About us

Proudly shaping the future of the UK rail industry. Supporting our customers through innovation, ingenuity and new levels of excellence in wagon design and manufacture.

WH Davis is the leading provider of wagon design and manufacture services for the UK rail freight industry. With roots firmly established in the rail sector for well over a century, we continue to set an ever-increasing standard, advancing the capabilities of our customers through leading expertise, innovation and exceptional engineering.

With a strong warranty and after care team, we can support our customers during the introduction of new fleets across the country.

Check out the YouTube video below to learn more about our highly successful engineering organisation.

Our goal is to be the best in class by developing innovative, cost-effective, superior manufacturing solutions to exceed our customers’ expectations and sustainable environment commitments whilst delivering class-leading customer service.

Through the leadership of our diverse and experienced team, we’re confident in our abilities to deliver the very best in all areas of our operation.

Andy Houghton

Managing Director

Stan Spencer

Director – Containers Division

Les Bryant

Engineering Director

Carl Baxendell

Engineering Manager

Steve Shooter

Production Manager

Craig Charlesworth

HSQE Manager

Stewart Gray

Supply Chain Manager

With roots firmly established in the rail sector, we’re immensely proud of our journey to becoming the UK’s last remaining independent wagon manufacturer.

Our story began in 1908 when WH Davis was formed as a company for repairing and later manufacturing small, wooden-bodied mineral wagons on the railway. The idea was to combine quality engineering and expertise to develop superior, cost-effective manufacturing solutions for the UK rail freight industry.

As the rail industry transformed, so has WH Davis, through ongoing investment into new technologies, processes and partnerships and is today the only independent freight wagon manufacturer in the UK.

We’re proud of our accredited status, ensuring all processes and procedures meet the high standards and best practices of regulatory requirements.

EN 15085-2 Welding Certificate

BS EN ISO 45001

BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Certificate

BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

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