Company history

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.

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.

Rename of freight division

The goods transport division of RATH Group is renamed and now operates in all countries with the same name: RTB CARGO. Moreover, RTB CARGO AUSTRIA is incorporated. Consequently, the goods transport division of RATH is now active in four countries.

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.

Modern Simulators for LUKAS

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

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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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