Source: https://www.breakinglatest.news/technol ... nuremberg/ Accessed: 2023-04-10Sounds like a rather sedate, straight forward development? The new special exhibition “Futurails. Paths and false paths on rails” at the DB Museum in Nuremberg tells a different story. Because railway history is technical and cultural history full of visions, dreams and ideas. “There is often the assumption that the development of the railways has been linear. But the overall picture is more like biological evolution with its many ramifications and dead ends,” says Rainer Mertens. The historian is deputy director of the DB Museum in Nuremberg and designed the exhibition. It opened at the end of March 2023 and can be seen until December 4, 2023.
Nothing has changed in principle
What is possibly the most astounding finding of the show is the stubbornness with which the adhesion track, which is guided by flanged wheels, has survived to this day. The principle hasn’t changed since the “Adler” locomotive pulled the first train in Germany from Nuremberg to Fürth in 1835 – right up until the latest generation of the Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity Express and other high-speed trains. Leaving aside the drive (before the steam locomotive, the horse in the lead provided the traction power), the tradition goes back even further: “The wheel-rail system is around 250 years old and still works in principle as it did in the beginning” [...] , confirms Mertens.
There was never a lack of alternative designs for the further development of the railway system. In the early days of railway history in particular, in the 1820s and 1830s, the openness to technology was immense. The exhibition tells of monorails of various types, overhead railways and magnetic levitation trains, also of trains with pneumatic drives or propellers. All of this has been thought up, many things have been built as prototypes and some have been implemented as isolated solutions. So far, none of the systems have made the big breakthrough – neither the Transrapid nor the space-efficient monorails, of which there are two well-known examples in Germany that are firmly integrated into public transport in Dresden and Wuppertal.
Trains of the future in the DB Museum Nuremberg