The development of the class E 18 electric locomotive still represents a high point in German locomotive construction. A striking feature of this design is the streamlined shape of the ends of the locomotive that lends the E 18 an elegant, rakish look. The E 18 is not called the "Queen" of the rails for nothing. The first locomotive of this class was designated as the E 18 01, and when it was presented in May of 1935 in the Munich main station it attracted considerable attention. Even today it exudes elegance and timeless beauty in form and function. It was awarded the highest of honors such as the Grand Prix three times and a certificate of honor during the International World Exposition in Paris in 1937. Although the E 18 was developed in the 1930s as an express locomotive, it turned out to be a true general-purpose locomotive over the course of its decades of service. Hardly any other electric locomotive could demonstrate such a broad range of uses. It was the motive power for almost every type of train. The E 18 pulled Prussian compartment cars equally as well as the skirted streamlined ("Schurzenwagen") cars in express train service. The E 18 was even used with center entry cars and "Silberlinge" cars in commuter service. Over the course of decades a genuine workhorse developed out of the rakish express locomotive of the 1930s.