SEPT 28, 2001


ISSUE # 30

Across the German Ruhr district!
Report written by Endstation(m) Magazine copyright to Endstation. Interviews with members from the BH, EI and DOS crews.
In Endstation Magazine #14 we showed you a bunch of trains done in Dortmund and stated that "Dortmund will NEVER die!". This summer - 2 years later - Endstation went back to the Dortmund and the 'Ruhr gebiet' to see what have happened and bring you Endstation Magazine #30.

We recognised the grey industry complexes randomly placed out among grey inner city buildings. We rode the red s-bahn trains, saw a variety of u-bahns and trams running in an area with 5-6 million working class heroes and a handful of hungry graffiti writers!

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The Ruhr is a river which passes though a number of clustered German cities like Dortmund, Essen, Bochum, Mühlheim and Duisburg. Düsseldorf and Köln is just a few kilometers away and they are all connected by a huge s-bahn system we all can relate to as the 'Dortmund s-bahn'.


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Riding the s-bahn system through the Ruhr-area you will see quite a few panels running. Sheep is a member of the EI crew and he points out a panel he made and says it has been running for the whole summer. "The buff is pretty lazy nowadays, and the train company is very poor." Panels are still made every week, but writers we meet all agree that it is difficult to paint here.

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Sheep: "The Yards here are very hard guarded that's why a lot of trains get done at backjumpspots. I would say that about 85 % of the trains you see in service get done this way. And even backjump spots arent easy, because in the evening most of the s-trains got their own secruity to check tickets but also to take a look at the train while its parked 10 minutes at the endstation to leave again, but at the moment a lot of painted s-trains are in service."


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One reason for why the buff has gone lazier might be that the older orange s-trains, which are still in service soon is to be replaced by newer trains within the coming 2 years. We saw some of the new ones are already in service. Zigan - also a member of the EI crew - mourns something like "it is not a good flavour staying in a yard full of ugly hi-tech-trains". No - Zigan and the other writers sure doesn't like them new s-trains. They prefer old, filthy trains in pale colours, preferrable with graffiti on them!





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Another freshly made windowdown passes by as we are sitting on a bench at Essen train station. We understand that graffiti is still hot in Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr-area. New writers pop up from nowhere and old ones still do something once in a while. Ensi - one of the old guys in the game says: "Its quite nice, honestly it has been nice for the last 15 years! Its always the same, a few guys rock it hard and can be respected, and alot of kids just bomb for a few years, act all tough and are gone already after the winter, which is life, i guess!" Hes favourite quote right now is "Don't trust anyone!". This sceptical attitude seems to be quite common among writers in all bigger scenes (like Ruhr) where alot of writers are involved. With this attitute the optimal action would probably be: A panel is running on the line, no one knows who did it, where or when it was done.







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Doubledeckers and high-speed trains pass by, orange s-trains stops to pick up and let off passengers. Suddenly a smiling guy steps out of a train and approaches us. It appears to be Eks from the BH crew arriving on the train from Bochum. He wasn't even surprised that the train he was riding in is covered in paint forming the letters BH and EI. It has been running for a few weeks already. He sits down and we ask him to tell us about the subway system.
"The subway (German: u-bahn) has 11 lines. The main disadvantage is that the u-bahn lines are not connected." He takes photos of a passing long distance train and continues: "Many of the u-bahns actually look like trams, and partly run overground, which makes it a bit difficult for foreigners to accept them as subways." Eks asks us what we think about German girls and points at a hot girl walking in through his panel. We take a photo for the Endstation collection, say good bye to the writers and board the night train to Hamburg.

Next time you go through this area, take a look through the window. See the huge trackside dubs, see the panels on the s-trains, smell the industrial atmosphere and have a big German beer!

End of report. -endstation(m)

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