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You take the high road... by ZCochrane You take the high road... by ZCochrane
The Rübelandbahn is steep. That cannot be stressed enough, since just about everything that makes it interesting stems from that fact. Michaelstein is a great example. The line to the left leads to Blankenburg, while the line to the right leads to Rübeland. Trains have to change direction here (and hence always have a locomotive at each end nowadays, because running around would be too slow), but a direct connection would just have been too steep.

For some reason, Michaelstein is also a passenger station, or rather was, before passenger service on the line was cancelled (there are plans to have at least touristic trains with steam engines on weekends again). I don’t have the slightest clue why that is, as it’s in the middle of a huge forest. However, the footpath leading from here to the outskirts of Blankenburg is actually lit at night. Weird place. Anyway, 185 640-0 of hvle (Havelländische Eisenbahn, no idea why they always spell themselves with small letters) is now trailing on a train of empty carriages up the hill.

And yes, if you wanted to get from here to Scotland the downwards-leading line would indeed be the quicker choice.
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Matze112 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Rübelandbahn...Wendepunkt Michaelstein.
Die Steigung sieht echt beeindruckend aus!
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Student Photographer
Eindeutig. Ich muss da noch mal bei gutem Wetter hin, aber demnächst werde ich wohl keine Zeit haben…
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
:wow: At first I thought you had shot this with tele, but it's really awesomely steep. Great shot. :clap:
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconericforfriends:
EricForFriends Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
WOW thats a Steep hill!!!! What gradient is that? :o
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Photographer
Not sure what this is exactly, but the maximum gradient on the line (which might be here) is 60 ‰. So yes, that is steep. :D
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Jesus that is steep.... :o
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wugstopher Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
It would be awesome to see a steam locomotive powering up that hill.
What is the principal commodity on this line?
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Photographer
There is only commodity: Lots of Lignite, usually already processed in various ways. I don’t think there is any other traffic, but I may be wrong here.

As for Steam, great thought. In fact, a steam locomotive that was formerly used on the line is currently being restored to working order. Once that is done, they will start running regular passenger trains with it on weekends. I’m quite looking forward to that.
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