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240+ customers across various industries utilize our 27,100+ intermodal, freight and tank railcars. We deliver an efficient, environmentally friendly, safe, and cost competitive solution relative to other transport modes. How?

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Milestones

Our History

1898
GATX Corporation founded in Chicago, USA as a railcar lessor

Over the years, the Company invested in and divested from industrial, financial and leasing businesses but since its founding has always considered railcar leasing as its core business. Fun fact: The company’s original investment over 120 years ago was to lease railcars to transport beer.

1950
Founding of Dyrekcja Eksploatacji Cystern Sp. z.o.o. (DEC)

Was founded as a state-owned logistics company that supported large, state-owned refineries in Poland, solving all track-bound transport needs.

1991
Founding of Kesselwagen Vermietgesellschaft mbH (KVG)

Was founded via acquisitions of more than 17.000 tank cars from former Eastern German railway KVG in Vienna and Hamburg.

1997
GATX becomes Minority Shareholding in KVG

During the restructuring of KVG, GATX Corporation bought approximately 40% of the shares in KVG. This was a major milestone for our presence and growth in Europe.

2002 & 2003
GATX acquires DEC and Integration of KVG

GATX acquired the DEC tank car fleet in Poland.
The following year GATX acquired the remaining shares of KVG and became its sole owner. At the same time, DEC was integrated into KVG. The result, GATX became one of the largest tank and mineral oil car owners in Europe.

2006
GATX Rail Europe is born

We’ve been around for much longer, but in 2006 we rebranded KVG Vienna, KVG Hamburg and DEC to become GATX Rail Europe. Our goal was to simplify our corporate structure and address our customers’ needs under one strong brand.

2010
GATX Rail Europe becomes one

We reorganized our single, local entity activities to become a European company in which all entities work according to well-defined processes. Our priority: providing excellent customer service, no matter where in Europe your request initiates.

2014
GATX Rail France becomes another strategic hub

To keep our local service promise, we opened our office in Paris, France to serve our Western European customers based in Belgium and France.

2017
Freight Car
Freight Fleet Expansion

Our freight car strategy was first launched with a continued focus to diversify and grow our menu of car type offerings to our customers.

2019
Integration of WSO into GATX Rail Europe

WSO is our in-house maintenance and new car assembly workshop. The full integration of WSO helps to simplify administrative processes and leverage cross-functional capabilities.

2020
New office in The Netherlands to better deliver to our customers

GATX Rail Europe announces the opening of a new, strategically located office in The Netherlands, to provide excellent customer service and technical support to our customers in this region.

GATX Corporation acquires Trifleet, headquartered in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

2022
GATX Rail Switzerland becomes another strategic hub

The GATX Rail Switzerland GmbH  office  is our 2022 addition to our strategic hubs, intended to support, advise and look after our local and cross-border customers.

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