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Many railways across Europe were built to satisfy military ambition. In the hinterland of Berlin there is a railway line which was constructed quite explicitly as a military plaything. In the Nazi period, the very existence of this railway influenced the preferred location for German experiments in missile and nuclear technologies.

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That part of southern Brandenburg described in the preceding feature includes a remarkable railway. The area is bisected by a former dedicated military railway, part of a 70-km line which was constructed between 1875 and 1897. The Königliche Militär-Eisenbahn or KME (Royal Military Railway) was a plaything of the Prussian military, but also an important proving ground for vehicle prototypes. A rail world-speed record was set on the KME in 1903.

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This article was published in hidden europe 64.