Friday, June 25, 2010

GÜSt Marienborn Railway Station ...

... DDR Vertrauliche Verschlußsache
schema Kontrollpassierpunkte / KPP ...
source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... After 1961 began the expansion of railway safety
systems at the border station Marienborn
and the branch Harbke.

As on the GÜSt Marienborn highway,
members of the border troops,
the Paßkontrolleinheiten (PKE)/
the passport
control units of MfS /the Stasi,
verified the passports.

On 1 June 1966, nearly five years
after the construction of the Wall,
the GDR-Deutsche Reichsbahn implemented
the increased specific safety measures of
the State Security Service / Stasi
at border stations.

Border officials and customs agents
would monitor incoming and outgoing traffic
according to established procedures,
with the utmost scrutiny.

In the six km long border stretch came technical
features such as Blindweichen/dead-end siding.
With the railroad switch a duty officer of the PKE
could in case of ' Republikflucht'/the crime of 'flight
from the republic', redirect the train on the branch
or even derail the train.

source: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... railway station Marienborn, 1966 ...
source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... former railway station Marienborn, april 2010 ...

... GÜSt Marienborn, DDR-Grenzübergangsstelle, 1966
border crossing site ...
source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... GÜSt Marienborn, railroad border crossing site,
on a trip to Berlin, in December 1979 ...

... Marienborn Station, in April 2010 ...

... GÜSt Marienborn, with observation bridge, 1966 ...
source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... the same observation bridge, in 1979
on a trip to Berlin ...

... GÜSt Marienborn, 1966
view from the observation bridge
source photo: Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn

... the former railway border crossing at Marienborn
station today is a stop at the railway line from

to Magdeburg, served by Regionalbahn
trains of the
Deutsche Bahn company...

... exploring around the abandoned former KPP-buildings,
in 2010 ...

... graffiti in 2010 ...

... frozen in time - 12 Einlaßgebäude GÜSt ...

Rail Road Security & Posts
The railroad control station was located about 4,8 km
east of the actual border in the village of Marienborn.

The normal guard configuration consisted of four posts.

Post B1.
The leader of the railroad guard with one other soldier
stayed on an observation bridge that spanned over
all the transit rails. From there they commanded
the other guard posts and secured the western entrance
of the control station. From their observation bridge
they also checked the roofs of passing trains
for people laying on top of them.

Post B2.
Guards observed from the roof of a signal building
and secured the eastern entrance of the station.

Post B5.
A single guard (something uncommon to the Grenz-
truppen) secured the entrance of the support area
of the station (a closed area with service buildings,
accommodations, canteens, offices etc.)

Duty Officer.
The Duty Officer and an assistant commanded
the control station.

Additional Posts.
When needed, more posts were implemented for special
situations or weather (fog, announced deserters or
fugitives, etc.). A two man patrol was used at different
intervals to check the area around the control station
and known hiding places.