You are probably aware that in April Deutsche Bahn started its operation of the Tyne & Wear Metro. At the end of last month DB also announced its successful £1.59bn bid for Sunderland based bus and rail firm arriva, strengthening the German transport operator’s market position in the UK.
A long time before DB came to the UK, Newcastle used to export its rail expertise to Germany. This year Nürnberg celebrates 175 years of train travel. The first German train – the Adler (the eagle) – travelled between Nürnberg and Fürth and was designed by rail pioneers George and Robert Stephenson and built here in Newcastle. Nürnberg, of course, is also the home of the German railway museum – the DB Museum – where you can see a replica of the Adler.