Sleeping Beauty

The special situation of West Berlin led to some odds. One of it was the city’s railway traffic – not including metros, though – being operated by the GDR’s Deutsche Reichsbahn. Due to some post-war jurisdiction details, also the actual properties (tracks, stations etc) were actually ex-territory to West Berlin.

Since also the revenues from operating the Berlin S-Bahn benefited the East, during cold war, West Berliners were urged to (and frankly did) refuse using the S-Bahn, which in turn made the GDR cut maintenance and operation costs to an absolute minimum. As a consequence, most stations decayed visibly, waiting for better days and more traffic.