Einbeck becomes part of the rail network again after 34 years

Einbeck becomes part of the rail network again after 34 years

In March 2015, the then Transport Minister of Lower Saxony, Mr. Olaf Lies (SPD), announced the reactivation of disused railway lines. He justified this with the fact that the trend is leaning towards going back to rail traffic and away from the road. One of the reactivated lines is the line between Einbeck-Mitte and Einbeck-Salzderhelden. As ARGE Ilmebahn, consisting of: the construction companies Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG (technical management), Matthäi Trimodalbau GmbH & Co. KG and Stefen GmbH & Co. KG, the work was successfully completed. ARGE Ilmebahn carried out the following work on behalf of Ilmebahn GmbH in Einbeck with a contract volume of 3.35 million €:

  • Reactivation/new construction of approx. 4,250m track with ballast cleaning, sleeper and rail renewal
  • Exchange of 6 turnouts
  • Renewal of 5 level crossings with track support slabs and bituminous construction as well as the necessary signalling technology
  • Complete new platform construction incl. lighting and equipment at the station in Einbeck
  • Track construction over the new bridge structures over the Ilme, Leine and Leine flood bridge
  • Complete underground cable construction for the connection to the ESTW in Salzderhelden

Despite all efforts, an extension of the construction period by 12 months was inevitable. In 2017 there were two summer floods which brought the work to a standstill. Problems were also caused by the Ilme bridge, which could not be rebuilt despite all attempts being made. The new construction of the steel bridge superstructure took 4 of these months alone. On 09.12.2018 the line will resume regular operation. For the first time since 1984, the town of Einbeck can now be reached by train and passengers can travel directly to Göttingen.

New construction of the train formation yards in Hamburg-Stellingen and Hamburg-Eidelstedt

Groundbreaking – the success story of the Willke group of companies continues…

The Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG has been awarded the contract by AKN Eisenbahn AG for the new construction of the train formation facilities in Hamburg-Stellingen and Hamburg-Eidelstedt. With an order volume of more than 9.5 million €, this is the largest individual order placed by Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG. The successful implementation of our special civil engineering department of the North East site in Pritzwalk made the acquisition of this order possible.

The reason for the construction measure is the necessity for the S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH to create new train formation and stabling capacities to fulfil the transport contract with the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Therefore, two new train formation facilities will be built along the DB route 1225 Hamburg-Altona – Pinneberg. Starting at Hamburg-Altona station (S-Bahn), this line runs in a northerly direction from the stops Diebsteich, Langenfelde, Stellingen, Eidelstedt and Elbgaustraße and continues parallel to the DB line 1220 Hamburg-Altona – Kiel to the district town of Pinneberg, which borders on Hamburg. On this route run 2 important suburban railway lines of Hamburg, the S3 and S21. In Hamburg-Eidelstedt the public infrastructure of AKN Eisenbahn AG branches off to Neumünster Süd. Most of the work is carried out during ongoing railway operations and requires precise logistics.

Until the end of October 2018, the following work will still be carried out:
  • New construction of 13 switches
  • New construction of 5 sidings with a total length of 1,500 m
  • Construction of an access track with a length of 750 m
  • Construction of a signal bridge with a span of 30 m
  • Construction of around 1,400 m noise barrier in 3 sections
  • Demolition and new construction of a sidewalk console on an existing railway overpass
  • Renewal of the corrosion protection on an existing railway overpass
  • Production of 6.000m cable routing system
  • Construction of 13 track crossings with a total length of approx. 180m
  • Equipment of the constructed track system with Gfk service paths
  • Demolition and new construction of two wing walls

We are looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead.

New member of the group: Willke Consulting GmbH

New foundation of Willke Consulting GmbH in January 2018.

We have decided to outsource the contract and supplemental management as well as the scheduling with effect from January 1, 2018 into a newly founded company, Willke Consulting GmbH. This enables us to offer services not only to the companies of our own group of companies but also to third parties on the market. With our experienced staff we are able to support construction sites starting from the calculation and scheduling until the execution, and preparation of supplements and invoicing. In addition to railway construction, our field of activity also includes building construction, road construction, civil engineering and structural engineering.

Our range of services is supplemented by training measures on the new Construction Contract Law 2018 and contract and supplement management in the construction industry.

If you are interested in further information about Willke Consulting GmbH, please contact Mr. Björn Müller by phone or e-mail:

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Telephone number: +49 4133 . 21 34 22

Willke Track Service acquires patent on welding carriage ColdHeat 200

Willke Track Service has designed the welding carriage ColdHeat 200 together with the companies Ortec and Kjellberg. With this development we have revolutionised the maintenance of covered rail systems, because thanks to the ColdHeat technology, welding work can be carried out faster, cheaper and safer in the future.

Track maintenance with the ColdHeat 200

Instead of having to replace worn tracks at great expense, railway systems can be maintained automatically using the new welding process. Stressful shutdown periods or extensive planning are therefore no longer necessary. This is made possible by welding using inductive heat up to 200°C. Damage to elastic materials in the already covered rails is thus prevented. Furthermore, welding parameters are recorded with the help of an integrated computer. Consequently, the traceability of the entire welding process is guaranteed.

In order to inform the track construction industry about the functions of the welding carriage, we will present the carriage at the InnoTrans in Berlin from 20.09.2016 to 23.09.2016. Our technical director Ulf Langschwager will be available to answer questions from visitors to the fair.

Contact details:

If you are interested in more detailed information about the ColdHeat technology, please contact Mr. Langschwager by phone or e-mail:

Email address:
Telephone number: +49 40 . 7 80 86 38-30

Perfect teamwork of the Willke Group during construction of the Rethebrücke

Contract from the Hamburg Port Authority: new construction of the Rethebrücke.

