Grampet Debreceni Vagongyár Kft.

Our company the Grampet Debreceni Vagongyár Ltd. is a member of Grampet Group. The owner the romanian Grampet Corporation bought from the previous owner MAV ther former MÁV Debreceni Járműjavító Kft. in june 2009. Our company's owner and the name has changed, but the structure, scope, contact details are the same.

More than hundred years in this business

The town of Debrecen has early become the regional centre of the railways crossing North-East of Hungary: it was back in the middle of the XIXth century, when Tiszavidéki Vasúttársaság (one of those early railway operators) laid the first tracks in Hajdu county in 1857. The network expanded rapidly, so did Debrecen after MÁV (the Hungarian Railways Co., still the only rail operator in Hungary) acquired all the small private operators in 1890. This year MÁV also named Debrecen as its first headquarters in the region. The Railways Service Shop was founded in 1893 in the town. The operations has started on September 20th, 1898 with 264 employees and that time the plant was one f the major employers in the town. At the beginning Debrecen Shop worked as a master plant and was authorized to offer not only the repair and maintenance, but also the overhaul required for the steam engines, the rail cargo and passenger cars. Next to 58 steam engines, they repaired more than five thousand railcars in the first full year of operation. The plant recruited its workers from other shops for the start-up, but soon they started up training facilities to accomodate in-house professional education. In 1900 the training shop was set up, where young people were offered of four-years education specialized in all kind of jobs related to the operation. The master plant was in charge of managing the activities for all the sister plants and thanks to the strong technical standards and commitment, the shop was recognized for quality and timeliness from the early days. In 1911 the company employed almost thousand people and the owners decided on the first major step in development where the car assembly, the foundry and the carpenter's shop has been expanded. The operation has rapidly grown during the first world war, when the shop started to produce various military items, next to the highly loaded steam engine and railcar repair and maintenance. The plant was the third largest shop in Hungary in 1917 with its 1.553 employees. This size of activities definitely shrunk after the world war, so the output has reached the level of 1914 only thirty years later. On June 2nd, 1944 a major bombing attack destroyed most of the buildings and machinery.
The operation has been restored in 1946 and the shop then focused on its core activities. From 1949 the plant became one of the most influential industrial shops in the region due to its history, size and tradition. During the 1950's the plant steadily increased the output in the repair and maintenance, but also started to build new cargo and passenger cars. Another deal of the period was the conversion of passenger cars with wooden understructure to those built on steel understructure. During the 1960's the country kicked off a large project for transport modernization, so the shops involved in railways maintenance were preferred, too. The plant improved or replaced its machinery, utility supply system and internal material flow and a new paint shop was installed. Next to the railcars, the company started to build also streetcars this time, when the headcount grown to 2.600. From 1968 the plant became the excellence center for maintenance of tankers and cargo railcars, but manufacturing of new cars has completely disappeared. The only development was made in wheels repair, but the maintenance of steam engines has been shut down by the end of 1970's.
In the 1980's the production volume has significantly increased. This was the time when the new and modern production hall was set-up equipped with utility systems and up-to-date painting facilities. The quality has definitely improved when the plant invested in cleaning facilities. These systems are capable of cleaning railcars both inside and outside and were designed and engineered by the process engineers in the plant. For the sake of environmental control, waste water treatment has also been introduced. The company provided maintenance services for the operators of tankers from the early 1980's, next to the work required by the Hungarian Railways Co.
At the end of 1992 the plant was transformed to an independent legal entity, but 100% of the shares are still in the hands of the Hungarian Railways. During the last 12 years the company enlarged its customer base and became a long-term partner for railways operators. In order to improve and secure customer satisfaction, we introduced ISO Quality Assurance System among the first in Hungary, which helped us to become to earn authorisation for all the major railways in Europe. The new shareholder of our company is the Grampet S.A.


Railcar manufacturing

2-axle wagon with sliding sidewall (Hbbills-310/311)
550 pieces, based on the customer's design and engineering we built the Hbbills type 2-axle railcars with sliding sidewall. The car is fitted with four dividing walls to hold the consignment in position. Based on the length of the loading surface, it is the longest 2-axle car with sliding sidewall all over Europe.

10-axle Ro-La wagon (Saadkkms)
360 pieces, based on the design and engineering licensed by ABB-Henschel we built cars for transporting long-distance lorries. As the floor height is very low, this car is excellent for travelling via tunnels among hills and mountains. Due to the 10-axle running gear, it is capable of carrying a very heavy load; further the maintenance cycle is also longer compared to the 8-axle version designed for the same use.

