HNRC buys Worksop depot as part of expansion plans
HARRY Needle Railroad Company has purchased Worksop Wagon Repair Depot.
HNRC Managing Director Harry Needle told RAIL that the depot is part of an expansion of the company’s existing portfolio, and that more details would be available in the near future following discussions with potential clients.
He confirmed that work at the site would include installation of a wheel lathe, a bogie drop, creating a light inspection point, and installing overhead cranes.
Needle said that the site was being modernised, including the removal of a car park and the extension of sidings. The formation in the yard was also being re-laid.
The site will complement HNRC’s Barrow Hill site, which is currently used for all contract work including maintenance of locomotives hired to operators including Colas Railfreight and GB Railfreight, as well as repairs of locomotives from preservation and main line operators.
A decision has still to be made on the storage of existing HNRCowned locomotives not in traffic but which are located at other company’s depots, such as Class 08s, ‘09s’ and ‘20s’ at Nemesis Rail’s Burton facility.
The Worksop site has been bought from DB Cargo, which will retain its leasehold interest in the Worksop Down Reception Sidings. The two companies have agreed to a Connection Contract to ensure the facilities remain connected.
The contract is based closely on the Office of Rail and Road’s Model Clause Contract, but will still be submitted to the regulator rather than under the General Approval process as it does not involve connection of the adjacent facility to the Network Rail network.
DB and HNRC have also agreed that the latter will hold the access rights for all rail vehicles moving to and from the Wagon Repair Depot across DB’s Reception Sidings.
The two companies plan to enter a Facility Access Contract which must be approved.
Other operators are invited to comment on the proposals. The consultation closes at 1700 on February 4.
An aerial shot of the depot at Worksop, being acquired by Harry Needle Railroad Company. HNRC.