5 May

Very interesting about the transport system in Berlin shortly after the end of the war. Thanks for sharing!


After on April 25th, 1945 the whole public transportation system in Berlin came to a halt and the city went up in flames, it was indeed short of a miracle that the first trams, buses and trains could take up their service less than a week after Germany´s surrender.

On May 13th, the same day Berlin´s first Soviet Commander, General Nikolai Bersarin signed an order (Order No. 6) to re-establish the S-Bahn and U-Bahn traffic in Germany´s capital, the first passengers used the bus line – “Linie T” – from Onkel Toms Hüte to Schönow.

The first U-Bahn trains set off on May 14th, 1945 in Neukölln: along one section of the future U7 (then still known as Linie C I) with the service running between the stations Hermannplatz and Bergstrasse. Another fast resurrected line was part of the future U8 (Linie D) from Boddinstrasse to Schönleinstrasse. Due to the…

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  1. The Emu May 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    Interesting reading your historical accounts Uta, they disclose a part of post war that is not usually read about, you show the personal side, well done.

    • auntyuta May 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

      Thanks for commenting, Ian. We know this Berlin Kreuzberg woman who posted the above blog “The Wheels keep on rolling”. She does a lot of research on Berlin’s past.

      • The Emu May 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

        Thanks Uta, I knew there was a relationship to the post.

  2. gerard oosterman May 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    It did not take long for the German efficiency and sense of order to get things moving so quickly.

    • auntyuta May 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Well, some things can be done more quickly than others. There were shortages for years to come. This is what you get in the aftermath of war.

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