This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 1 2022.
Edinburgh-based railway engineering company, Assenta Rail, continues to go from strength to strength following the opening of its Hamilton rail maintenance depot in late 2019.
Since opening its rail depot in 2019, the company has invested significantly in upgrades to the infrastructure and increasing both the capacity within the depot as well as the range of facilities on offer.
Assenta Rail has been in business since 2001 and during this time the business has grown organically, focusing on a key group of core clients and priding itself on offering tailored engineering solutions to its book of clients. Having firmly established itself as a consultancy with significant expertise at solving challenging engineering problems, the progression to operating its own maintenance facility was a natural development. Establishing Hamilton LMD as a base for its operations allowed the firm to bring its engineering offerings “in-house” and to be able to offer a full turnkey service to clients.
In the two years since opening the depot, the firm has installed a paintshop; purchased two sets of 15t jacks to facilitate works over its pitted roads; and carried out extensive upgrade works to tracks and sidings within the depot. With the increasing development within the depot, the firm has also become an important employer within the local area and now provides employment for more than 20 local engineers, technicians and artisans based out of its Hamilton rail depot. The firm takes pride in its ability to continue the tradition of highly skilled railway engineering in the Lanarkshire area and actively employs locals with extensive experience to bolster its base of knowledge within the company. As a forward-looking business, Assenta Rail currently also employs apprentices and trainees who are learning their trades from more experienced personnel. As the company continues to develop over the coming years, these talented young people will become key members of our committed and supportive workforce. The ongoing development of our team is the key driver of our future success.
Railway-News magazine Issue 4 Track & Infrastructure edition, November 2022: Assenta Rail - Bridging the Gaps in the Rail Industry.
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