Maurice Railroad Equipment Industry List: manufacturers of components (MREILCOM)

1. Introduction

This is a list made by Maurice Janssen (M.J.W.JANSSEN@KUB.NL) and contains some manufacturers of components like engines, generators, and transmission systems.
Only well known manufacturers or manufacturers that have a site on Internet are listed.
If you have remarks, comments, updates, etc., please mail me.

When you want to send information about a manufacturer please give the following information:

  1. name
  2. address, location
  3. subsidiaries, structure
  4. history, date/year of establishment and end
  5. activitities, products nowadays

The railroad equipment industry (SIC code: 3743) is made up of establishments primarily engaged in building and rebuilding locomotives (including frames and parts, not elsewhere classified) of any type or gauge; and railroad, street, and rapid transit cars and car equipment for operation on rails for freight and passenger service.

This list contains manufacturers per country.

2. List of the European manufacturers per country



  1. Anglo Belgian Company NV (ABC)
    Location: Gent, Belgium
    History: formed in 1912 to take over the SA des Anciens Ateliers Onghena, which had been building gas engines since 1904.
    Products: fourstroke diesel engines.






  1. Kiepe Elektric GmbH
    Location: Düsseldorf, Germany (Kiepe Elektrik); Vienna, Austria (Kiepe Electric)
    History: In 1988 Alsthom acquired full owner-ship of Kiepe Elektrik, which was formerly a subsidiary of ACEC in Belgium. The transaction also included the subdidiary Kiepe Electric in Vienna, Austria.
    In 1996 Adtranz sold Kiepe Electric in accordance with the European Commissions (EC) request.
    Products: electric traction equipment.

  2. Knorr-Bremse GmbH
    Location: Munich, Germany
    Organization: There a many subsidiaries in the entire world.
    History: Founded in 1905 by Georg Knorr.
    In 1993 two independent firms were founded: Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzuege GmbH and Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH.

  3. MTU (Motoren- und Turbinen Union)
    Address: P.O. Box 2040, 7990 (old zip code) Friedrichshafen, Germany
    In 1909 Wilhelm Maybach founded the "Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau-GmbH" (LMG). In 1912 renamed into "Motorenbau GmbH" and in 1918 "Maybach-Motorenbau-GmbH". Merger between Maybach and part of Mercedes-Benz into "Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH" (MMB) in 1966. In 1969 the firm was renamed as "Motoren- und Turbinen Union" (MTU).
    Products: diesel engines and power systems. No trains.




2.11 ITALY

    2.12 The Netherlands

    1. Holec Machines en Apparaten
      Location: Ridderkerk, The Netherlands
      Part of the Begemann Railgroup of the Royal Begemann Group.
      Holec has about 1,000 employees and the following three main activities:
      - the development, manufacturing and delivering of regelbare drivingsystems for railroad traffic and others
      - the manufacturing and selling of rotating machines, engines, generators and components for driving systems.
      - industrial automation, for e.g. transportsystems and container transhipment.
      Products: driving systems, generators and engines.

    2. Stork Maintenance and Manufacturing Services
      It is one of the many workcompanies of Stork N.V. and belongs to the activity industrial service. They build components for trams and trains.
    3. History: In 1913 NV Nederlandse Fabriek van Werktuigen en Spoorwegmaterieel in Amsterdam was founded. Since 1929 it was known under the name (Stork) Werkspoor. Since 1913 in Utrecht.
      Closed on july 1st, 1970. Mass lay-off of 1000 employees.

    2.13 NORWAY

    2.14 POLAND

    2.15 PORTUGAL

    2.16 ROMANIA

    2.17 RUSSIA

    1. Kolomna
      Location: Kolomna, former USSR
      Former part of Energomachexpor Products: diesel locomotive engines

    2.18 SPAIN

    2.19 SWEDEN


    1. Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon (MFO)
      Zürich, Switzerland.
      Probably ABB/Adtranz nowadays.
      No trains, only electric installations.

  1. Sécheron
    Genéve, Switzerland. Electric installations.

    2.21 Former Yougoslavia

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    The last update of this page took place on the 21th of August 1997 by M.J.W. Janssen