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I have previously featured shots of Aachen, Germany. Once known as the Talbot Waggonfabrik, it started off in 1838 and manufactured railway rolling stock, the most notable ones were double decker trains for the NS (Netherlands) and several variants of diesel power local commuter trains for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As of 2013, its then owners Bombardier Transportation closed down business here, with only some maintenance contracts remaining. The plant started operating as Talbot Services GmbH and produces electric vehicles. I have no information if the previous engineering department survives or not. 

Decline

I have previously featured shots of Aachen, Germany. Once known as the Talbot Waggonfabrik, it started off in 1838 and manufactured railway rolling stock, the most notable ones were double decker trains for the NS (Netherlands) and several variants of diesel power local commuter trains for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As of 2013, its then owners Bombardier Transportation closed down business here, with only some maintenance contracts remaining. The plant started operating as Talbot Services GmbH and produces electric vehicles. I have no information if the previous engineering department survives or not. 

comments (19)

A fine old edifice... too bad it has fallen on hard times.
Ayush Basu: It is a handsome building indeed. The fabrication halls and a testing related railway line is at the rear of this building, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2017, 03:29
The brown brickwork adds to the morbidity, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I think so too, Ray. Looks a bit averse-to-risk.
Such a great old building! I like this composition & your low angle for it!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Elizabeth.
Such a wonderful looking building.
Ayush Basu: I agree with you completely, Michael.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:00
I wonder if this will be converted into apartments, Ayush
Ayush Basu: I think not at this point since the successor company is more or less stable at the moment, Lisl.
Aha! So it must have been YOU, Ayush, that made us decide to go to Aachen this year for the Christmas markets there. We'll be there a week and a half from now! Maybe we'll even see this buildin?
Ayush Basu: Or Philine? grin Aachen Christmas market is worth visiting for sure, Ginnie.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:20
Bombardier is big in the UK (by nothing like our previous railway engineering workshops).it’s a fine looking building even now it’s not loved. I wonder if will be turned into housing?
Ayush Basu: I think not at this point of time. I was in Derby for a while, about a decade ago, Alan.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:23
Once a hive of industry then Ayush - nice architecture tho'
Ayush Basu: It is a handsome building indeed. The fabrication halls and a testing related railway line is at the rear of this building, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:29
In the link it shows that they are renovating this building. I love your point of view. we still get our trains from them. We are looking forward to going to Aachen.
Ayush Basu: I am sure you will love it there, Astrid. Do you already have a decisive place to stay?
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:55
Jolie architecture.
Ayush Basu: Merci, Martine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:06
Not a bad building for an industrial site Ayush, but the Germany has some iconic industrial structures.
Ayush Basu: It is a handsome building indeed. The fabrication halls and a testing related railway line is at the rear of this building, Chad
Quelle belle construction !!
Ayush Basu: I think so too, Claudine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:31
Doesn't look like a factory at all. I remember there was a French car by the nae of Talbot as well.
Ayush Basu: It is a handsome building indeed. The fabrication halls and a testing related railway line is at the rear of this building, Louis.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:47
wow, that would make a great building to convert into lofts smile nice shot of it!
Ayush Basu: Hmm, not that I am aware of, Elaine. But it may seem a distant possibility for now.
A fine building. Bombardier are quite good at closing places down
Ayush Basu: I see you are familiar with their history, Bill.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Nov 2017, 11:55
I do hope they find a good use for this magnificent building, it would be such a shame if it were demolished.
Ayush Basu: I think for the time being, it should not come to demolition, Anne.
It's a very 19th.Century looking industrial building.
Ayush Basu: You are right about the period of this building, Brian.
A fine building - I hope they find a use for it!
Ayush Basu: It is still occupied by a successor company so at the moment, closing down should not be a case, Tom.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Dec 2017, 17:36
It is a fine building.

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