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Old January 17th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #2441
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I understand, but I just wonder how they want to rebuild the A44. It would be a very deep tunnel
After removing the lignites most of the area will be restored again. The whole area must undergo rehabilitation, the process of returning the land in a given area to some degree of its former state. In the picture below we can see some special machines (a stacker, in German: Absetzer) restoring the area. Notice the small jeep on the right side of the Absetzers in front.

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In the end, the result will be like this. All the farmland in front of the picture has been restored. This was once a part of the open-pit mine Garzweiler.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #2442
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Once I was travelling by bus to Sweden, and we were driving thru Germany. Because we were driving from Bosnia, we had to pass whole Germany in order to get to Sweden, and after some 10 hours of driving, an old man sitting behind was like "We are driving for 10 hours now, when the hell are we gonna pass the city of Ausfahrt". Bahahaha I laughed all the way till Sweden.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #2443
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One of the things, the German tax payer doesn't have to bother as the mining company (RWE) pays both demolishion and rebuilding.
But mining is heavily subsidized in Germany. So in the end, its the german tax payer who finances all this. Or am I wrong ?
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Old January 17th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #2444
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But mining is heavily subsidized in Germany. So in the end, its the german tax payer who finances all this. Or am I wrong ?
Coal mining is heavily subsidized (especially for the Ruhr area), open-pit mining is not.

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In recent years the German government has subsidized coal mining to the tune of more than 160 billion euros ($237 billion). Importing coal from abroad makes more sense than propping up domestic mining, the government has said.

The shuttering of the Saarland mine is the latest in a series of closures. Last year, the German government announced it would gradually phase out coal mining, which has a 200-year tradition in Germany.

Germany's eight remaining coal mines employ approximately 33,000 people. The phase-out is planned to start in 2009 and will be finished by 2018, with miners receiving government compensation.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #2445
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"We are driving for 10 hours now, when the hell are we gonna pass the city of Ausfahrt". Bahahaha I laughed all the way till Sweden.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #2446
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Yeah, I experienced this with one of our family friends, we were on Autobahn for approx. an hour when he said, totally confused, that this "Ausfahrt" must be a really big city, if we are passing around it for such a long time... Explosion of laughing was inavoidable ))
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #2447
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I guess its a Slavic "thing"
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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #2448
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An American friend of mine once wondered where the city of "Doorgaand Verkeer" (through traffic) was when he was visiting us in NL
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #2449
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frankly, once i asked myself why is the village Umleitung in Austria so important so they should put special yellow direction sign for it
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Old January 18th, 2010, 11:50 AM   #2450
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frankly, once i asked myself why is the village Umleitung in Austria so important so they should put special yellow direction sign for it
Umleitung is such an important city that they close all the other roads because all the ways bring you to Umleitung.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #2451
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France also have some of those large cities like "Autres Directions" and "Toutes Directions". They're signed everywhere
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Old January 18th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #2452
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Gotta love Europeans

Just a quick question, are exits on the Autobahn numbered? I usually only see a sign saying Ausfahrt, but no number next to it.
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Just a quick question, are exits on the Autobahn numbered? I usually only see a sign saying Ausfahrt, but no number next to it.
they are. exit number is signed 1 km before exit. here is exit #112 at A1
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Just a quick question, are exits on the Autobahn numbered? I usually only see a sign saying Ausfahrt, but no number next to it.
They have exit numbers but not with "Ausfahrt" as it is the case in the USA. Here is an example:



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Old January 19th, 2010, 10:26 AM   #2455
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France also have some of those large cities like "Autres Directions" and "Toutes Directions". They're signed everywhere
Italy also, "Tutte le Direzioni", even in German "alle Richtungen" (seen on Elba Island), often near roundabouts...
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And the UK has 'All Routes' everywhere.
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I've been one of those to try to figure out where Ausfhart is on the map. Fortunately, proximity between French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian names saved me for such a shame in those countries
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I've been one of those to try to figure out where Ausfhart is on the map. Fortunately, proximity between French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian names saved me for such a shame in those countries
Are you the old fella who was sitting behind me in the bus to Sweden?
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Just a quick question, are exits on the Autobahn numbered? I usually only see a sign saying Ausfahrt, but no number next to it.
No, exits are not numbered on german motorways. There are junction numbers in place instead.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #2460
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Unlike the US, germany has junction numbers. It means that in the US a large junction between 4-5 major routes could have numbers like 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D and so on, while germany would only have number 2 for the entire interchange
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