About Wattman

Many companies tried to copy our successful train, and many folded, No one has ever succeeded to create a similar train in building quality and reliability.

How it all started

Gilles Richard, the founder of Wattman, designed the world’s first electric and trackless mall train. The idea came from a mall manager in Canada who at that time had hired the Richard company to put on a children’s musical at the mall.

Within his company, Richard had a woodworking shop with staff that allowed him to proceed to build and deliver the very first Wattman train.

The train was very popular, and a huge success and neighboring malls wanting to keep up with the competition soon approached Richard and ordered their own trains.

In this first generation of trains, all trains were different from each other and this motivated Richard to standardize the production and to move towards a worldwide commercialization.

We can, therefore, say that it was in the autumn of 1999 at the IAAPA Expo in Atlanta that Wattman Trains & Trams Inc. engaged in marketing and selling the Wattman Mini Express train to customers worldwide.

Wattman, the pioneering company which introduced the concept of mall trains

From 2000 to 2005, the demand for the Wattman Mini Express train constantly increased. From a mainly North American market, a significant international market was starting to take form. The company needed to expand. In 2005, Renaud Larouche and Pierre Parrot embarked on the journey and as new shareholders injected new capital. In 2007 the company moved to the modern facility it occupies in Granby, QC, Canada.

Many companies tried to copy our successful train, and many folded, No one has ever succeeded to create a similar train in building quality and reliability.

Not to be overlooked: Wattman is the only supplier with standard TUV certification (EN 13814:2004 – Fairground and Amusement Park Machinery and Structures – Safety) on all trains.

Wattman now produces 3 train models which are all handcrafted at our facility located in Granby (QC), Canada.

Currently, our engineering department in Canada is not only working on upgrading our trains but is also involved in product development of battery powered shuttle services and mid-size train operations.

In the summer of 2017, it was decided to create one single sales office. This decision was motivated by Wattman’s desire to improve the quality of our sales and aftersales activities. Our sales office is located in Almere, the Netherlands.

The location is conveniently located in the heart of Europe near Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) and is well connected with the Rotterdam seaport. From this location, we coordinate all sales, have an in-house service team and an inventory of trains that guarantees fast and efficient delivery.

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