MTU – a company with a long tradition of diesel engine expertise

MTU Friedrichshafen is a long-established manufacturer of diesel engines with extensive experience in the railway sector. The company is the successor of Maybach Mercedes Benz Motorenbau GmbH.

The beginnings

In September 1924, Eisenbahn-Verkehrsmittel-AG (Waggonfabrik Wismar) and Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH presented a diesel railcar (later operated as the VT 851 by the former Deutsche Reichsbahn company) with a Maybach engine rated at 150 HP (110 kW). In 1933, Maybach engines with an output of 410 HP (302 kW) powered the legendary “Fliegender Hamburger” train, which broke the Berlin-to-Hamburg speed record by covering the distance in two hours and 18 minutes.

The company today

Today, railway drive units from MTU manage the power range from 315 to 3,000 kW. The entire portfolio of diesel engines ranges in power from 20 to 9,000 kW. With well over 20,000 rail traction units in service worldwide, MTU powers trains covering hundreds of millions of rail kilometers.