It steams and hisses. Huffing and puffing, the nostalgic railway shuffles through the green Ruhr Valley. The heart of every railway lover gets going here! The Ruhr Valley Railway with its historic rail bus and nostalgic steam engine provides two journey experiences which make the stretch between the main railway station in Hagen and the railway museum in Bochum into an exciting trip back in time. Of course, there is a lot of history for everyone to see and experience along the 40-kilometre stretch.
By steam engine and rail bus along the Ruhr
Both vehicles – which run on the tracks according to the timetable – belong to the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum. The trains are maintained there and are in top condition in spite of their age. The black steam engine with its nostalgic carriages, which were built between the turn of the century and the 1950s, take you back to a time when travel was still an adventure and there were no high-speed trains on the routes. In some carriages, you have the opportunity to enjoy the view from open platforms.
On the tracks of industry with the Ruhr Valley Railway
The historic rail bus was introduced in the 1950s and 1960s. It should have only operated for 15 years but it’s still going today – on the Ruhr Valley Railway. Not only the journey, but also the trains’ route promises an exciting experience. Where before steel, coal and iron were transported, now in the quiet and green Ruhr Valley industrial heritage, railway history and mines await you. A highlight and a recommended starting point is the railway museum in Bochum which invites you with many exhibits to touch and climb into. As the train doesn’t travel straight through, but is always stopping at various stops, you shouldn’t miss Henrichshütte in Hattingen or the Nachtigall Mine in Witten, two anchor points of the Route of Industrial Heritage. A short walk through the rocky and wooded Mutten Valley is also recommended. Those looking for historical ruins that are much older than the trains are not far away from Blankenstein Castle, Kemnade House or the Hardenstein ruin.
Simply climb on board the historic train on the Ruhr
Registration or booking is not essential – to travel, you just have to briefly study the timetable and climb aboard. However, those who want to can reserve a seat in the historic carriage any time in advance. Please note that the railway does not operate in the winter months until the spring. A trip on the Ruhr Valley Railway can be combined with a cycle ride along the nearby Ruhr Valley Cycle Path.