In the project for the new construction of the Rethebrücke bridge, our corporate group was able to prove that it is capable of handling even complex and unusual tasks thanks to the acquisitions made in recent years. Currently Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG is building the railway connection for the new Rethebrücke in the port of Hamburg on behalf of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). With a contract value of approx. 5.9 million euros, this project not only includes track and cable civil engineering services but also extensive LST and TC services.

The HPA also asked us to carry out a load test of the bridge centre using a locomotive and two Res wagons. As part of the group of companies, Willke Logistics GmbH was able to provide the necessary equipment. At the beginning of the year, the HPA had already purchased ten Res and five Fas wagons. The only problem posed the missing connection of the new track to the existing tracks. This situation prompted us to lift the locomotive and the Res wagons with a 200-ton mobile crane from the existing track into the construction track. However, this required precise planning and coordination between the individual companies, especially for the Res wagons, as the bogies had to be specially secured.

Precise work.

In the morning of the 25.05.2016, the locomotive and the two Res wagons could be lifted into the construction track faster than expected. In between, the entire manpower of the employees was needed to move the Res wagons and to carry out the high-precision work. Finally, the two Res wagons were loaded with crane weights in order to achieve the load required by the HPA. After four hours, the port railway was able to resume operations as planned.

In the end, everything worked fine except for a few small scratches on our locomotive. Work with pinpoint decision on the dot. The HPA’s project management team praised the way in which we handled this unconventional task. And finally, the history of the new Rethebrücke bridge will be forever linked to the fact that the first locomotive to cross the bridge had a red dot on it.

Opening of the location East in Dresden

New branch of Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG: Location East in Dresden.

We are very pleased that, since the 01.06.2016, we were able to open another branch office with the “Location East” and are also looking forward to realising further exciting railway construction projects together. Therefore, Willke rail construction now serves the German market with four locations in Germany. A special task for the future will be to coordinate the locations in Wittorf, Braunschweig, Manching and Dresden and to expand them into a large network.

The location East in Dresden can naturally also rely on the support of the corporate group. The three other specialist areas of the group of companies provide support in: logistics, welding technology and overhead line construction. Thus, the Willke group of companies continues to grow. The growth is always based on the company philosophy of operating successfully on the market as a compact full-service provider with small and flexible organisational units. Thomas Spindler will take over the technical management on site.

Contact details:

Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG
Standort Ost
Schnorrstraße 70
01069 Dresden
Fon: +49 351. 64 75 77 – 0
Fax: +49 351. 64 75 77 – 14

Opening of the location “Mitte” in Braunschweig

New branch of Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG: Location “Mitte” in Braunschweig.

The Willke corporate group confirms its growth course with the opening of the new branch “Standort Mitte” in 2016. As of March 2016, there will also be a branch of Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG. Together with the new colleagues, exciting railway construction projects will be implemented at the central location in the future. “We are convinced that the opening of the new Mitte location in Braunschweig is the next necessary step in the healthy growth of the group of companies,” says Niklas Willke, Managing Director of the Willke Group. This is why, with immediate effect, precise track-related services will be offered at over three locations in Germany. Additionally, the Scandinavian market is served by Willke Danmark ApS rail construction in Fredericia (Denmark). Furthermore, Mr. Ralf Biering as commercial manager and Mr. Axel Schulz from April 1st , 2016 as technical manager will be in charge of the central location in Braunschweig.

Contact details:

Willke rail construction GmbH & Co. KG
Standort Mitte
Ernst-Böhme-Straße 27
38112 Braunschweig
Fon: +49 531. 35 40 86 – 0
Fax: +49 531. 35 40 86 – 10

New member of the group: Willke Systems GmbH & Co. KG

New foundation of the Willke Systems GmbH & Co. KG in March 2015.

As of the 01.03.2015, with our new company Willke Systems GmbH & Co. KG, we took over the employees and fixed assets of Strukton Systems and continued with the existing framework agreements. With effect from the 17.04.2015 we have also received the prequalification “Catenary systems 15kV – Standard” from Deutsche Bahn AG and look forward to tackling the new tasks together with you.

For more than 35 years we have been active as a medium-sized family business in railway construction, both in Germany and in Scandinavia. The overhead contact line sector is therefore well known to us and a good addition to our service portfolio.

The Willke Systems GmbH & Co. KG is to operate as an independent company in the overhead line construction and maintenance sector and continue to distinguish itself as a reliable service provider. Mr. Nenad Jovic – already known to you as your contact person at Strukton Systems – will continue to be available for you as usual. Mr. Kai Schmoll has left Willke Systems GmbH & Co. KG at his own request in order to take on new challenges. We wish him great success on this path.

In the future it will also be our goal to get many new ideas on the road in order to further expand our services for you with an additional plus in safety.

New member of the group: SES Logistik GmbH

SES Logistik GmbH now belongs to Willke.

For more than 35 years we have been active as a medium-sized family business in railway construction, both in Germany and in Scandinavia. During this time the field of logistics has increasingly become a key competence of our company. With the takeover of SES Logistik GmbH we want to further expand our know-how and infrastructure.

SES Logistik GmbH will remain an independent company. As before, it is to operate as a reliable service provider in railway logistics. The contact persons of SES Logistik GmbH you already know will continue to be available for you. The 24-hour on-call service will also remain available under the number 0151/656 22 716.

The fields of activity of both companies complement each other perfectly and offer new potentials in their interaction. For example, we have already not only increased operational safety through refurbishment and upgrading measures at the railway facility in Ludwigslust but can also significantly expand and improve the possibilities for handling materials and containers (combined transport).

In the future our aim will continue to be to get many new on the road. This way, we want to further expand our services for you with an additional plus in safety.