Too Much Information?
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Thameslink "Tube" - Better In Berlin? (drei)
fbb can remember nothing of his rail trip to Potsdam, taken whilst waiting for a late evening flight back to Blighty, except that there was some form of hold up and his return train to Zoo was delayed. But after being rather underwhelmed by U-Bahn information in yesterday's blog, his reaction was exactly opposite when exploring the S-Bahn web site.
Wannsee (upper right) is an important interchange between the S-Bahn and Regional DB trains. It is also home to the terminus of S1 and on the way to Potsdam with S7.
So here is Wannsee station, courtesy of Google Earth with See upper left.
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Now let's look at the web site to find information about the train services.
No, it didn't. S2 is closely associated with S25 and S26 (all GREEN) and this is, indeed, confirmed by the route diagram.
Click on a route and you get a wodge of information about each station ...
... plus a link to a departure list.
And there, in all its glory was a PDF timetable for S-Bahn line 1 (extract below).
The S1 connects Berlin Wannsee to Oranienburg in Oberhavel County, Brandenburg via Zehlendorf and Schöneberg. It travels through the North-South S-Bahn tunnel and stops at Friedrichstraße via Gesundbrunnen.
The line runs every 20 minutes to Oranienburg and offers passenger services between Wannsee and Frohnau at 10-minute intervals during the day. From Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes additional trains are offered during rush hours between Zehlendorf and Potsdamer Platz (trains are not available during the Christmas and summer holidays). The train runs every 30 minutes through the night on Friday and Saturday.
The translation could be a bit better but it explains everything, including the peak hour extras which do not appear in the PDF timetable. And S1 runs all night seven days a week. [Takt is untranslated by the wondrous Google except as "tact". DB introduced a new clock-face national timetable a good few years ago which was "Taktfahrplan Deutsch" which implied a German Network-wide timetable, so, Takt in this context, means "Network"???)
... available on all web pages but not prioritised. The JP seems to happy with U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Bus and Regional Railways but, unlike the full DB site, doesn't do international. So, rather than a silly circuitous rail route from Wannsee to the U-Bahn terminus at Krumme Lanke ...
Of course U-Bahn, S-Bahn and bus have a common fares structure ...
Unlike in London (with one tram route), there is no attempt to include the former East Berlin tram network on the U/S-bahn diagram, just because it runs on rails.
Interestingly, and maybe confusingly, "big" trams services have a prefix letter M for "Metro"!
Tomorrow, we end this mini series by looking at S-Bahn maps; and perhaps a few P.S. items.
We will also attempt to answer the question posed in the heading of these blogs, namely, is the network as presented on line "Better in Berlin"
Next Better in Berlin (?) blog : Thursday 14th January