The mountain champion sits high over the huge complex, with him the threads run together that night. His face is greatly illuminated by the appearance of the three screens, otherwise it’s dark there. The coarse windows offer a magnificent overview of the widely branched track system in the orange light of hundreds of lamps, on the horizon the skyline of hamburg. With the red emergency button, the mountain champion can make everything there drugs. Like the wellty model railway in the world, it looks in this clear summer night, but that is not, by no means.
Around the clock
"This is europe’s larger shunting station, we are european champion", says head of manfred stobrave. The studied mechanical engineer is 59 and for 36 years at the train. The ranging station mesh is seven kilometers long and 700 meters wide. Inaugurated the plant on the 7. July 1977, exactly seven years after the first groundbreaking ceremony. With the commissioning, funf ragierbahnhofen lost at least part of their tasks in hamburg. For decades had had to be converted daily over 2000 good cars several times, because the train formation was distributed. The new facility was far more efficient and safer.
"We work around the clock, there is never complete standstill", says stobrave. 700 people work here, managed in summer as in winter, 365 days a year, also christmas. "Tonight, around 120 men are in use here with the locomotives", says stobrave.