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 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."


  1. That high-speed train looks like a spaceship. It's also incredible that train travel is 175 years old!

  2. Again why do germans have all this cool stuff and in America there is absoultly nothing

  3. Train travel in Europe is much more advanced than it is in this country. Even Berlin's S-Bahn (like a subway, but mostly above ground) puts an American train to shame. The trains I take to New York City are nowhere near as well-maintaned or fast.


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