A proud anniversary: Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn celebrates its 25th birthday

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A proud anniversary: Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn celebrates its 25th birthday

The DB Cargo subsidiary has become an indispensable part of the industry.

Time for a very special anniversary celebration: Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (MEG), founded in 1998 as a local factory railway, is celebrating its 25th birthday. In that time, it has become an indispensable part of the rail freight transport sector in Germany. MEG was founded on 1 October 1998 as a joint subsidiary of DB Cargo and today's VTG Rail Logistics GmbH. The company's fleet has grown from just a few used locomotives to number around 60 state-of-the-art engines in 2023. Today, MEG serves European freight corridors and the sidings of industrial customers throughout Germany.

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"Everyone benefits from MEG's growth"

Dr Sigrid Nikutta, Board Member for Freight Transport at Deutsche Bahn AG and CEO of DB Cargo AG, was among the well-wishers at the anniversary celebration and lauded the company's achievements: "MEG is a success story. And behind every success there are people. The employees of MEG have worked hard for our industrial customers for 25 years, helping to create reliable and environmentally friendly supply chains. Everyone benefits from MEG's growth, as putting more goods on the rails improves the carbon footprint of our economy." MEG now employs around 350 people, who are committed to offering customers virtually every service in rail freight transport from a single source. 

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From left to right: Björn Schulz (Head of Controlling at CMR Ost and Managing Director of MEG), Carlo de Smet (Managing Director of DOW Olefinverbund), Dr Jürgen Sonntag (CEO of MEG), Dr Sigrid Nikutta (Member of the Executive Board for Freight Transport at Deutsche Bahn and Chairman of the Executive Board of DB Cargo) and Sven Haller, State Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

Fit for the future with a state-of-the-art fleet

Also among the guests was Sven Haller, Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Digital Affairs in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. His welcoming address paid tribute to the company on its anniversary: "Over the past 25 years, MEG has developed from a factory railway into a nationwide rail freight transport company, despite economic conditions that have not always been easy." MEG transports all kinds of cargoes, from raw materials and chemicals to end products for industry in central Germany. Its fleet now also includes over ten hybrid locomotives that ensure sustainable mobility. According to Dr Jürgen Sonntag, Managing Director of MEG, this allows the company to offer the environmentally friendly services that the market demands.

New simulator for vocational training and professional development

As well as commemorating the past, MEG is securing its future with a new train driving simulator for training and professional development: "The simulator will further improve the quality of our training and professional development at MEG," emphasised Sonntag. "It can simulate dual-mode locomotive functions and the ETCS train protection system, and will take driver training to a whole new level." Happy birthday to MEG and all the best for the next 25 years!