Officially established in 1917, Dahlrail has successfully contributed to increased operational safety, effectiveness and reliability for our railway customers and partners. Here are some of the highlights and milestones from our more than hundred-year journey.
Start of the Journey
The journey really started in 1912. Due to safety reasons, the General Assembly in Norway appointed Knorr Bremse as the only supplier of brake systems for the Norwegian railway.
Transfer from Germany
Otto Kahrs, representing Knorr Bremse from Germany, transferred all German activities to O.J. Dahl AS, founded in 1917 by Ole Julius Dahl.
Due to high unemployment, local production was enforced and brake equipment was produced at the Kongsberg våpenfabrik under a license from SAB.
Help from Norway
Knorr Bremse Sud restarted in München with the help of additional essential drawings provided by O.J. Dahl AS from Norway.
Buffers Rail Industry AB
Buffers Rail Industry AB was founded in Vallentuna – Sweden by Anders Hove.
Dellner & Dahl cooperation
Jan Dellner & Co. and O.J. Dahl AS signed the first cooperation agreement, the start of a still-ongoing and successful cooperation.
Type 69 trains
Type 69 trains with Dellner Couplers and Hasler tachometry equipment arrived.
Long lasting Owner Hulsbergen
Young Hans Hulsbergen succeeded long-time owner Per Waldal.
Big order from NSB
After a few years with little business, NSB ordered eleven SKD 224 trains from Carl Kaeble Gmeiner.
Ekebergbanen was equipped with solutions from Kummler & Matter.
Snow Plow for Beilhack
The still-in-operation Beilhack – Snow Plow was delivered.
O.J Dahl partnered with SLM; NSB ordered 22 EL 18 trains.
O.J. Dahl supplied ticket vending machines to Gardemoen Banen.
The company made a strategic investment in a service centre to increase the ability to offer local support.
O.J. Dahl entered a cooperation agreement with Stadler, which led NSB to order the Stadler FLIRT.
Sweden as new Market
The company expanded to Sweden with the acquisition of Buffers Rail Industry AB (est. 1954), a company with a long history in numerous rail and industrial products from all over the world. Accompanied by its service workshop, Buffers Rail Industry has proven to become a great partner of O.J. Dahl AS.
O.J DAHL BV is founded in Netherlands.
Dahlrail is Born
Dahlrail is born. Bringing together the experience, expertise and passion of all three companies, Dahlrail is set to innovate and help conquer the challenges and opportunities the railway industry will face in shifting its paradigms to stay relevant in the new century.