8-axle Ro-La wagon (Saadkms)
1 piece (prototype!), based on the design and engineering provided by the customer we built the 8-axle low-floor cars for transportation of long-distance lorries. Due to the floor height the car is suitable for travelling in the flat area.

Falrrs 152
120 pieces (60 pcs double units) iron ore transporter railcar produced for the German railway, Deutsche Bahn. 12 axle double unit rail cars with 2 x 70m3 capacity and 2 x 115 t useful load capacity with hydraulic door operation.

4-axle Habis railcar
50 pieces manufactured for Dunavagon under Bombardier license in 4 axle wagon with 4 sliding aluminum sides and five pieces of sliding partition.

Railcar reconstruction

Conversion of 2-axle Gcga refrigerator railcars to Lgs container transport railcars
Based on our design and engineering, we converted Gcga type refrigerator cars to Lgs type container transport cars. The car is capable of transporting 2 pcs 20' containers, 1 pc. 30' container or 1 pc. 40' container.

Conversion of 2-axle, sliding sidewall Hbills cars to Hbis-tt cars
Based on the design and engineering provided by the customer, we converted Hbills type two-axle, sliding sidewall railcar to a special construction of Hbis-tt type car, with tarpaulin-cover and sliding sidewall. This specially tall railcar was designed and engineered for transporting automotive parts on regular basis between fixed destinations. The car is also fitted with an internal sliding wall for holding the consignment in position.

Conversion of 2-axle Gbgs car to sliding sidewall Hbills car
We also converted the Gbgs type car to sliding sidewall Hbills car. The understructure, the running gear and the bumper units remain unaltered, while the wagon box received a new front wall. The roofs and sidewalls have been re-used for the upper structure. Inside the car we installed two sliding walls for holding the consignment in position.

Conversion of 2-axle twin Laas car to Hirrs car with sliding wall
Based on the design and engineering provided by the customer, we converted Laas type twin flat car to Hirrs type car with sliding tarpaulin sidewall.

Conversion of 2-axle Ks cars to Lgss and Laagrss cars
Based on our own design and engineering we converted Ks type flat cars to Lgss and Laagrss type container transportation cars. The cars are capable of transporting 20', 30' and 40' containers or the exchange box.

Conversion of 4-axle Rs cars to Slps reversible frame cars
We converted the Rs type car to Slps type flat car with reversible frame, according to the ACTS system. The converted car strongly supports the combined transport of waste containers due to the rapid and simple transfer of containers from rail to road transport.

Conversion of Zas type tanker wagon to Zaes type tanker wagon with insulated wall
Based on our own design and engineering, we converted the Zas type tank car to Zaes type car with heat insulation. The insulation is made of glass-fiber cottonwool at the thickness of 100 mm, then covered by aluminium plates for mechanical protection.

Conversion of 2-axle refrigerator car to Lgss type container transportation car
Based on our own design and engineering we converted the refrigerator car to Lgss type container transportation car. The car is capable of carrying 2 pieces 20', or 1 pc. 30' or 40' long containers. The wagon is also suitable for transporting the WTC 49' exchange box.

Conversion of Rmms type flat car to Eams type uncovered car for bulk transportation
Based on our own design and engineering we converted Rmms type flat car to Eams type uncovered car for bulk transportation. As part of the reconstruction, the side panels have been completely replaced and the wheels were also changed to monoblock type.

Rebuilding 8 pc Sammps wagons
Rebuilding special railway line maintenance wagons, which were based on Sammps wagons produced on European standards into 8 pc wagons with automatic coupling fitting the Australian standard. Rebuilding the wagon brake system according to the Australian operating and break technology regulations. Rebuilding the wagons on the basis of the reduction calculation to the Australian gauge.

Rebuilding of 8-axle freight wagons of type Saadkms (Ro-La) to 16-axle twin flat wagons type Smmrs 499
According to the order of our customer in Germany the rebuilding of 6 pcs. 8-axle freight wagons of type Saadkms (Ro-La) to 3 pcs. 16-axle twin flat wagons type Smmrs 499 to transport of ICx raugh wagon bodies within the ICx-project. There are on the twin wagon 1-1 pair of rails, on which the wagon body is held with transportadapter.

Rebuilding 5 pc Faccpps wagons
The original wagon was built with Diamond type of bogies. Since the purchasing of spare parts to this type of boogies is very complicated, we replaced the original type in agreement with the owner with boogies type Y25Ls-C. The feeder was completely renewed. The upper hopper area was changed to fine-grained high yield strength steel. The wagon was sandblasted and painted.

