Rail was created in April 2005 by English, Welsh & Scottish
Railway (EWS), after EWS had aquired the assets of wagon suspension
developer and supplier Probotec Ltd., Cardiff ("Professional
until 2004: Powell Duffryn Rail).
English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) was founded in 1996 as a railfreight operator following privatisation of British Rail. In 2007 EWS was sold to Deutsche Bahn AG and in 2009 rebranded as DB Schenker Rail UK. Since Axiom Rail is a subsidairy of DB Schenker Rail UK. In March 2016 DB Schenker Rail UK was renamed DB Cargo UK.
Production of bogie parts and assembling is carried out by subcontractor CKD Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic.
History of Probotec/Powell Duffryn
1810 Thomas Powell aquiered land near Newport/Wales and began coal mining.
1864 After Thomas Powell died in 1863 his company (16 mines, about 6000 employees) was sold,
Foundation Powell Duffryn Company
1935 Powell Duffryn included Cambrian Wagon Works Limited (until 1906 Cardifff Rolling Stock Company).
1986 Acquisition of Gloucester Railway Carriage &
2002 Acquisition of Meridian Rail Europe (formerly ABC Naco Europe)
2004 Rebranding in Probotec
Probotec: Innovation for Rail (brochure, available at InnoTrans 2004)
Railway Gazette: Railway Gazette: Raising loads and lowering charges )Issue 1 Nov 2003;
Railway Gazette: EWS acquires bogie portfolio (Issue 1 Jun 2005;
Trelleborg Industrial AVS: Trelleborg mountings for EWS RailFreight bogies (http://www.trelleborg.com/en/IndustrialAVS/News/Trelleborg-mountings-for-EWS-RailFreight-bogies/; Last updated: 2007-09-04)