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Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf – An Abandoned Train Yard

The Roundhouse of Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in BerlinUrban exploring doesn’t get much easier than a visit to the Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf (far easier to visit than say) an abandoned train yard in Berlin.  The train sheds, administrative buildings and turntable are conveniently (for exploring and formerly for repairing and servicing trains) right next to the S-Bahnhof.

Crossing the open land between the road and the main buildings I was a little nervous about being seen from the train station but there are no walls, fences or other barriers.

Opened on 1 October 1893 the train yard and depot operated until the 1990s but has been derelict since.  For a more detailed history of the Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf read this post on Digital Cosmonaut.

The first building I entered was the Roundhouse.

Inside the Roundhouse at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

Columns and Windows inside the Roundhouse at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

Smile - Street Art by Unknown Artist at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf

Back outside, I made my way through a number of outbuildings to the Train Turntable (Drehscheibe).

Shooting Target - Street Art by Unknown Artist at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf

The Engine Sheds, Train Turntable (Drehscheibe) and Administration Building at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

The Administration Building and Operating Booth of the Train Turntable at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

The Administration Building and Train Turntable (Drehscheibe) at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

Then into the Engine sheds.

Sunlight Through a Hole in the Roof of the Engine Shed at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf

18 at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

Inside the Engine Shed at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

I went to Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf after my visit to the abandoned Iraqi Embassy so the light was fading at this stage and I didn’t have time to check out the administrative building.  Watching the sun setting over the buildings I didn’t want to leave but exploring in the dark isn’t easy and is potentially dangerous.

The Roundhouse of Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin at Dusk

The Engine Sheds and Train Turntable (Drehscheibe) at Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

Sunset at the Roundhouse of Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin

For more impressions of the abandoned Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf in Berlin, check out this iPhone video from Albert N Romero.

Güterbahnhof Berlin-Pankow – Abandoned Train Roundhouse

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5 Responses to Bahnbetriebswerk Pankow-Heinersdorf – An Abandoned Train Yard

  1. Paul. 29 April, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Another great piece, and some where I’m going to explore on my next visit to Berlin.

    I think I’ve seen this from the train going past and didn’t know what it was, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. notmsparker 2 May, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Love it! I know the place from passing it by by car for years. Time to go and see it from inside:)

  3. randy hoffmann 21 September, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    Visiting from Toronto Canada Sept. 24 – Oct. 2. 2014 and looking at a few ubex options in / around Berlin to shoot video / timelapse. Anyone interested to join and explore with me at this and other locations ? Please email me @ r_hoff2002@hotmail.com. Cheers ! Randy. Btw i speak fluent German as well.

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