Now that the Berlin weather has finally gotten a little bit less wintry, we are back on the hunt for the traces of abandoned railway routes. Last week, it was the Berlin M-Bahn, one of the world’s earliest magnetic-levitation train routes.
Construction on this line began in the centre of Berlin in 1983, and had just opened for testing in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down, rendering the entire project obsolete overnight. In the end, the line only ran as an open part of the city’s transport network for a grand total of two weeks, in July 1991, before closing for good. Here are a couple of impressions from this week, along with an excerpt from one of the original promotional videos for the line.
Our intention for our research on the M-Bahn line, together with other lines from different eras of rail transport in Berlin and Brandenburg, is to juxtapose our documentation of these routes with machine-learning generated audio of non-existent trains—thus combining the physical routes of these now-absent trains with an accompaniment of nonexistent, computer-imagined sound.
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