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The Adler

The Adler – Germany's best-known locomotive

Printed in 2011, Der Adler is a special publication that devotes 120 pages to the very first locomotive to run in Germany and sees the DB Museum present the latest findings gleaned from modern research.

The steam engine was built by British locomotive company Robert Stephenson & Co., and it ran on the 6 km Nuremberg-Fürth line for 22 years. Sold to an ironmonger in 1858, the original locomotive has been missing ever since. Two replicas are now on display at the DB Museum Nuremberg.

This richly illustrated book shows this technical treasure in scores of previously unpublished photos and tells the story of the locomotive. Readers can look forward to the latest information revealed by researchers into the Adler and its history.

The book also contains certain key sources relating to the foundation of the Ludwigs-Eisenbahn rail company. 

TitleDer Adler - Deutschlands berühmteste Lokomotive

(Objektgeschichten aus dem DB Museum, Band 2)

("The Adler – Germany's best-known locomotive. (The story of selected artefacts from the DB Museum, volume 2)")

PublisherDB Museum Nuremberg

Printed by

Tümmel Verlag, Nuremberg
PriceEUR 24,90
Year of publication2011
Length120 pages, scores of illustrations
ISBN   978-3-940594-23-5
Available from

Museum shop in Nuremberg

Online DB shop