Leading UK rail companies combine to form Buckland Rail

Buckland Rail, a new leading integrated rail services company, has been launched by W.H. Davis, Davis Wagon Services, and Yellow Rail. It replaces W.H. Davis (Holdings) Limited. The new company will leverage the collective strengths of its subsidiaries by fostering closer collaboration to increase its capabilities and service offerings to passenger and freight customers. It will build on the three rail businesses’ established relationships and highly complementary portfolios, particularly in the areas of freight wagon maintenance,
bogie overhaul, and material supply services.

Buckland Rail will have an enhanced market position and be better able to embrace further organic growth and acquisition opportunities. The consolidated company forms
a core part of the Buckland Group, an entrepreneurial family office that invests its own capital in private businesses for the long term.

Paul Bragg, Managing Director of Buckland Group, said: “This strategic move demonstrates Buckland Group’s commitment to the rail sector enabling the integration of our individual company oƯerings to both our passenger and freight customers. Our investment in Buckland Rail enables a far more comprehensive solution to our customer needs, where we will continue to broaden our services offered.”

Buckland Rail will be led by new CEO Andy Kevins, who is succeeded as Managing Director of Yellow Rail by Paul Cunningham, who has joined the company from Wabtec. John Hall will continue as Managing Director of Davis Wagon Services, and Andy Houghton will continue as Managing Director of W.H. Davis.

Andy Kevins, CEO of Buckland Rail, said: “This change is a logical step to ensure our customers continue to have the excellent services we provide as individual companies while also being able to benefit from the closer integration and combined capabilities of the Group.”

This consolidation follows Buckland Group’s (formerly Porchester Equity Ltd) acquisition of Yellow Rail in June 2023. This acquisition enabled the Group to access the passenger
sector, particularly with the rail-connected facility at Shirebrook on the Robin Hood mainline. The group also added engineering design services, bogie overhaul, field
services, and wheel lathe systems and services.