Bahnbetriebswerk Leipzig-Wahren

THE ABANDONED STATION IN GERMANY

At the beginning of the 20th century, all marshalling yards were moved from central Leipzig to the suburbs. This included the Leipzig-Wahren freight yard, which was opened on 9 April 1905. At the same time, the Leipzig-Wahren locomotive depot ‘Bahnbetriebswerk Leipzig-Wahren’ was built on the north side on the yard.

The Wahren passenger station was already opened in 1841. But after 1905 the focus of the station shifted to cargo transport. The railway yard and the freight ring towards Schönefeld were electrified in 1914, but shortly after the beginning of the First World War the operation of electric trains in central Germany was stopped and the systems were dismantled for the production of non-ferrous metals. The overhead wiring systems were rebuilt between 1921 and 1923, but the railway was not electrified until 1934. During the course of the Second World War, the station was repeatedly attacked from the air and considerably damage was inflicted. As a result the re-electrification of the line for the second time took place in 1960. In the middle of the 1970s, a workshop for the training of electric signal mechanics was set up in the rooms of the former station restaurant.

In 1994 the last train left the Bahnbetriebswerk. The two roundhouses and several buildings became abandoned. The 32 railtracks are long gone, but there still is an old railroad police building, several offices and the twin watertowers. These photos of ‘Bahnbetriebswerk Leipzig-Wahren’ were taken in 2009.

Built 1905
Abandoned 1994
Endangered
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