A highlight in the history of the Bochum railway museum was the large vehicle show put on in 1985 as part of the 150th anniversary of the German railways.
The first electric passenger train was presented by Werner von Siemens at Berlin in 1879 consisted of the locomotive and three cars reached a maximum speed of 13 km/h. During four months the train carried 90,000 passengers on a 300 meter long circular track. The electricity was supplied through a third isolated rail situated between the tracks. A stationary dynamo nearby provided the electricity. The locomotive shown is naturally a replica.