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Curious sign on the window of a German train

Sep 3rd, 2004, 09:13 AM
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Curious sign on the window of a German train

Bitte beachten Sie:

Aus Sicherheitsgründen müssen die
Fenster zwischen den Bahnhöfen

Köln Steinstraße und

Köln Trimbornstraße

geschlossen bleiben!


"For your safety, the windows must be closed between Cologne Steinstrasse and Cologne Trimbornstrasse stations."

Does anyone know why?
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 09:42 AM
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Hmm. actually, Robespierre, "aus Sicherheitsgrunden" would translate "for security reasons" rather than "for your safety" (it COULD however, translate "for safety reasons"-but without further context I couldn't be sure) and no, I don't know.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 09:47 AM
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There may be objects (posts, branches etc.) that are very close to the train as it passes. Anyone leaning out of the window could be hurt this way.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 09:54 AM
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that sounds right.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 10:13 AM
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"Anyone leaning out of the window could be hurt this way."

But that's true anywhere.

You're right, I translated Sicherheitsgründen assuming it was a passenger safety issue. But it could also be a matter of Staatssicherheit. Is there a sensitive government installation between the two stations?
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 10:44 AM
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I imagine closing the windows wouldn't make it any less visible, but maybe there's something they want to be sure people can't throw things at? Doesn't sound likely - if it were that much of a security issue, a notice isn't - even in Germany - going to make that much difference.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 11:01 AM
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Are you passing through a tunnel between those stations?
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:18 PM
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There has been a lot of construction on the Koeln Airport Business Park between those stops. Maybe that had something to do with it.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 01:34 PM
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With this additional info., re construction in the area of the 2 stops, possible obstructions and the like, I would think your original interpretation of "sicherheit" as safety is correct-that there may be machinery, building materials, etc. situated very close to the train windows, hence the warning.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Could be you've found where the WMDs have gone!
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:35 PM
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I think it must be to prevent Rick Steves from decapitation
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 02:42 PM
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On the other hand, the two possible explanations above, are equally likely!
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 03:30 PM
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According to a German railway newsgroup, apparently the stretch of the line between the two stations goes underground where a loop line from the Cologne-Bonn airport filters in. There is less than usual margin between the two lines, so it's to warn passengers not to stick their head or hand out.
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Sep 3rd, 2004, 06:07 PM
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St. Cirq,
Very funny - LOL - the visual made me giggle. Sorry hope that doesn't offend anyone!!
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Sep 4th, 2004, 05:45 AM
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Well then, it appears St. Cirq was correct after all! (smile)
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