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Useful suppliers for those involved in the restoration of vintage railway carriages.

These pages aim to act as a coordinating page for all technical information concerning vintage carriage restoration, and is maintained on behalf of the UK Heritage Railways Web-site.

Suppliers & Services:

  • Adshead Ratcliffe Arboseal Butyl sealant for windows etc
    Derby Rd, Belper Derby DE56 1WJ
    Tel: 01773 826661

  • AJ Wells & Sons - Vitreous Enamellers
    Bishops Way, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5WS
    Telephone: 01983 537766 or 01983 537770
    Fax: 01983 537788

  • Anderson Carriage & Wagon - Many spares for brake systems, door locks, steam heating, Mk1 prefab steel sections, dynamo pulleys & belts, Mk1 window parts, aluminium door edge extrusions, pins, bushes, wood beads made to order, coach signs interior & exterior, also exchange locks, brake cylinders, DA valves, release valves.
    5 Willowfield Crescent, Bradford, BD2 1LJ
    Tel: 07729 542279 Fax: 01274 612732

  • Ansell Jones Forgings - Manufacturers of forged lifting equipment and railway drawhooks.
    Tel: 01698 882386, Fax:01698 886852
    Web site:, Email:

  • Armstrong Oilers - Axlebox oiler pads
    Pickering Station
    North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ
    Tel: 01947 605611

  • Arnold (Tarpaulins) Ltd - see William Arnold (Tarpaulins), below

  • Birmingham and Leyland - Suspension Rubbers
    P.O. Box 2
    Golden Hill Lane
    Lancs PR5 1UB
    Tel: 01772 436401

  • C.A.R. Services (UK) - Rolling stock sales, Carriage technical drawings and maintenance manuals
    16, Peverel Drive, Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4PN
    Tel: 01691 681090, 07714 981376
    Web Site:

  • Camira Fabrics (including the Holdsworth transport brand, and Furtex) for commercial vehicle and public transport fabric applications.
    The Watermill, Wheatley Park, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 8HE
    Tel: 01924 490591
    Fax: 01924 495605 / 491280
    Web site: or e-mail:

  • Dunn & Son - Marqueterie
    8 Wharf Road
    CM2 6LU
    Tel: 01245 354452

  • Heritage Trimmings Ltd. - Luggage rack netting, reproduction fabrics and fabric trimmings
    The Old Mess Room, Colombo Street, Derby, DE23 8LW
    Tel 01332 343953, fax 01332 298443 Web site: Heritage Trimmings Ltd. or e-mail

  • Ian Riley - Railway Workshop Services
    East Lancs Loco Works
    Baron Street
    Bury BL9 OTY
    Tel: 0161 764 2892, Fax: 0161 763 5191

  • J. A. Milton - Hessian, springs, and other trimming/upholstery supplies and tools.
    Web site: J A Milton Upholstery Supplies
    Tel: 01691 624023 or 0870 777 8934

  • Mitco - Andrew Mitchell & Co. - Traditional coach roofing canvas.
    Bates Business Centre,
    The Old Brickworks,
    Church Rd,
    Harold Wood,
    Essex RM3 0JF
    Tel: 01708 370800 (Fax: 01708 377190)
    Web site: Mitco

  • Mudfords (Sheffield) Ltd - Synthetic carriage roofing material
    400, Petre St
    South Yorkshire S4 8LU
    Tel: 0114 243 3033

  • Pickerskill-Kaye - Carriage Door Slam Locks, striking plates and handles
    Pepper Road
    Hunslet, Leeds
    W. Yorks LS10 2PP
    Tel: 0113 277 5531
    Web site: Pickerskill-Kaye or e-mail

  • Potts & Ward, Woodcocks Ltd - Lino and other flooring materials, including marmoleum
    Lion Buildings Warehouse, Crowhurst Road,
    Hollingbury, Brighton, Sussex BN1 8AF
    Tel: 01273 557211, Fax 01273 557093
    Web site:

  • Railway Documentation and Drawing Services Ltd (RDDS) - Carriage Technical Drawings.
    Room 2, Itchen House,
    rtc Business Park,
    London Road,
    Derby, DE24 8UP.

  • Railway Reprints - Reprints of "Railway Carriages and Wagons" by Sidney Stone (1903)
    58 Coombe Vale Road
    Devon TQ14 9EW

  • Railway Wheelset & Brake Ltd - Tyres, Axles, Vac brake bits etc.
    280 Bawtry Road
    Rotherham S66 OJJ
    Tel: 01709 542907

  • The Real Wrought Iron Co. - puddled wrought iron ("Low Moor" iron).
    C.Topp & Co, Thirsk, UK or The Real Wrought Iron Co., Thirsk, U.K.

