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Pretty in Pink

ScottRail's Twitter users voted for a pink engine

Alpha Trains to lease hybrids

MTU and Alpha Trains  intend to jointly retrofit Alpha Train’s Talent, Desiro and Lint fleets with MTU hybrid drives.

Energy transition on rail

MTU signs a number of agreements for the purchase of MTU hybrid rail drives at the transport technology trade fair 

Hybrid for Coradia Lint

Abellio, Alstom, Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH and MTU plan to implement a new hybrid drive solution on Abellio’s fleet of Coradia Lint diesel trains.

Power without overhead lines

Use the brakes to cut up to fuel by 25% and protect the environment. Accelerate faster and travel more quietly. That basically sums up the MTU Hybrid PowerPack. 

Save with new gears

MTU and the state railways of the Republic of Ireland have signed a contract for rebuilding three MTU PowerPacks. 

Cruise Train on rails 

Superlative in every respect, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima is powered by electricity generated by two MTU Series 4000 engines on non-electrified routes. 

Tier 4 locos with MTU

MTU will deliver Series 4000 and Series 2000 engines to Knoxville Locomotive Works.

MTU PowerPacks for UK's Transpennine Express

MTU is once again to deliver rail drive systems to Hitachi Rail Europe: a total of 57 MTU Series 1600 PowerPacks will be used to power 19 new Class 802 intercity trains.

To Sylt by train with MTU

For its motorail service from Niebüll, on the mainland, to the town of Westerland on Sylt, rail operator RDC AUTOZUG Sylt GmbH has bought two new Siemens Vectron DE diesel-electric locomotives.

Kiwis from China

Powered by MTU engines from Germany, KiwiRail's chinese DL-Class locomotives haul freight trains weighing thousand of tons

Queen takes a train ride with MTU

The brand new train of British railway company Great Western Railways wears noble dark green livery and carries a royal title: Queen Elizabeth II.

A great fit

A diesel engine, an electric motor and the newly developed EnergyPack battery system – three components making one unique product.

Destination Gotthard

Railcars from Harsco Rail, powered by MTU PowerPacks, will play a key part in maintaining the world's longest railway tunnel.

Partnership with Hitachi

MTU is to supply additional Series 1600 PowerPacks to Hitachi Rail Europe, and will assume responsibility for their maintenance from 2017.

World Premiere: MTU Hybrid PowerPack

MTU is staging a world premiere at Innotrans: the MTU Hybrid PowerPack will be on show together with the new MTU EnergyPack battery system.

MTU at Innotrans

MTU is to present its current and pioneering drive systems and service solutions at international railway exhibition Innotrans.

1,000th PowerPack for Alstom

MTU is to deliver the 1,000th MTU Series 1800 PowerPack designed to meet EU Stage IIIB emissions standards to railcar manufacturer Alstom.


MTU rail engines operate worldwide. Click on this interactive map and find out where these engines operate.  

Diesel goes electric

MTU has performed its own tests on a hybrid train on the Stauden railway line in Germany.

On the Swabian Railway

MTU-powered trains carry not only locals but large numbers of tourists through the Südbahn railway line from Ulm to Friedrichshafen - a popular holiday region.

German debut for Link trains

Link railcars supplied by Polish manufacturer PESA and driven by MTU PowerPacks are now in operation on routes in Germany for the first time.

Baltic revival

Lithuanian Railways overhauls freight locomotives using MTU reman engines.

Mountain labor

By ensuring that the alpine routes remain open and safe all year round, high-performance maintenance locomotives form the backbone.

Second major engine remanufacturing

The first engine to be returned to operator Virgin Trains following a second major remanufacturing at MTU Reman Technologies in Magdeburg.

An uphill task

MTU repowered the Alstom diesel-electric Type AD16 locomotive, which transports passengers and various other things in Madagascar

Carrying the hopes of a nation

Chinese locomotives are set to reshape freight traffic in South Africa and put the nation on track for economic growth. They are driven by MTU engines.

Mastering the Alpine passes

Rhaetian Railway's new multi-purpose utility locomotive is completing its commissioning trials in the Swiss Alps with a MTU engine.

5,555 MTU Rail PowerPacks

Since 1996, MTU staff have assembled almost 5,555 rail PowerPacks based on Series 183, Series 1800, and, most recently, Series 1600 engines

'Railcars are the trend'

Blog post from applications technology team leader Harald Gottschalch about events at Innotrans.

A view of the MTU booth

MTU showcases an engine from bygone days, and next to it, its current rail portfolio.

Trade Show Highlights

MTU engines are not only showcased at the MTU booth, but can be seen in many of the locomotives and railcars in the outdoor display. 

Innotrans here at last!

Countdown to Innotrans - blog post from MTU applications technician Ulrich Tröstler.   

90 years as a systems partner

In 1924, Karl Maybach laid the  foundation for the MTU rail-drive brand, putting the company on track for success.


What does the future hold for automatic start/stop technology, bi-fuel and gas engines and hybrid drive systems? A look into the future in the rail sector.

Trans-Cendent Express

For its new marshalling locomotive, American rail vehicle builder Knoxville Locomotive has switched to a single high-speed MTU unit.

Lifelong service

MTU supplies 250 Powerpacks for new railcars in the British Intercity Express program. Maintenance contract covers next 27.5 years.

Quiet success

MTU´s Hybrid-Powerpack enables railcars to operate almost silently on non-electrified routes and to do it on 25% less fuel.

King of the hill

Up to 4,000 wagons are shunted around every day at Europe´s biggest marshalling yard. Without reliable freight locomotives, everything would come to a standstill.