Rapid refurb and replacement of critical rail components

Rail is crucial to our nation’s economy. Downtime isn’t just costly for rail operators; it can also mean disruption to our wider transport and logistics infrastructure. 

CWE is committed to ensuring freight and passenger rail organisations can keep their rolling stock on the tracks. We combine a depth of knowledge gained from 55 years experience in the rail industry with lean production processes and a flexible, ‘can do’ attitude, to make sure our customers get a faster service at a fairer price – without ever compromising on quality.

The benefits of working with CWE

Fast component sourcing – Some rolling stock can be 30-50 years old, making parts difficult to source. Our extensive stock catalogue acts as a digital encyclopaedia and can be used to cross reference current and obsolete parts, so you can easily identify what’s needed.

Comprehensive services – CWE supports rail operators throughout the rolling stock lifecycle from manufacture to parts testing and ‘service exchange’ – where ‘dirty’ parts can quickly be exchanged for refurbished equivalents. 

Leaner processes – We take expert engineering services to our customers when and where they need us. Everything we do is designed to reduce waste, streamline processes and get rolling stock rapidly back on track.

Shorter downtimes, lower costs

CWE will always aim to reduce turnaround times on part replacement from weeks to days, so unnecessary downtime becomes a thing of the past. Our technical know-how is second to none, meaning we can often resolve issues on site and will aim to do so within 48 hours; reducing costs and carbon emissions, to get you back on track faster.

    Our capabilities

    The range of services we provide is comprehensive and covers:

    • component machining and fabrication
    • component refurbishment and repair
    • component fitting
    • reverse engineering of complex/obsolete parts
    • supply chain support
    • project management
    • ongoing fleet maintenance.

    We can provide refurb, repair and replacement services to cover:

    • buffers and bars
    • couplers
    • bogies
    • bolsters
    • gearboxes.

    Your RISAS accredited supply partner

    CWE is RISAS accredited, providing parts that exceed the railway industry’s standard for consistency and quality in fusion welding of materials for rolling stock and components manufacturing.

    Certified to EN 15085 standards

    CWE holds EN 15085 certification, so you can rest assured that all welding work we undertake complies with internationally acknowledged standards for the railway industry.

    We can also provide you with access to TIG MIG MAG and MMA Coded welders to EN 9606-1 & ISO 15614-1 Part 1 and ASME 1X. EN5817 level C & EN1090-Table D.1, D.2 and are qualified in Magnetic Particle Inspection PCN Level 2 MPI & ASNT levels.

    We are committed to reusing materials wherever possible to reduce costs and as a result, limit our environmental impact.




    Fact Sheet

    Crowle Wharf Engineers Rail Fact Sheet

    Call us on 01724 710 455 or email us here for more information on our capabilities and how we can help you.