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Hannover is in the northern part of Germany, just over an hour south of Hamburg by train. Located in the Suburbs of Hannover, Hannover Linden is an S bahn station with 2 freight lines next to it. S1, 2 and 5 serve the station with regular trains.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger - S bahn units only of class 423 425 etc.
Freight - The station is located next to an avoider line for freight round the city of Hannover. The city sits on a north - south and an east - west corridor which sees considerable traffic. A lot of traffic from the northern ports of Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Emden and Kiel passes the station on route to the rest of Europe. Traffic from the Bremen / Bremerhaven area passing will be on it's way to the east or south usually and will take the line down to Göttingen if heading south and the line to Lehrte if east.
Traffic from the port of Hamburg, Scandinavia and the north will pass if it is heading to the in the direction of the Rhine / Ruhr area. Traffic from the east will pass if it is heading to the Rhine or Northern Ports. A number of enterprises can also be seen heading to and from Seelze Yard, a major yard to the west of the city. Hannover Linden yard will also generate some trains and can be seen just to the west of the station. Traffic levels are usually around 10 or so freight an hour if all lines are open, often going up to 15, 20 per hour at times due to the location of the station on corridors.
This is very much an urban location and is based on what is a commuter / suburb station. For wet weather there is a shelter where you can still take photos of passing trains and watch them. The area is fairly safe however not the most upmarket. I have never had any issue there.
Toilets are not in the location however there is shops nearby that might have some. There is a Pizza shop which is fairly cheap if you head south out of the station, past the tram stop and turn the first right. Along with this down the road on the way to the pizza shop there is a couple of other shops.
There are many hotels in Hannover as it is a large city. Nearest hotel is Hotel Marjani which has good ratings, it is a 5 or so minute walk from the station.
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The station is not bad for photos but don't expect scenic photos, it is a very urban location where standing at most spots on the station you can get a good photo of passing trains. There will be issues at certain times in the day with the sun but usually you will be able to get photos from at least one direction. Tripods are able to be used on the station as long as not in people's way.
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