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‘Germany becomes mobile’, with a little help from Coppernob.

Discussion in 'National Railway Museum' started by Sam Potts -, Apr 3, 2014.

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    Sam Potts - Guest

    Today’s guest blog was written by Sven Bracke, Curator at the Dresden Transport Museum. Coppernob is about to go on display there as part of their new exhibition.

    On 8 April 2014 the special exhibition “Germany becomes mobile” will open at the
    Dresden Transport Museum after a preparation time of nearly two years. It intends
    to take a new look at the first long-distance railway in Germany, the Leipzig-Dresden
    line, which opened 175 years ago on 7 April 1839. This railway line marks a milestone in the history of mobility in Germany, because it provided affordable transport for hundreds of thousands of people.

    Dresden Transport Museum

    While the buildings and line of this 115 km long railway have been the focus of many
    exhibitions and scientific research in the last 50 years, our exhibition focuses on the
    men who built, designed, financed, planed and ran the line: engineers like Theodor
    Kunz, the directors of the company like Gustav Harkort or Wilhelm Seyfferth, the
    designers of engines and wagons like George Stephenson and Thomas Clarke Worsdell
    and the workers as well as the passengers.

    It centers on three main objects: first of all, the last remaining wagon of the Leipzig-
    Dresdner Eisenbahn, which serviced both the LDE and later the Royal Saxonian State
    Railways and was then bought by Villeroy & Boch. Since 1954 it is part of the collection of
    the Transport Museum of Dresden and was reconstructed for this exhibition.

    Leipzig-Dresdner Eisenbahn Wagon
    Image courtesy of the Dresden Transport Museum

    Second, the”Saxonia”, a replica of the first working steam locomotive built in Germany, which is part of our permanent exhibition. The replica was built in 1989 for the 150th anniversary of the LDE.

    Replica of the locomotive Saxonia.
    Image courtesy of the Dresden Transport Museum.

    Last but not least there is “Coppernob” built by Edward Bury in 1846. The loan of “Coppernob” from the National Railway Museum is not only a sign of great co-operation between our two museums; it’s leaving England for the first time gives us a great opportunity to show the transfer of technology from England to Germany. Its twin, Rothwell’s “Comet”, was the model for the first working
    locomotive built in Saxony in 1838 – Johann Andreas Schubert’s “Saxonia”.

    Sven Bracke
    Curator at the Dresden Transport Museum

    See how Coppernob was prepared for the move here:

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  2. ssk2400

    ssk2400 New Member

    Nov 14, 2010
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    electrical engineer
    South cumbria
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    shame its not copperknobs first vist by a german , there are bullet holes in the copper firebox which are very visible from when it was on display at Barrow in Furness railway station during the second world war when the station was bombed and strafed with bullets !!!

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