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British Military Train

The British Military Train 'The Berliner' travelled from Berlin back to the zone (Braunschweig) on a regular basis. It ran to re-inforce the point that the British had a right of travel by rail through East Germany. In the cold war era there was much suspicion and tension. Travelling on the train was an interesting experience.

The travel card below pointed out points of interest, especially military areas visibel from the train.  However calling in at the East German station for travel checks was a formal affair. No hanging out of the windows was allowed, no cameras should be visible.  The engine was swapped so that an East German one would continue to pull the carriages.

On the train was an area full of dried rations - just in case the East Germans or Soviets were to stop the train, it would be self sufficient until help arrived!


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