North East Germany & Berlin in September 2015
22 September 2015
From one German Baltic coast island to another - Rügen to Usedom.
Putbus Circus has an obelisk at its centre.
Looking along the trackbed of the old Altefähr to Putbus line at Garz.
Closer to Altefähr the line has become a paved cyclepath.
Altefähr standard gauge station towards Stralsund. The line is single over the bridge from the mainland onto Rügen island.
The narrow gauge depot and buildings which remain at Altefähr.
Altefähr station with a view to one of the prominent churches of Stralsund.
Modern traction in Stralsund.
If it wasn’t for the modern cars and road signs it could be Communist times.
Peenemunde Museum entrance which is the former power station’s control bunker.
Inside the control bunker which was setup with defence in mind.
The preserved power station at Peenemunde and associated coal conveyer and crane.
The former power station’s control bunker.
The memorial to some of those who died at Peenemunde stands in front of a replica V2 rocket.
A replica V2 rocket painted in the colours used for the test rockets.
The Peenemunde development complex had its own railway system due to the area covered. This electric multiple unit represents the trains used, but is of a different sort.
The large outdoor exhibits at Peenemunde Museum includes a V1 rocket complimenting the train and V2 rocket.
This map shows the extent of the development complexes at Peenemunde on Usedom island.
V2 nose cones, the one of the left having been recovered from a crashed rocket.
V2 rocket nose cones.
The excellent museum includes a number of models of test facilities used during rocket development.
Genuine V2 rocket parts. The signs bottom right show, in red, where on a V2 the parts were installed.
V2 rocket engine Alcohol/Oxygen mixing chambers.
Various parts from inside of a V1 rocket.
A compressor from a V2.
The museum is in the former power station. Part of a steam turbine is on display in the largely gutted turbine hall.
A view of the external exhibits from the roof of the power station.
In the harbour at Peenemunde is a former USSR nuclear submarine.
The propulsion system from a small ship.
Coal handling machinery at Peenemunde.
The museum’s V1 rocket and partial launch ramp.
V1 launch ramp and catapult.
On the Baltic Sea facing beach near Peenemunde looking towards Poland.
On the beach looking roughly west.
Much of the area around Peenemunde is off limits as it contains unexploded ordnance. This area contained the production facilities for the V2s.
A key part of the V2’s fuel system was liquid oxygen. A plant was built to provide it. The building remains but is in poor condition.
The oxygen plant at Peenemunde.
Peenemunde oxygen plant.
The oxygen plant doesn’t retain any of its internal fittings.
Peenemunde retains a railway and passenger service. Trains from here head to Zinnowitz where they connect to others running further afield.
The former railway system used at the Peenemunde complex and subsequently by the DDR military ran in the trees alongside the road.
Much use of forced labour occurred at Peenemunde. This is a former concentration camp site.
A representation of the former concentration camp.
Within the grounds of the concentration camp. An accommodation hut would have stood here.
The former station at Peenemunde West.
Signs that the railways on the island were electrified.
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