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DB Systemtechnik company history

Past and present – your partner for a safe, reliable railway system

Picture: Test run preparations in the Fifties (Munich-Freimann)


As the successor to the central railway offices, DB Systemtechnik GmbH looks back on a long technical tradition. The essential task of the erstwhile technology centres of Deutsche Reichsbahn or Deutsche Bundesbahn was to develop and practically test railway vehicles.

Today, DB Systemtechnik is the leading competence centre for rail technology throughout Europe and offers its engineering and testing services for the entire rail sector.

1945-1992The functions of the erstwhile central Reichsbahn office ('Reichsbahnzentralamt') in Berlin are taken over under the new name of central Bundesbahn office ('Bundesbahnzentralamt'), initially in Göttingen and, from 1950 onwards, in Minden and Munich.
1.6.1992Deutsche Bundesbahn creates the Research and Development Board area with the central Bundesbahn offices and one testing institute.
20.4.1993Deutsche Bundesbahn creates a new Board Division by the name of "Research and Technology" and defines Minden and Munich as its main locations.
1.1.1994Bahnreform und Gründung der Deutschen Bahn AG als privatrechtlich organisierte Eisenbahngesellschaft des Bundes.
1994The central Bundesbahn offices are reorganised as a research and technology centre with test centres in Minden, Munich, Kirchmöser and Berlin.
30.10.1995"New Munich-Freimann building“: at the Munich location in Völckerstrasse, a new administration building is constructed on the site of the Munich Freimann test institute.
1.4.1997Research and technology centre of Deutsche Bahn founded.
1.1.2002Research and technology centre renamed as DB Systemtechnik.
1.9.2011DB Systemtechnik spun out as an independent limited liability company (GmbH).
1.1.2012Takeover of the two English firms ESG and RAL by DB Schenker UK.
1.1.2013Opening of an office in Paris.
April 2013DB Systemtechnik becomes a rail company and can perform test runs on its own.
Juni 2013DB Systemtechnik works on a memorandum of understanding and receives interim Designated Body status.