ROBELHolding Acquires Stake in Chiemgauer Lokalbahn

Vehicle testing on traditional Upper Bavarian line.

As of 9 August 2023, Robel Holding GmbH (ROH) holds a 24.7% stake in Chiemgauer Lokalbahn Betriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (CLB). CLB is the lessee of the Bad Endorf – Obing railway line, which has already been used by Robel for the commissioning, test runs and acceptance of rail-bound vehicles since 2016. Tobias Scharbert, Head of Test Field & Commissioning at Robel Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH, becomes the new Managing Director Infrastructure at CLB.

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A cooperation from which everyone benefits: Robel machines are tested on the track in real use, the customer receives a product that is immediately ready for operation, the association a boost for infrastructure work. From left: Christian Schunck (CLB), Manuela Ruhland (Robel), Frank Ludwig u. Ludwig Schauberger (CLB), Tobias Scharbert (Robel)

With the participation that has now taken place, Robel is consolidating its access to an 18 km long and topographically ideally suited test track in the immediate vicinity of the production site in Freilassing. At the same time, the CLB association benefits from the support and maintenance expertise of the machine manufacturer.

Manuela Ruhland, Head of Business Development ROBEL Holding, said:

“Testing the maintenance machines under real conditions enables us to deliver machines that are immediately ready for use when handed over to the customer. Thus, the cooperation with CLB has proven to be a guarantee for customer satisfaction for many years. A nice side effect: together with CLB, we contribute to preserving historically grown, Bavarian Lebensraum.”

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The route of the Chiemgauer Lokalbahn between Band Endorf and Obing (in the picture: Ameranger Viaduct) has the best conditions for all-round testing of track construction machines

About Chiemgauer Lokalbahn

Chiemgauer Lokalbahn e.V. is a non-profit association for the preservation of the single-track, non-electrified railway line from Bad Endorf to Obing. This is used at weekends with historic vehicles for events and is rented out to third-party companies on weekdays. The Rhein-Sieg-Eisenbahn GmbH in Bonn, together with the Chiemgauer Lokalbahn Betriebsgesellschaft and the association, is responsible for the economic and technical handling of railway operations.

This article was originally published by ROBEL.

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