Erik Nitsche: First German Railway
Artist: Erik Nitsche
The history of the world's railways spans only about a century and a half. Yet, in that rather short period of history, the railway has captured the imaginations of people everywhere. Indeed, whether a person lived in the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, or Germany, the lore of each nation's trains had a magic and fascination all its own. In Germany, the history of the locomotive can be traced back to December 7, 1835, when the first German train pulled away from Nuremberg station en route to Furth. The train was powered by an engine named Ader, meaning eagle, which -- like its English driver -- was imported. This was not unusual, for British machines and men also helped inaugurate the railways in Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and elsewhere.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Germany 80pf 150 Years of German Railway stamp issued November 12, 1985.
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