• Former RAW I: The site is the seat of the BSW Gruppe Bahnstromanlagen der Berliner S-Bahn

    The site is the seat of the BSW Gruppe Bahnstromanlagen der Berliner S-Bahn Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

  • Former RAW I: A mercury-vapour rectifier from the collection

    A mercury-vapour rectifier from the collection Copyright:BSW Gruppe Bahnstromanlagen S-Bahn, Bildarchiv

Former RAW I

The abbreviation RAW for Reichsbahn-Ausbesserungswerke (National Railway Repair Works) was especially widely used in East German times, but actually originates from the pre-1918 imperial era. The site of the former Rail Engineering Workshop I stretches along the east-west railway tracks from Modersohnbrücke to Ostkreuz. In 1870 the first railway maintenance shops were built on the spacious site. Buildings were added successively, including housing and offices. Some of the buildings are still used by German Railways, others rented to external users.

When the Berlin S-Bahn was electrified in the 1920s the site became a crucial hub, with a workshop for the electrical equipment for the railway supply and the Markgrafendamm rectifier and switchgear station. In a converted workshop complex the “BSW Gruppe Bahnstromanlagen S-Bahn” informs interested visitors about the electricity supply for the Berlin S-Bahn.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

BSW Stiftung – Gruppe “Bahnstromanlagen S-Bahn” (German)

Werkstatthalle in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

Eisenbahnausbesserungswerk in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

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