Mighty Seddin Freight!

Written by: TrainSim-James

Main image above, copyright and reproduced courtesy of Global Fish.

Situated on the southern outskirts of Berlin, the railway junction that spurs west from the Leipzig main line to Seddin is densely packed with freight throughout. Featuring miles upon miles of extensive freight yards and winding paths through the Berlin countryside, German heavy hauling does not get more intense than this. You will soon have the chance to experience the bustling freight yards of Seddin as this complex array of rails is coming to Train simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme member, Aerosoft, as an extension to the popular Berlin-Leipzig route.

The freight yard at Seddin opened in 1920, and was quickly established as an international hub for rail freight. It connected with various lines, including the Anhalt Railway and the Berlin-Blankenheim Railway and provided links to many locations. Seddin’s Freight Yard played a significant role in military movements, in both leading up to and during the Second World War. Seddin was a major target for Allied forces during those 6 fatal years, in fact, the yard was bombed directly in April 1945.

Following the Second World War, with the division of Germany, new railways were built throughout the outskirts of Berlin to ensure rail connections were maintained to the western side of the cleft-in-twine city. These new railways were the Berlin Outer Freight Ring and, simply, the Berlin Outer Ring; Seddin’s freight yard was adjoined to the former, as its high profile movements and service capabilities needed to have unrestricted access.

The yard itself spans a 5km by 300m area, housing some 100km of track. All this trackage is sandwiched within a dense forest, with the town of Seddin immediately adjacent to the eastern face of the yard.

The town’s local DB Regio station is on the western front of the vast track layout, seeing hourly services formed of DB BR 442 ‘Talent 2’s.

Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the area was the grand octagonal Water Tower, this impressive 51 metre tall structure symbolised the area, and was in fact marked as a Grade II listed building in 1993. Unfortunately however, it was decided to demolish the tower in 2004 due to a lack of stability. One historic structure that has survived right into modern day is an old coal loading bridge, as part of the locomotive depot, and is protected as a monument. The locomotive depot itself is also present and in frequent use with DB traction coming and going on a daily basis.

Even to this day, the freight yard at Seddin is of high importance, serving beyond the German borders into places such as Russia and helping Germany move one day at a time. Soon, you shall be marshalling freight and hauling it across the Berlin-Leipzig line as Seddin Railway Junction is coming to Train Simulator

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9 Comments

  • Any further information about this extension of the Berlin-Leipzig route available? That route, I’ve noticed, is not included in this weekend’s big sale, which leads me to ask whether it might be available at even a slightly reduced price when this Seddin extension appears.

    Thanks!

    • I have no details to share with you on this LastTrainToClarksville, I’m sure we’ll have more news in the coming weeks.

  • I just discovered that whereas DTG sells the Berlin-Leipzig route for $39.99, Aerosoft’s price is $29.99. Does the DTG version include something that the Aerosoft one does not? Am I correct in thinking that owners of the Aerosoft version cannot post new scenarios to Steam Workshop?

    • I suspect this is due to Valve’s exchange rates but thank you for bringing it to our attention, will certainly look into it. However, it does appear you’re not factoring tax into the total price which is $6 on top ($35.99). As far as I know, it’s the same route that Aerosoft publish to Steam via us (it’s not a “DTG route”) though the Steam version has full Steam Workshop compatibility. No route purchased outside of Steam will have this.

  • This will be just amazing. Berlin – Leipzig is fantastic route already, and now with the additions of Seddin and parts of the Berlin outer Ring, it will just get even better.

    The only worry I have is the Memory usage of this Route. Berlin – Leipzig is already super detailled and very long, pretty much right at the edge of what the old 32Bit-Software that is Train Simulator can handle. Put a little bit too much AI traffic in and you will struggle to finish a single run without the game crashing. And now a whole lot of track and sceneray will be put on top of the already massive Berlin – Leipzig. I guess pretty much every scenario on Seddin (apart from just shunting in the yard) will have to be split up into multiple shorter parts.

    Also:

    Get ready for some East German Hl-Signals 😀

    Unless I’m very much mistaken this will then be the 4th (5th, considering how different H/V light signals and semaphores look; 6th if we include LZB cab signalling) different German signalling style that people will have to learn 🙂

    – traditional H/V-Signals (semaphores)
    – H/V-Signals (light signals)
    – the modern KS-Signals
    – Sv-Signals (S-Bahn Hamburg)
    – Hl-Signals (former Eastern Germany, will be in the Seddin-Addon at various places)
    – LZB

    • HAVE to learn?! I do hope you mean ‘CAN ENJOY learning’, because that is why I love the wide range of routes in TS in the first place! After all: what is a railway without signals? Just a bunch of tracks, with trains running over them, carrying billions of people and products… but not a real railway.

  • Wasn’t this route announced a while ago?

    • It was Dan_Der_Man, now back in the light as the developer has moved it forward a bit

  • This just might be what it takes to poke a hole in my current fascination with TSW, which is all freight but little switching. Thanks for the preview, James.

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