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Company history

R.A.T.H. GmbH operator of regional passenger rail transport
Second RPRT network
Expansion in freight traffic
VIAS becomes operator of Rheingaulinie
Establishment of training centre
Span-off of transportation division
Reactivation of Wurmtalbahn
Erft-Schwalm-Network operating by VIAS
IT-Services by VISCOM
RATH training centre span-off
Change of name to RTB CARGO & expansion to Austria
Modern Simulators for LUKAS
Commissioning of the first own locomotives for freight traffic
Start of operations on the Bördebahn
Start of operation of the Rurtalbus
Odenwaldbahn until 2027
Foundation of Lok-Spitze Bahnpersonal GmbH (LSB)

R.A.T.H. GmbH operator of regional passenger rail transport

The Supervisory Board of Rurtalbahn GmbH passes the resolution on the sale of 74.9% of its shares in RATH GmbH. RATH is now the operator of regional passenger rail transport in Düren together with the District of Düren, and goods transport division of Rurtal railway.

Second RPRT network

Upon 2005/2006 timetable change, Rurtal railway and RATH expand their activities in regional passenger rail transport. After winning Odenwald railway tender, Rurtal railway incorporates VIAS together with Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH (VGF). Thus, RATH now operates two regional passenger rail transport networks (SPNV). Odenwald railway network connects Frankfurt am Main with Darmstadt, Hanau and Eberbach.

Expansion in freight traffic

Already in 2005 Rurtal railway decides to expand in the area of goods transport. It results in the purchase of shares in TrainsporT AG in Belgium in 2006 and the start-up of Rurtal railway Cargo Benelux B.V. in 2007. The goods transport division of Rurtal railway continues to develop until it becomes a goods transport company operating on an international scale which now provides services to the largest sea ports of Europe at first hand.

VIAS becomes operator of Rheingaulinie

VIAS wins the second tender in regional passenger rail transport and is now the operator of Rheingau line between Koblenz, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main. In 2010, Dänische Staatsbahn (DSB) takes over the shares in VGF and becomes a partner of RATH in VIAS GmbH.

Establishment of training centre

RATH establishes its own training centre. In doing so, RATH intensifies its efforts for professional training and continuing education of qualified personnel for the railway industry. At the same time, RATH focuses on internal training of its in-house personnel.

Span-off of transportation division

The goods transport division of Rurtal railway is span-off into a company of its own. Rurtalbahn Cargo GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of RATH and has its registered office in Aachen. The subsidiaries of Rurtalbahn Benelux B.V. and shares in TrainsporT AG are also span-off.

Reactivation of Wurmtalbahn

Rurtal railway reactivates Wurmtal railway route between Heinsberg and Lindern. This means that the town of Heinsberg is linked to the railway network again for the first time since 1980s. The 12.2 km long route network is completed and ready for train operation at the time of 2013 timetable change.

Erft-Schwalm-Network operating by VIAS

VIAS puts Erft-Schwalm network into operation. In March 2015, NVR had announced the successful participation of VIAS in the corresponding tender. Erft-Schwalm network connects the towns of Bedburg, Grevenbroich, Neuss and Düsseldorf (RB 38-Nord). VIAS operates 850,000 train-km more per year with this network.

IT-Services by VISCOM

RATH buys shares in VISCOM, its long-term IT partner. In doing so, RATH establishes itself as a future-oriented company which now independently offers internal and external IT services. Moreover, the railway-specific software can now be developed within its own group of companies.

RATH training centre span-off

RATH training centre is span-off and professionalised. The training centre now operates under the name of LUKAS and trains account managers and train drivers every year. Moreover, LUKAS also offers continuing education measures.

Change of name to RTB CARGO & expansion to Austria

Rurtalbahn GmbH was renamed RTB CARGO GmbH in 2016, which means that all companies in the CARGO Group will operate under the same brand name from that point on. In December of the previous year, RTB CARGO expanded to Austria and opened an office in Bergheim near Salzburg and thus the fourth branch.

Modern Simulators for LUKAS

LUKAS professionalises its training and continuing education by the use of modern simulators which are bough specifically for this purpose.

Commissioning of the first own locomotives for freight traffic

On December 10, 2018, RTB CARGO took over the first locomotives in its own possession. The locomotives 193 791 and 193 792 are in the corporate color of ultramarine blue. The 193 791 advertises with the slogan “Together through Europe”, while the 193 792 presents the workplace of a train driver and thus advertises our group-internal training center LUKAS with the slogan “With us on the Zugspitze”.

Start of operations on the Bördebahn

With the timetable change on December 15, 2019, the Rurtalbahn took over the daily regular operation of the RB28 line on the Bördebahn between Düren, Zülpich and Euskirchen. To start its operations, the Rurtalbahn repaired 6 stops on the route and modernized other parts of the route infrastructure. With the start of operations there is for the first time since 1983 a daily rail connection between the cities of Düren and Euskirchen.

Start of operation of the Rurtalbus

With more than 8 million bus kilometers, the DKB and the RATH Group won the largest transport contract ever advertised in the Federal Republic of Germany in May 2019. The offer, which started on January 1st, 2020 under the name Rurtalbus, is the continuation of a cooperation between the district of Düren and the RATH Group. By awarding the contract to the bidding consortium, the long-term partners are now in a position to offer a coordinated transport concept, with bus and train, from a single source. The ambitious bus tender with an additional service of 1.2 million bus kilometers and 100 bus routes makes it possible, in addition to an improved local transport offer, to implement more innovative transport concepts that prepare the city and district of Düren for future challenges.

Odenwaldbahn until 2027

VIAS Rail GmbH also won the next tendering period for the Odenwaldbahn in December 2013 and thus secured the operation of the network until December 2027. Furthermore, in December 2017, the vehicle fleet was expanded by four more vehicles of the type Alstom “LINT 54”.

Foundation of Lok-Spitze Bahnpersonal GmbH (LSB)

A new company called “Lok-Spitze Bahnpersonal GmbH (LSB)” was founded and started its operations on January 1st, 2021. With immediate effect, LSB will cover a new business area in the field of personnel services within the RATH Group. Lok-Spitze Bahnpersonal GmbH offers its services neutrally on the market, both for services in freight traffic and for passenger and construction train traffic. The company is based in Freilassing in Bavaria and is managed by Mr. Thomas Straßer as managing director. In the commercial area, Mr. Daniel Schell supports. We were able to win Mr. Jürgen Wrba for the operational management, who previously worked for Berchtesgadener Land-Bahn and as an independent personnel service provider. The first two train drivers have been working for LSB since March 1st, 2021.


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Our company

We are a family-owned medium-sized group of companies.

How we work

We work locally, regionally and internationally in all areas of bus and railway systems.

Our approach

We put security, quality, occupational safety and environment at the heart of our activities.

Our Values

We honestly and respectfully live by our principles with the employees and partners.

Our Objective

We achieve a sustained added value by a partnership-like approach to our customers and suppliers.

Our Cooperation

We are loyal towards our companies.
We treat one another respectfully.
We work as a team.
We find solutions.
We are open for new ideas.

How we understand management

We manage on a cooperative basis.
We create new competencies by sharing experience.
We challenge and support.

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