6 and 20 feet below the roads around the perimeter. Do not attempt to hop over the wall; there is a sheer drop on the other side! The external lighting on the buildings is still active and comes on automatically at dusk, so be wary of touching any electrical equipment. The roof of Building 2 (on my map) is partially collapsed. Several of the buildings contain pits between the tracks for working on locomotives. Building 4 contains some deep pits filled with water, some of which are concealed under weak sheets of rubber or plastic. There is also broken glass everywhere. Try or for a decent street-level map.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1950
    Closed: 1990
     Required Equipment
     Recommended Equipment
    Torch, gloves, telephone, etc.
    In the time of a divided Germany, Berlin had two main stations: one for trains entering from the east, and another for trains entering from the west. The following information I have pieced together from several sources, so if anyone knows better please correct me. Trains did not usually cross the border from East Berlin to West Berlin. The eastern main station was Berlin Ostbahnhof and trains terminating there could be serviced in the Reichsbahnausbesserungwerk (RAW). When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, there were two train maintenance depots very close together, and it appears that Deutsche Bahn chose to close the RAW (the eastern depot, which was probably less well-equipped) in favour of the western depot. The buildings were subsequently abandoned.

    In total the site probably occupies 50 acres. There are five large blocks of buildings, as shown on my hand-drawn map. Deutsche Bahn must have removed all the equipment from the depot when it closed, as there is scarcely a sign of it; just a large workbench with a vice and some compressed air tanks remain. The site has been heavily vandalised and there is evidence of solvent abuse in some buildings, but I didn't meet anyone the evening I explored. When I reached the far end of the site I heard a few noises and felt a little uneasy, as if I was being watched, but no one appeared. Despite the fact that the buildings are empty it's well worth a visit. The shells of the buildings are mostly intact, with the signs, enormous sodium lamps and railway tracks still present. With around 30 covered sidings for rolling stock maintenance it was clearly a very busy depot from the 1950s until the early '90s. Another interesting feature of the site is a nightclub called Cassiopeia and a skateboarding park with a small cafe, which is a popular alternative venue in Berlin.

    While in Berlin, you might want to explore a few other abandoned sites. There are many along the railway tracks, and a good way to take a first look is to take the S-Bahn from Zoologischer Garten to Ostkreuz. Most of these sites have metal fences around them, but it's usually easy to find a way in. Another place which could be exciting is a building called Dienstleistungszentrum Spandauer Tor. I noticed this building in 2002 and never got a chance to explore it, but I'll mention it anyway - it might still be a promising UE location. It was some kind of plate-glass office complex built 10-15 years ago in northwest Berlin. Partway through the project the money ran out, so the building site was abandoned. Trees grow around the half-finished plate-glass building. It's a pretty spooky place. It's also next to the BMW motorcycle factory, which I believe offers tours if you book in advance. The motorcycle factory should help you locate it. I don't recall the address.

    Finally, if you need a cheap-but-nice place to stay in Berlin, try This place is a converted factory; most explorers will love it!
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     Future Plans
    The buildings will probably be demolished and the site redeveloped, as is happening to many sites throughout the city. The current rate of development in Berlin is incredible compared to what is found in most European cities.

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    Mon, Dec 26th, 2005
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    posted by Napoleoninrags
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