RAILPOOL continues European expansion,

bringing full-service leasing from a single source to France

RAILPOOL continues European expansion, bringing full-service leasing from a single source to France

  • Europe’s second largest lessor of electric locomotives is investing to participate in the growing French rail leasing market
  • Office in Paris is under the leadership of Frédérique Erlichman

Paris, 25 October 2023 – RAILPOOL, one of Europe’s leading rail vehicle leasing companies has opened its office in Paris under the leadership of Frédérique Erlichman. A new legal entity “RAILPOOL France SAS” is being registered as a 100% daughter of RAILPOOL.

RAILPOOL is the second largest lessor of electric locomotives in Europe and the largest in Germany. It is the only rolling-stock rental company with genuine full-service from a single source.

With its modern fleet, six own workshops, a considerable spare parts stock in the volume of the investment amount of 25 million euros, mobile technicians, a 24/7 emergency hotline and a European workshop partner network, the company offers flexible rental solutions and highest vehicle reliability.

Torsten Lehnert, CEO of RAILPOOL, says: “The ongoing foundation of RAILPOOL France SAS and the opening of our French office base in Paris underlines our ambition to bring the benefits of real full-service rolling-stock lease to this country of rail tradition and innovation. We see a positive local market environment and are investing to participate in the growing French rail leasing market with the clear ambition to have a high-quality organization in place in France until the delivery of the first locomotives in 2025.

With the order of 50 Alstom Traxx Universal multi-system locomotives earlier this year, RAILPOOL initially offers brand new locomotives to the market to cover sustainable high-performance rail transportation out of France and along the most important European corridors.

Frédérique Erlichman, Director RAILPOOL France SAS, says: “RAILPOOL is a European market leader with a strong commitment to investing in the French market. I am delighted to be leading the launch of the company’s activities in France, establishing beneficial long-term relationships with railway undertakings and maintenance centers. I am looking forward to building a motivated team to serve our customers over the coming years.

About RAILPOOL

RAILPOOL is one of the leading rail vehicle rental companies with genuine expertise in full service from a single source. The company was founded in Munich in 2008 and is now active in 19 European countries.

With more than 600 electric and hybrid locomotives and 148 passenger vehicles (with an investment of 2.6 billion euros), RAILPOOL is one of the largest providers in Europe. The RAILPOOL fleet covers 85,000,000 kilometers every year and makes an important contribution to the modal shift to rail. RAILPOOL has six workshops of its own and a warehouse with more than 4,000 different spare parts and components.

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