Monday, December 13, 2010
175 Jahre Deutsche Bahn
ICE (InterCity Express Depot) in Köln; Deutsche Bahn's Headquarters in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz
According to 10. Dez. 2010 Germany.info:
Germany celebrated 175 years of train travel on December 7 with the anniversary of the maiden journey of the steam locomotive "Adler" between Nuremberg and Fürth in 1835.
The "Adler" (Eagle), flanked by jubilant citizens along the tracks, clocked between 28 and 35 kilometers per hour as it traveled along a 6-kilometer stretch of track in 14 minutes.
Today high-speed ICE trains race through Germany at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour, criss-crossing a route system of some 38,000 kilometers - down from a reported 58,0000 kilometers of tracks that had sprung up across the country by the First World War.
"Sadly the original Adler steam locomotive no longer exists," online daily The Local recently reported. "The steam engine was converted into a factory engine in Nuremberg in 1858, though a replica stands in Deutsche Bahn's museum there."