Railcar repairs and overhaul

The company is well-prepared and fully equipped for the repair and overhaul of all types of railcars (tanks, flat, uncovered, covered and special types, etc.). This is among our key competencies. We can test and repair the wagon box, the superstructure, the understructure, the bogie (including the springs, bearings and wheels) according to the international standards or the customer's specifications.

Let us show some examples of different types sent for repair and overhaul recently.

Tank cars:
- Ucs type cars
- Uacs type cars
- Zs type cars
- Zas type cars
- Zaes type cars
- Zagkks type cars

Covered cars:
- Tadgs type car for corn transportation
- Gbgs type cars
- Habbins type cars
- Shimms type cars

Uncovered and flat cars:
- all the E type 2- and 4-axle freight cars
- Res type cars
- Rgs type container transportion cars
- Sgns type container transportation cars
- Ks type cars
- Lgs type cars
- Slps type cars

Special cars:
- Saadkkms type 10-axle Ro-La cars for transporting lorries
- Saadkms type 8-axle Ro-La cars for transporting lorries
- Railcars for transporting automobiles
- Coil transportation cars

Steel structure manufacturing


As the company developed the right personal and technical resources and earned the necessary specifications, we are capable of manufacturing steel structures which satisfy all the requirements of the customers.

1, Certificates:
- AD2000/HPO, TRT 009, RID for manufacturing tank railcars and components
- EN 15085-2 for manufacturing railcars and components
- EN 3834-2 for manufacturing steel structures

We are also authorized to perform process testing (according to EN ISO 15614, EN 15085) for
- welding processes No. 111, 135 - for unalloyed structural steel
- welding processes No. 111, 121, 141, 141/135 - for high yield-point steels
- welding process No. 111 - for stainless steel
- welding process No. 131 - for aluminium

2, Personnel:
We have trained staff on board required for manufacturing and material testing. The welding personnel are qualified according to EN 287-1, EN ISO 9606-2.
We are capable of testing materials by: - Penetration,
- Magnetic fluid,
- Ultrasonic,
- X-ray examinations.

3, Material conditions:
Surface preparation by shot blasting is applicable for:
- components, steel profiles (U-shaped, I-shaped, etc.) and large steel plates
- complete units and understructure

Tank manufacturing line with sheet roller::
rolling length up to 2000 mm.
Lv = up to 15 mm D = up to 2000 mm G = up to 5 t.

Compression force max. 2.5 MN

Applicable thickness ranges:
- for cold forming: 8 mm
- for warm forming: 20 mm

- Number: 3 pcs
- Thickness range for cutting ferrite steel : 16mm.

Thermal cutting:

Types avaible:
- 1 pc. ESAB COMBIREX CXE-P 3500
- 1 pc. ESAB UXC-P ( with max. 8 m long work bench )
for austenite steels:
2 pc. type Weldiplas 90 plasma cutter.

Rotating equipment:
- Roller rotation units, turntables and gear-driven turntables.

Welding machines:
- Suitable for the following processes: 111, 121, 131, 135, 141.

Lifting mechanisms:
- Travelling cranes, mounted crane, carriage jack, forklift trucks.

Steel structure products

Manufacturing of large-size welded structures for railways or other applications.

Assembly jig, Sub-assembly manufacture:
We design and manufacture the jigs, sub-assemblies and turning units required for the assembly, when making steel structures.

Tank manufacturing:
We are capable of making tanks for tank railcars or other purposes up to the diameter of 3000 mm.

Roof support manufacturing:
We manufactured roof structure elements covering the pre-manufacture, assembly and finish welding of the roof elements.

Railcar subassembly manufacturing:
The company is capable of making railcar subassemblies and major components.
Mega understructure manufacturing: Manufacturing railway understructure for Mega II container transport wagon. The manufacturing process covers the follwoing steps:
- finish welding of the components
- assembly and finish welding of the complete understructure

Front wall manufacturing :
We shipped the front walls for railcars with sliding sidewall.

Manufacturing the fixing arm:
We made fixing arms for coil transport cars.

Roof and sidewall manufacturing:
We made the roof structure and sidewalls for salt transportation cars.

Lohr chassis
560 pieces of car-transporting vehicle chassis manufacturing, delivered to the Russian market.

Nuclear Cargo carrier frame
8 pieces, special carrier frame equipped with hydraulic adjusting system for special transport tasks produced on behalf of Heavy Cargo Service. End user is the Deutsche Bahn.


Quality certifications of the Grampet Debreceni Vagongyár Kft. (Grampet Railway Workshop Debrecen Ltd.)


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  • Company data

    Grampet Debreceni Vagongyár Kft.
    4034, Debrecen
    Hét vezér u. 24/B.
    Court of Company Registration: Debreceni Törvényszék Cégbírósága
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