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First Railway

the "Eagle"

In the whole of Bavaria, perhaps even in the whole of Germany itself, is there no place where a railway could be built more easily and to greater advantage," wrote E.F. Leuchs in 1832 in his newspaper "General Trading". With that, the discussion about the construction of a railway line from Nuremberg to nearby Fürth was started.

In January 1833, the head of the Nuremberg market, Georg Zacharias Platner, went to the Mayor of Fürth with the plea to establish a committee with him. Neither the people of Fürth nor the people of Nuremberg could warm to the idea. However, Platner took the initiative and founded a railway company with his own supporters of the project.

The first step towards the first German railway had been taken. On December 7, 1835, the "Eagle" travelled from Plärrer Square in Nuremberg to Fürth with eight decorated carriages. Thousands waved and celebrated behind the "racing" carriages. Many experts had warned of the speed of travel, for which the human body was surely not created to withstand. The train could, after all, travel up to 30 km/h (18 mph). That had never been attempted by man before.

In 1835 the first train in Germany travelled from Nuremberg to Fürth. In room no. 24 it still travels between theses two cities.