Located in a former railway depot built early last century in Bochum, Ruhr Metropolis, the Railway Museum delivers an insight into the history of rail travel in Germany. Two most striking features include the roundhouse and the water tower, which is still in use.
On the vast areal, over one hundred and fifty items of rolling stock are on display. Visitors are offered a comprehensive overview of the development of German locomotives and carriages from 1853 to the present. Many exhibits are considered rarities having been saved from the scrap heap and are sometimes the only preserved example.
The railway system was of fundamental importance for coal and steel production throughout the industrialisation of the Ruhr valley during the nineteenth century.
Perfect for anyone who ever wanted to become a train driver. Many events take place, however, the museum is generally closed for a few months in winter.
By Anneke Söpper, edited VG, Mar 22 2021