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.

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

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

Advisory Board for Willke Holding GmbH

Since January 2015, there has been an advisory board for the corporate company.

In recent years, the company founder Roger Willke has withdrawn more and more from the company. Finally, he handed over the management to his two sons Moritz and Niklas Willke on January 1, 2015. They are supported by Torsten Basedow.

So far, the inter-generational cooperation has been very constructive and productive. For this reason, both the founder’s decades of experience and the young entrepreneurial spirit of his successors will be incorporated into future decisions.

This is why an advisory board for the Willke group of companies was established at the same time as the change in the company’s top management took place. The advisory function of the board with Roger Willke as chairman is flanked by the expertise of a Berlin lawyer. Added to this is the comprehensive industry knowledge of an entrepreneur friend of mine from Hamburg.

The new company structure is intended to keep the Willke Group on the right track in the future.

New legal form and assignments in 2010

New legal form.

Willke GmbH is now starting with the legal form GmbH & Co. KG into the new decade. This change is part of a restructuring of the group of companies and came into force on 05.11.2009.

New jobs.

Willke rail construction has several construction projects in its order book for the first quarter of 2010.  At Osthannoversche Eisenbahnen AG, OHE for short, we are carrying out various track and switch construction works. These include the reconstruction of 1,825 m of track, 1,200 individual sleeper replacements, several turnout sleeper renewals and the reconstruction of two level crossings.

For Deutsche Bahn AG, we are rebuilding a total of ten switches at Hamburg Central Station on five weekends in March and April. This work is being carried out under the most difficult logistical conditions, as the neighbouring track can only be closed during a four-hour night-time shutdown.

In addition, the Willke company will be working in Switzerland for the first time in March. A 627 m long railway track is being renewed at Basel Bad station.

In addition, there are long-term projects in Switzerland, which will start in the second quarter of 2010 and will be completed in several stages by 2012.

After entering the Norwegian market and the associated first reconstruction of Oslo station, Willke will continue to work on projects in Norway and Denmark together with the company H.F. Wiebe from Achim.