Alstom in Germany

Alstom in Germany

Alstom in Germany is one of the major suppliers of German rail infrastructure. The company focuses on manufacturing rail vehicles for local rail transport: trams and suburban railways, commuter trains and regional trains. Our trains travel from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. Over 1,000 sold units prove that our Coradia platform has established itself in regional railway traffic. Our newly developed hybrid shunting locomotive reduces CO2 emissions up to 50%, while pollutant emissions overall are cut by up to 70%.

Alstom is the only manufacturer of railway engineering systems to offer maintenance, servicing and modernisation services for all rail vehicle types, and components for series from all manufacturers and transport information systems in Germany. In Germany, more than 90% of the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System)-equipped vehicles in active service are equipped with signalling technology from Alstom.

In Germany, Alstom has a workforce of 3,000 people working on 6 sites.

References and Projects (selection) 

+ 800 Coradia Lint Diesel Regional Trains for Deutsche Bahn and private operators in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada

+ 200 Coradia Continental Electrical Regional Trains for Deutsche Bahn and private operators

+ 300 Coradia Nordic Electrical Regional Trains for operators in Sweden

+ 10 hybrid shunting locomotives for Deutsche Bahn, Volkswagen, Audi and MEG

+ 500 DT2-DT5 Metros for Hamburger Hochbahn

Equipment for 176 ICE high speed trains (ICE 1, ICE T and ICE 3 fleets) of Deutsche Bahn with Atlas 200 signalling solution for ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System)

The Future Ahead

Our Corporate Responsibility

Alstom Germany assumes its social and environmental responsibility by focusing on a sustainable corporate strategy along the complete value chain. Our corporate responsibility towards employees, society and the environment is a crucial part of every corporate decision.

Environmental Protection & Production

Due to environmentally sensitive considerations, Alstom solely uses energy saving lamps in all its locations. Furthermore, our videoconferencing system enables our employees to avoid unnecessary travelling whenever possible.

Local Corporate Citizenship

Beyond the scope of our business operations, Alstom Germany feels responsible for its social environment. We support a wide range of projects on education, culture and social issues. With regard to the shortage of skilled professionals, it is one of our main concerns to inspire young people to take an interest in technical subjects. Therefore, Alstom co-operates with schools and universities, offers factory visits at production sites, and has for some years been providing support to the “Girls’ Day”, an initiative to promote technical professions to young women. Moreover, Alstom actively commits itself to charitable causes; for example, by organising fundraising campaigns and by supporting initiatives.

Workplace Improvement and Employee Development

In order to promote the individual development of our employees, Alstom offers a variety of professional programmes. We are devoted to a family friendly corporate policy and support our employees in managing the balancing act between their family and their job with possibilities such as cost sharing for childcare by the company and flexible working hours. 

Health & Safety

In Alstom, we consider the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and stakeholders, as well as care for the environment in which we operate, as central issues for the Group.

The focus of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) lies on the well-being of our people. Therefore, we work actively to be the best in these areas. We want everyone - managers and employees at every level of the organisation - to adopt a proactive attitude to EHS.

In practical terms, Managers have to identify and evaluate the risks linked to our activity and take measures to limit them. Employees must be included in this process. EHS not only relates to the manufacturing level, it includes the whole lifespan of the product, from conception to sales, and from manufacturing to delivery.

History of Alstom in Germany

Alstom has a long tradition and presence in Germany

Some key data of our history:


Gottfried Linke in Breslau receives his first order: construction of 100 open railway freight cars 


Founding of the company Centralwerkstatt für Lokomotiven und Wagen (Central Maintenance Works for Locomotives and Coaches) by the railway company Magdeburger-Halberstädter Eisenbahngesellschaft 


The company has grown fast: Linke’s company produces the 120,000th railcar in Breslau 


The company Linke KG merges with the railway freight car builders Gebrüder Hofmann, of Breslau. The new company is named Linke-Hofmann-Werke AG 


The Stendal Central Maintenance Works are upgraded and become an official maintenance facility for German national railways (Reichsbahn) 


The company Linke-Hofmann-Werke AG merges with the company Waggon- und Maschinenfabrik AG (earlier known as Busch), of Bautzen, Germany
The new company is known as Linke-Hofmann-Busch AG 


Production begins of the first prototype locomotive fired with coal powder, as the fore-runner of the Wendler model 


Reconstruction and a new start after the war, in Salzgitter-Watenstedt, Germany, with organization as a syndicate with the company Fahrzeug und Maschinen GmbH (FAMAS) 


The company Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) does business once again as a producer of rolling stock 


Servicing of the first hydraulic diesel locomotive in the BR 110 series 


Up to 300 main inspections for locomotive series 110 are conducted annually, as well as numerous minor repairs 


The last steam locomotive (no. 51 8184-5) leaves the maintenance centre on 5 October. Until this date, the Stendal plant performed maintenance on 25,420 steam locomotives 


The international group GEC ALSTHOM acquires 51 per cent of the shares in the company LHB 


Ecological Audit Ordnance issued by the European Communities (EG) 


GEC ALSTHOM acquires 100 per cent interest in LHB 


Deutsche Bahn AG subdivides its business sector Traction and Plants into several business areas. The main railway workshop in Stendal is assigned heavy maintenance jobs for the Regio rolling stock of Deutsche Bahn AG
GEC ALSTOM changes its company name to Alstom. The company Linke-Hofmann-Busch GmbH now does business under the name ALSTOM LHB GmbH 


German national railways, Deutsche Bahn AG, authorizes the private sale of decommissioned power cars from the locomotive series 202 and 212. A number of locomotives from the V 100 class are fitted out in accordance with customers’ wishes, and locomotives from classes V 60 and V 180 are refurbished 


Founding of a joint venture by ALSTOM Lokomotiven Service GmbH and Deutsche Bahn AG. Alstom takes charge of business management


Alstom LHB GmbH becomes Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH


December 19 - Alstom Shareholders Meeting authorises the sale of the Alstom Energy businesses to General Electric



Alstom finalises the sales of its energy activities and is entirely focused on Transport