June 16, 2015

1671 GERMANY (Berlin) - DR electric multiple unit 276.1-5 on March 27th, 1991, near Lehrter Stadtbahnhof

An electric multiple unit or EMU is a multiple unit train consisting of self-propelled carriages, using electricity as the motive power. An EMU requires no separate locomotive, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the carriages. EMUs are popular on commuter and suburban rail networks around the world due to their fast acceleration and pollution-free operation. Being quieter than diesel multiple units and locomotive-drawn trains, EMUs can operate later at night and more frequently without disturbing residents living near the railway lines. In addition, tunnel design for EMU trains is simpler as provisions do not need to be made for diesel exhaust fumes.

The series 276.1 (since 1992 series 476/876) of the Deutsche Reichsbahn or DR (Reich Railways - the operating name of state owned railways in the German Democratic Republic, and after German reunification until 31 December 1993) is a series of converted vehicles of series 275 for the Berlin S-Bahn. It consisting of a total of 188/4 trains conversion program lasted from 1979 to 1989, performed in State Railways Repair Workshop "Roman Chwalek" in Schöneweide, Berlin. The last vehicles of the genus were retired in 2000. Series 275 (formerly the ET 165) was built for traffic in the DC power of the Berlin S-Bahn from 1928 to 1932. 

Lehrter Bahnhof (Lehrte Station) was opened in 1871 as the terminus of the railway linking Berlin with  Lehrte, near Hanover, which later became Germany's most important east-west main line. In 1882, with the completion of the Stadtbahn (City Railway, Berlin's four-track central elevated railway line, which carries both local and main line services), just north of the station, a smaller interchange station called Lehrter Stadtbahnhof was opened to provide connections with the new line. In 1884, after the closure of nearby Hamburger Bahnhof (Hamburg Station), Lehrter Bahnhof became the terminus for trains to and from Hamburg. Since 2006, on the site of the historic Lehrter Bahnhof operates Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin main station).

About the stamp
The first stamp, depicting a lynx, is part of a series dedicated to recolonization of native wild animals, about which I wrote here. The second stamp, depicting a tagetes, belong to the set Blumen, about which I wrote here.

Electric multiple unit -Wikipedia
DR-Baureihe 276 (ger) - Wikipedia
DR-Baureihe ET 165 (ger) - Wikipedia

Sender: Claudia Bukur-König
Sent from Wiesbaden (Hesse / Germany), on 03.05.2012 
Photo: Wolfgang Walper

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