Turning innovations into standards
Until the middle of the 20th century, track laying and track maintenance required heavy manual labour. Work sites were characterised by manual methods of work that made large numbers of staff necessary. Today, railway construction is among the most efficient industrial sectors with the highest level of automation.
The historic achievement of Plasser & Theurer is the significant contribution it has made to this development. Since 1953, we have been setting technological milestones enabling higher working speeds, higher quality of work and, on the bottom line, economic advantages for our customers and the railway.
More than 17,400 heavy-duty machines supplied to 110 countries.
2,200 employees in Austria.
Partner companies on all continents.
1.8 million tamping insertions in Great Britain, no significant signs of wear
Plasser India opens a new production site in Karjan, India
The 09-3X maintains a high-speed network in Morocco
The 16,000th machine is supplied: a Unimat Combi 08-275 handed over to the Italian Railways RFI at the iaf in Münster/Germany
the focus of this start-up company in Hagenberg/Austria is on data science
The further development of the automatic guiding computer with a new user interface ensuring simpler operation.
Nomination for the Supplier Award of Deutsche Bahn for rail vehicles/vehicles components.
New world record on ballasted track – the TGV Est achieved 547.8 km/h on 3rd April 2007. Numerous Plasser & Theurer machines were used to construct the line
New turning resistance test rig for bogies in Linz
Opening of the new ecological high-output paint shop in Linz
Machines now supplied to 100 countries
May 1997: handover of the 11,000th heavy-duty machine (09-32 CSM) to October Railway
Introduction of the quality assurance system according to ISO 9001
New world record. France: On 18th May 1990, a TGV achieves 515.3 km/h. The track geometry was again prepared by Plasser & Theurer machines
1st May 1988: world speed record by Intercity Experimental ICE at 406.9 km/h on the new line Würzburg-Fulda. Track work carried out primarily using Plasser & Theurer machines
26th February 1981: record-breaking run of an SNCF TGV train at 380 km/h. The line was built and prepared using Plasser & Theurer track laying machines (System Framafer)
Opening of the new factory of Plasser Australia Pty. Ltd. in St. Marys near Sydney; opening of the new factory in Brazil
New work unit production shop in Linz
More branches founded abroad: Brazil, Japan
New plant for Plasser American Corporation in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, and Plasser Española in Spain
Expansion of Linz factory: final assembly plant, welding plant
Branch opening in India
MDZ mechanised maintenance train: first machine to perform complete track maintenance in one operation on Austrian Federal Railways
The track is lifted and fixed using the screw-shaped worms which are shown in a lifted state in the background. Initially, infrared levelling was problematic due to the extensive scattering. That is why the VKR 04 was equipped with a chord levelling device. In 1965, the VKR 05 and the Duomatic were fitted with an infrared levelling system. The light was shaded at the transmitter with tubes to reduce scattering.
Branch opening in Purkersdorf near Vienna; extension of the foreign branches: Factory in Freilassing (Germany); Italy
Subsidiary in the USA
More branches were opened in the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Great Britain
Branch opening in South Africa
New factory on the industrial estate in Linz; first subsidiary in Canada
Export of the first tamping machines to Great Britain and the USA
Export of tamping machines to five countries
Start of series production; export of the first tamping machine to the Federal Republic of Germany
Application for further basic patents on the non-synchronous pressure vibration tamping
Start of production with a staff of nine men; non-synchronous pressure vibration tamping: basic patent applications