Berlin is affected by remnants of its chequered previous, with some being extra treasured than others. One window into the town’s historical past has been quietly saved operating by a gaggle of prepare fans in an unsuspecting constructing in Marzahn, a neighbourhood within the north-east of the German capital.
In 1989, through the “turning point” which led to the autumn of the Berlin Wall, former prepare driving teacher Lutz Tannigel took a liking to a coaching simulator which was initially inbuilt 1968 in Halle an der Saale, a metropolis simply outdoors Leipzig. Instead of being scrapped, the machine was taken to Berlin and transformed to teach drivers for the town’s S-bahn (suburban rail) trains. However, it confronted an unsure destiny once more when its expertise turned outdated. “We didn’t want to scrap it, it was too big for different museums – so we decided to found a museum group ourselves,” Tannigel instructed the Berliner Kurier.
Along with fellow railway fans Linus Leißner and Tobias Hirsch, Tannigel has been preserving the machine in motion and providing excursions of the catchily-named Historischer S-Bahn Fahrsimulator Berlin. The expertise of driving an East German prepare via the streets of GDR Berlin is complemented by video recordings of the routes, which had been captured in 1989 by particular trains and recorded on optical discs the scale of vinyl information.
Despite the staff’s laborious work, the growing older expertise is inflicting issues and requires fixed repairs. Tannigel is hoping to boost €6000 (US$7430) to maintain the simulator operating. “The technology is still working, but it is very old. We always have to fix something – and especially the old computer, an Amiga 3000, can break every day.” The staff could be contacted for viewing appointments right here.
Words: Ryan Barrell