History of the railway

The success story of the railroad took off with at a speed of just 24 km/h in 1825. The English engineer Robert Stephenson successfully traveled the nine miles between Stockton and Darlington with passengers in a steam powered railway locomotive. The era of modern mass transport for people and goods had begun.

During the 19th century, a dense and extensive rail network was built very quickly in the USA. In 1835, the "Adler" carried passengers from Nuremberg to Fürth - the first manned train ride on German soil. Only due to the expansion of the railway the industrial revolution in Germany was greatly accelerated.

Ever larger distances have been bridged by railways: In 1869, the first transcontinental line was completed in America. The construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest train connection in the world today, was completed in 1916.

The era of the impressive steam locomotives ended in the mid-20th century, more powerful diesel and electric locomotives enabled more effective rail transportation. High-speed trains such as ICE, TGV or Shinkansen today achieve top speeds of more than 300 km/h.