Centre for railway vehicle manufacturing -
facing the future with tradition
Lusatia is one of the top three centres for railway vehicle manufacturing in Germany. The two factories belonging to Bombardier Transportation in Bautzen and Görlitz and Waggonbau Niesky, which belongs to the Slovakian Tatravagónka Group, are the heart of railway vehicle manufacturing in Lusatia.
As centres for the production of shells and components and for the final assembly of long-distance trains, regional trains and trams and as a manufacturer of goods wagons for special applications, these three sites have a broad spectrum of the sector covered. A large number of innovative suppliers such as Lausitz Elaste and Lakowa and service providers like Cideon Engineering have set up in the surrounding areas, where they benefit from being close to the factories and to research facilities like Dresden University of Technology.
Innovative drive technologies
At the Deutsche Bahn vehicle maintenance facility in Cottbus, the future of rail mobility is being implemented. At the rail facility, all of Deutsche Bahn’s diesel locomotives will in future be converted to hybrid operation. In a preliminary stage, the rail facility was funded by the state of Brandenburg for the first prototype conversion of a locomotive as part of the HELMS (Hybrid ELectro-Mechanical Shunter) project. The diesel locomotive’s previous diesel-hydraulic drive concept was replaced with an electro-mechanical hybrid drive, establishing a future-proof energy management system.
Deutsche Bahn in Cottbus will also perform maintenance on the ICE fleet and pool research activities for the entire Group. In addition, a climate-friendly mobility transport centre was recently launched in Cottbus. A total of 50 million euros was invested in the city’s central station to set up an entirely new transport hub.