"Günni goes for the goods!"
Right on time for Universal Children's Day in Germany on 20 September, the DB Museum is presenting the real-life Günni freight train, a decal-festooned model 185 locomotive. Günni is one of the little ICE's best friends, and now he's life-sized and tagging along behind the real little ICE, who has been travelling through Germany since the middle of the year.
Being a train driver and getting to know the inner life of a locomotive — a train driver is standing by at the DB Museum on this day to take questions and show children what rail technology is all about. During this time, children and those accompanying them can enter the museum free of charge. Every child will be given a Günni toy as a souvenir, and a small series of events has also been planned.
Günni the freight train is part of Deutsche Bahn's "little ICE family" and represents DB Cargo, DB's rail freight subsidiary. The little ICE family has been growing since 2012. The first member of the family was the "little ICE", and seven other characters have been added since then, each of whom personifies a certain type of train. The "real" little ICE has been travelling through Germany since the middle of this year, and now he will have Günni the freight train to keep him company. In real life, Günni is a Bombardier Traxx2, a 5,600 kW electric locomotive for medium-weight freight and passenger transport that tips the scales at 85 tonnes.
Did you also know that...
Starting in February of 2020, you can get married at the DB Museum in Nuremberg. As currently planned, couples will have five days a year to say "I do" in the former waiting room for highest lords (also referred to as the "King's Salon"). The Nuremberg registry office handles applications. The ticket office of the Rathaus, located at Hauptmarkt 18, 4th floor, Room 401, is accepting reservations.