  • Red Kite Signs & Engraving - specialising initially in the manufacture of engraved plastic laminate and metal labelling.
    John Robinson: Phone 07976 837688 or 01509 236638, or e-mail.

  • Richard Perian - specialist railway nuts and bolts including rivet headed bolts
    2-10 Gopsal St
    Corner Cardigan St
    Tel 0121 359 1762

  • Samuel Wilkes (Engineering) Ltd - Railway carriage door-hinges and other items
    PO Box 1, Walsall, Birmingham.
    or: Newfield Close, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 7PB
    Tel: 01922 634567
    Web site:

  • Severn Valley Railway Engineering - some Carriage Repair Services
    including: Vacuum brake overhauls, Door lock testing and overhaul, Casting patterns, Timber moulding templates, and new Lavatory pans.

  • South Devon Railway - GWR Carriage Roof Ventilators and much more besides - tyre turning and fitting axles to wheels.
    If you are interested phone Rob Le Chevalier at the SDR workshop for details on 01364 - 643461.

  • Springline Spares - Carriage Springs
    Sipelia works
    Blast Lane
    Sheffield S4 7TA
    Tel: 0114 275015, Fax: 0114 275 3318

  • Stocksigns - Vitreous Enamel - both station signage and carriage components.
    Ormside Way, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2LG
    Web Site - Email
    Tel. 01737 764 764 - Fax. 01737 763 763

  • Swindon Historic Castings Ltd - no longer in operation, and its historic patterns are now dispersed as follows:
    • Great Western Locomotive patterns are located with the Great Western Society. That is principally the A and B series of patterns.
    • Great Western Coach patterns and Wolverton patterns are located with the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. That is principally the R, L and W series of patterns.
    • Eastleigh and Ashford patterns, are located with the Bluebell Railway. That is principally the J series of patterns.
    • Steam Crane patterns are located with the East Somerset Railway.
    • Gresham & Craven Brake Cylinder patterns are located with the South Devon Railway.
    • Hunslet and various industrial patterns are located with the Kent & East Sussex Railway. That is principally the C series of patterns.
    • Patterns have also been located with specific interest groups: A number of BR Standard patterns transferred to the Standard Locomotive Owners Association, and LMS patterns to the Patriot locomotive group. Appropriate patterns for the Galloping Gertie project have been transferred to that locomotive group, and Vale of Rheidol have received patterns appropriate to their railway.
    • A large selection including LNER, LMS and Diesel patterns have been transferred to Tysley Locomotive Works.
    • Patterns that are the property of third party organisations, such as the Davies and Metcalfe patterns, have been returned to their owners.
    • Contact Timesegment Limited for queries relating to Steam-related Davies and Metcalfe, GWR rail chairs, and Gresham & Craven Drawings. Timesegment Limited will also continue to supply items that were previously marketed through Swindon Historic Castings Ltd, such as Headboards, Wagon plates and certain other spares where they were the owners of the patterns.
    • Signalling components will continue to be available from the current suppliers.
    This information taken from the former website of SHC, 24 August 2011.

  • Tested Spring Co Ltd - Carriage Springs
    Hainge Road
    West Midlands B69 2NG
    Tel: 0121 5572304, Fax: 0121 5574031

  • Tearne and Sons Ltd - Crests and transfers
    41-45 Hanley Street
    Birmingham B19 3SP
    Tel: 0121 359 1717, Fax: 0121 359 4040

  • Timbmet Ltd - Hardwood
    P.O. Box 39, Crawley Works, Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9PP
    Web site: Timbmet
    Tel: 01865 862223, Fax: 01865 864367 e-mail:
    Also Rochdale and Glasgow.

  • T.R.Williamson - coach paints and roof-bedding compound
    Web site: Williamsons
    36 Stonebridgegate
    N.Yorks HG4 1TP
    Phone: 01765 607711 (Fax 01765 607908)

  • William Arnold (Tarpaulins) Ltd - Heavy duty tarpaulins for covering out-of-use carriages
    PO BOX 1251, Barking, Essex, IG11 1AH
    Phone: Main Order Hotline 0208 594 1500 (Fax 0208 594 7773)
    Web site:
See also The Carriage Exchange Suppliers page, and the Railcar Web Site, a list of suppliers applicable to DMU restoration and maintenance. Substantial commonality of course exists between DMUs and hauled stock, so these are further useful contacts.
If anyone has suitable web pages or contact details which they would like to have listed on this page, please contact the Bluebell's web site editor, Richard Salmon.

Please note that neither the Bluebell Railway nor the Heritage Railway Association are responsible for any of the advice or other information on these pages, nor can they be considered as recommending the suppliers listed above. The above is purely a list of suppliers which we or other railways have used in the past.

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