Leading rail industry specialists in the leasing and maintenance of locomotives

We look after your railway assets
as though they are our own

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For over 20 years the Harry Needle Railroad Company (HNRC) has built a strong reputation specialising in locomotive storage, spot hire and maintenance/repair.

We serve a wealth of customers nationwide and are ready to serve you with our ethos of:

  • Commitment to safety

  • Maximum security

  • Value for money

We look after your assets as though they are our own.


HNRC is a leading storage, leasing and maintenance of locomotives company based in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, with workshops in Staveley and Worksop. Prior to 2010 we also recovered valuable spares from scrapped railway vehicles, either on the vehicle owners’ site, or at the European Metal Recycling scrapyard in Kingsbury.

Such has been the growth of the company that we have expanded with the acquisition of a 15-acre site in Worksop, including the wagon repair depot from DB Cargo Ltd for light/heavy maintenance and the cold and warm storage of rolling stock.

The company serves a wealth of customers and rail sites across the UK, having developed a workforce of industry experts, with the ability to provide an exceptional technical knowledge and service.

What we do

We are leaders in the storage, leasing and maintenance of locomotives. With over two decades in the sector, we’re reliable, respected and trusted, serving a wealth of customers and rail sites across the UK.

We go above and beyond what is expected, offering that personal touch and that peace of mind that you are in safe hands.

Our sites are safe and secure with the technical capability to keep stored trains in great condition, with regular checks from our expert staff – both powering the trains and carrying out wheel rotations.

Among our services includes:

  • Mainline and shunting locomotive hire

  • Maintenance

  • Repairs and heavy overhauls


Our thorough knowledge of all aspects of security ensure that your locomotives are in safe hands with a comprehensive range of services. This ranges from manned guarding and security guards, 24-hour guard dog patrol, through to CCTV, fencing and alarm systems.

We understand just how important security is and take great pride in looking after your assets as though they are our own.

All our staff are trained to the highest standards to ensure they are capable of reacting to each and every eventuality.

  • Security Guards

  • Security Dogs

  • CCTV

  • Alarm System

Reliable storage solutions for rail vehicles in the UK

Across two sites totalling 35 acres, Harry Needle Railroad Company is centrally located in the country with excellent rail access. Additionally, our facilities include road access and egress for rail vehicles conveyed by low loader.

We have invested to provide the security, maintenance and repair facilities you need to provide your company with some of the best rail vehicle storage solutions in the UK – storing more than 700 vehicles with various storage needs, including in cold, tepid and warm conditions.

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Our home in Worksop

We have invested £6 million in the development and operations of a 15-acre site in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, as demand for our services continues to grow. The former Wagon Repair Depot site, which was run by DB Schenker, is able to take 20 vehicles a week for repair, refurbishment and maintenance. This allows us to significantly expand our operations.

The major project has brought a new lease of life to a site which has been vacant since 2015, both boosting the region and fulfilling the company’s aspiration in owning our own large-scale depot. It’s created dozens of much-needed new jobs for the area, with a commitment to an apprenticeship scheme.

This is an exciting new chapter for HNRC. We’ve never been in a better position in the leasing and maintenance of locomotives.

Latest News

Harry Needle showcases at major networking event

We were among 130 exhibitors showcasing our skills and expertise at the Rolling Stock Networking (RSN) 2019 event in July 2019.


New website puts us on track for further success

We’ve launched our new website to demonstrate our growing reputation as a leader in the leasing and maintenance of locomotives.


Worksop depot marks exciting new era for Harry Needle

We’ve entered an exciting new chapter and have never been in a better position in the leasing and the maintenance of locomotives.