The DRG Class SVT 877 Hamburg Flyer – sometimes also сalled "Flying Hamburger" (in German Fliegender Hamburger) – was Germany's first fast diesel train, and is credited with establishing the fastest regular railway connection in the world in its time.
Correctly named the "Baureihe SVT 877" (later "DB Baureihe VT 04 000 a/b"), the diesel-electric powered train was used to carry passengers between Berlin and Hamburg. It entered service in 1933.
It was followed by the DRG Class SVT 137 - a class of streamlined diesel train sets of the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft and later of the Deutsche Bundesbahn (as class VT 04) and the Deutsche Reichsbahn. With a regular maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) and average speeds of up to 132 km/h they were the first high speed trains in central Europe. Four series were built: Bauart Hamburg, Bauart Leipzig, Bauart Köln and Bauart Berlin. Some were named after the fashion, like this Flying Silesian:
Some of the 'Flyers' survived. One is preserved at the Southern Railway Station in Leipzig: