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Waggonwerk Brühl GmbH, a subsidiary of VTG, is synonymous with premium quality in freight wagon repair, maintenance and conversion since 1908.


Waggonwerk Brühl is amongst the most well-established and renowned wagon repair companies in Germany. Browse through the significant milestones in its illustrious history:
Seeds of greatness: the company’s roots go back to 19th-century Berlin.

In 1897, Deutsche Waggonleihanstalt – forerunner of what would later become Eisenbahnverkehrsmittel AG (EVA) – was founded in Berlin. As the wagon fleet grew, the young enterprise acquired a site in 1908 where it could carry out repairs and park rolling stock: the Waggonwerk was born. Halls and railway sidings were built on the premises. Investments also made it possible to build new, special-purpose rail freight wagons. In 1919, Deutsche Waggonleihanstalt moved off the site and into its own building at Kaiserallee 36/37 in Berlin.


Upswing: Rapid growth transforms the Waggonwerk into Germany’s foremost repair workshop.

The facility grew quickly and by 1930 was the largest and longest-standing privately owned repair workshop for rail freight cars in Germany. According to its own annual statistics, 3,000 special-purpose wagons were either built or serviced that year. Until 1942, the workshop also manufactured road vehicles, including superstructures and trailers for trucks. A wood-bending facility attached to the workshop and a woodworking shop took charge of making wagon-building products, which were sold via EVA. Company-owned homes for around 50 of its employees were erected nearby.


Change of location: EVA moves from the Spree to the Rhine.

In 1948, the Waggonwerk parent company relocated its headquarters from Berlin to Düsseldorf.


Securing the future: The workshop significantly increases its capacity, thereby consolidating its market position.

In the mid-1960s, a phase of major investment began that would secure the company’s future. Included were a new steam boiler plant (1966), a hall extension for sand-blasting equipment (1972) and the construction of the order center with adjacent break rooms (1982).


Auspicious milestone: the company turns 100.

1997 saw reason to celebrate as EVA reached its 100th anniversary. 


Decoupled: the Waggonwerk becomes a separate limited liability company or GmbH.

In April 2001, the Waggonwerk got its own entry in the commercial register. Operating under the name EVA Eisenbahnreparaturwerk Brühl GmbH, it opened for business independently on October 1, 2001. 


Everything changes: VTG buys the Waggonwerk and renames it.

VTG Aktiengesellschaft took over the company in 2002 and changed its name to Eisenbahnreparaturwerk Brühl GmbH. As of 2009, the company was renamed Waggonwerk Brühl GmbH (WWB).


Modern technology: In the 2000s and 2010s, the Waggonwerk expands systematically.

Starting in 2005, VTG and Waggonwerk Brühl massively ramped up their infrastructure. Among the biggest single investments were: 

  • Construction of the central VTG warehouse (2005) 
  • Construction of a new flare system to decompress gas tank cars (2006) 
  • Opening of a new wheelset workshop in compliance with VPI guidelines, modernisation of the water management system and renewal of the facilities for interior and exterior cleaning (2010) 
  • Construction of the wheelset warehouse (2013)
Expansion: Waggonwerk Brühl expands its network and now offers mobile repair services.

In the mid-2010s, Waggonwerk Brühl gradually expanded its geographical coverage by adding new service centers and workshops:

  • Service center offering mobile maintenance opened in Oranienbaum (2014)
  • Workshop offering stationary and mobile maintenance opened in Syke, near Bremen (2015)
  • Workshop offering stationary and mobile maintenance opened in Schwarzheide (2016)
  • Service center offering mobile maintenance opened in Hamburg; relocation of the Oranienbaum service center to Lutherstadt Wittenberg (2017)
  • Service center offering mobile maintenance opened in Ahaus-Alstätte (2019)
  • Service center offering mobile maintenance opened in Frechen, near Cologne (2020)
Home commitment: The company upgrades its main facility in Wesseling.

Waggonwerk Brühl is constantly investing in modern workshop technology and continuously renewing the equipment at its main facility in Wesseling, including the wheelset lathe (2018), the nitrogen plant (2021) and the wastewater processing plant for tank car cleaning activities (2022).


Company vision

Waggonwerk Brühl has been a successful company for over a century. One reason for our ongoing business success is the high quality of our services. Another is our corporate philosophy, which reflects our image of who we are as a company and what our mission is. Essentially, everything we do, every business decision we make is based on four key principles:

  • Customer-centricity: We place the wishes, requirements and individual needs of our customers at the center of all our activities. 
  • Environmental awareness and conservation of resources: Fully aware of our responsibility toward the environment, we handle the resources at our disposal as sparingly as possible. 
  • Occupational health and safety for our staff: Our employees and their knowledge underpin our success. They are this company’s most valuable assets. Protecting their health and their jobs in line with the very latest standards is VTG’s top priority. 
  • Respectful and upright relations between management and employees: We willingly accept our responsibility and duty of care towards all employees. We see this company as one big team, working together to be successful. Everyone deserves the same respect and recognition – as colleagues and simply as human beings.



Waggonwerk Brühl is always open to new ideas and makes use of innovative technology in the repair and maintenance of freight wagons. This approach gives both us and our customers an edge over our competitors. Why? Because innovation saves time and money. Just in the past few years, we have implemented the following innovations throughout our company:

  • WIST software – Digitalisation of processes and documentation for wheelset reconditioning (2020) 
  • Digital, laser-based bogie measurement (2020) 
  • Digitalisation of the entire process chain (since 2021) 
  • Implementation of lean management methods across every link in the value chain (since 2022)



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