19 February 2012

Deutsche Bahn Infrastructure

RE Deutsche Bahn AG Maschen GFDL
By User:Wiki-observer (User:Wiki-observer) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

For anyone who had traveled using the German train system, it will be probably evident that there is a lot of infrastructure in disuse (an example in pictures).

Buildings in different small terminals, control towers, warehouses and train lines are completely almost falling apart, covered with plants or rusting. Completely and utterly abandoned. 

I started to wonder why this could be the case. There are at least two cases where better logistics impact in the infrastructure. First, with the advent of computers and thus a better logistics and quicker telecommunications systems, the need of such a decentralized control network is reduced and thus the operating costs can be reduced. 

Bahnhof Mülheim-Heißen 1
By Saviour1981 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

And in the case of the train lines, the use of them can be planned and optimized to a higher degree, being modified dynamically in a much easier way. Thus the need of lines is reduced and also their maintenance. And probably many of those lines still exist because the cost of taking them out would be higher than just let them lay there.


B. said...

Estás desarrollando un fetiche por trenes y su infraestructura? Es una fijación casi Sheldoniana. ;)

Nolambar von Lómeanor said...


Solo me llama la atención el sistema ferroviario.

Me gustaría leer alguna tesis donde hagan un análisis comparativo del desarrollo industrial alemán (o de USA) con el desarrollo ferroviario.