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Ernest H. Robl: What’s wrong with passenger stations
Sunday 22 Feb 2009, 03:00
Filed under: Railroad

Ernest H. Robl: What’s wrong with passenger stations.

Okay, so why are so many rebuilt stations less useful after their “modernization?” Because the disturbing trend is that after the rebuilding, most of these newly activated station buildings now have far fewer tracks. In fact, in many cases, the stations have been turned from a Bahnhof into a Haltestelle.

Trains now simply stop on the mainline track or tracks, and there is no way for another train to get around the stopped train, let alone for some equipment to be parked there for any length of time.

The removal of tracks goes back to the same shortsighted outlook that let the station buildings fall into disrepair or be demolished in the first place. The attitude is that “What we have now is all that we will ever need.”

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