Berlin Frankfurter Allee station

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Berlin Frankfurter Allee station
S-Bahn-Logo.svg U-Bahn.svg
Through station
S-Bahn Berlin Frankfurter Allee Eingang.jpg
Entrance building
Location Berlin, Berlin
Germany
Coordinates 52°30′51″N 13°28′29″E / 52.51417°N 13.47472°E / 52.51417; 13.47472
Line(s) Ringbahn (KBS 200.41, 200.42, 200.8, 200.85)
Platforms 2
Other information
Station code 526
DS100 code BFAL
Category 4
History
Opened 1 May 1872; 144 years ago (1872-05-01)

Berlin Frankfurter Allee is a railway station situated on Frankfurter Allee in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin, close to the district's border with Lichtenberg. It is served by the S-Bahn lines S41, S42 (the ringbahn), S8, S85, S9 and the U-Bahn line U5.

S-Bahnhof[edit]

The station was first opened on 1 May 1872 as Friedrichsberg. In 1890-91 the current station Frankfurter Alle was opened, in addition to the platform between the tracks, the station had a brick entrance. When the U5 was built at the end of the 1920s the old Ringbahn bridge was torn down and replaced with a wider bridge. There was intended to be a direct connection between the underground U5 station and the above ground S-bahn station, however, this was never developed. It is not practical to build such a connection now as the S-bahn platform would need to be on the bridge over the road. As the rails are not wide apart enough to fit a platform between them, the bridge would need to be entirely rebuilt.

U-Bahn station[edit]

Platform of the subway station

The U-bahn station was opened on 21 December 1930 and called Frankfurter Allee (Ringbahn). This whole of the section of the U5 line that was opened that day was developed by Alfred Grenander.[1]

Originally the station was red, however it was changed to orange in the restoration of the station in the 1980s. After a second restoration in the 2004 the red colour was restored with a new wall tiles. A lift was added between the platform and the level immediately under the street (leaving one flight of stairs to be navigated) and there is direct access from this level to the neighbouring Ring-Centre shopping centre.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ J. Meyer-Kronthaler: Berlins U-Bahnhöfe. be.bra Verlag (1996)
Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
One-way operation
S41
toward Ringbahn (clockwise)
One-way operation
S42
toward Ringbahn (counter-clockwise)
toward Birkenwerder
S8
toward Zeuthen
toward Pankow
S9
Preceding station   Berlin U-Bahn   Following station
U5
towards Hönow