services we offer

DRS offers a dedicated Business Development team who will work with you to produce a bespoke solution to your transport needs. All of our services are focused on helping our clients achieve the highest level of performance within their businesses. DRS consistently delivers the highest standards of on-time delivery in the industry.

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Key market areas include:

specialist freight

DRS is the first choice provider for specialist transport solutions.  The company has an enviable 100% delivery performance record in the nuclear sector.

DRS has industry-leading expertise in the movement of spent nuclear fuel, decommissioning waste and nuclear construction support.  The company is the only operator in the UK to have achieved approval to carry nuclear material by rail. With an exemplary safety record, nuclear materials have been transported by rail since 1962, travelling over 13.5 million miles without any incident involving the release of radioactive material.

DRS has unrivalled expertise in delivering tailor-made rail transport and associated services that meet the stringent safety and security demands of the nuclear industry.

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intermodal freight

DRS has built a nationally respected reputation for safe, secure, reliable services and extending this to the fast-moving consumer goods and general freight markets for a range of leading companies including John G Russell, Tesco, Stobart Rail and ASDA.

The company’s impressive performance is reflected in an industry leading on time delivery (OTD) record which has secured seven Golden Whistle Awards, placing DRS at the forefront of reliability in this time-critical sector. This benchmark standard is backed-up by Direct Rail Services’ team of professionals, who are on-hand 24/7 to provide service that is second to none.

DRS is committed to this growing market sector and are available to take enquiries regarding domestic intermodal services in Great Britain.

For more information please contact:

Sabrina Brannan, Senior Business Manager,

07734 784349

major infrastructure projects

DRS has 25 new box wagons for use across the UK, to deliver cleaner and greener bulk transport solutions.

Each wagon can transport 80 tonnes of spoil, aggregates, soil, scrap metal or other loose material.

A single train can transport as much as 2,000 tonnes and remove around 60 HGVs from the road, with 76% fewer CO2 emissions.

Rail offers fantastic environmental and stakeholder benefits. 

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rail network support

DRS operates a unique fleet of locomotives matched with a flexible team of highly trained, fully experienced staff, providing a comprehensive range of infrastructure support services including:

  • Autumn Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT)
  • Winter snow clearance utilising DRS’ own MSP-fitted locomotives and Network Rail Independent Snow Ploughs and Beilhack Ploughs
  • Overhead line ‘ice breaking’ service
  • MPV weed-spraying operations
  • S&C Video MPV Operation
  • A variety of Test Trains, including Network Rail Saloon services

In addition to these key services, DRS also supports Supply Chain Operations for Network Rail with the extensive resources required to facilitate its infrastructure renewal requirements, including the provision of Network Services, Bulk Ballast Services, Delivery Trains and Possession Services.

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passenger and train operating company support

DRS provide critical support to many of the UK’s train operating companies all over the country. Whether it is our fleet of Thunderbird Rescue locomotives for Avanti West Coast or hiring out locomotives for passenger services to ScotRail, DRS works to provide a safe secure and reliable service to all our customers.

DRS provide a number of services under this sector:

  • Provision of train crew
  • Train planning services
  • Ground handling at stations
  • Operational support
  • Hire of a fully maintained locomotive
  • Locomotive and/or coaching Stock Hire for passenger service
  • Technical support for passenger services
  • Locomotive hire for rescue services
  • DRS locomotives haul a number of high profile services up and down the country using traction range from class 37s to the innovative class 68s.

DRS currently supply services to Trans Pennie Express and Chiltern Railways. We also run charter services for Riviera Trains that range from football specials to big event such as the Spring and Autumn Land Cruises.

The variety of locomotives we run brings class leading capabilities which translate to an even more efficient and effective service for our clients.

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Passenger sevice

fleet maintenance

DRS operates fully-equipped state-of-the-art maintenance depots in Carlisle, Crewe, Motherwell and Sellafield.

These facilities provide a unique in-house rail capability for an extensive range of rail equipment.

Service includes the maintenance of locomotives, freight wagons and coaching stock.  Fuelling facilities are available in both Crewe and Carlisle.

In addition to its depot-based operations, DRS also provides mobile support maintenance services for other train operators, fully supported by an expert team of skilled field engineers and the extensive resources of the DRS national network of depots.  This comprehensive capability ensures that every client requirement can be effectively met.

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DRS has the knowledge, skill, experience and expertise to provide expert consultancy services in railway planning including:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Commercial Planning
  • Operational Planning including Train Planning
  • Terminal Design
  • Training

The Company’s experienced team of professionals provide innovative solutions to assist organisations in their rail projects.

DRS works to develop smart solutions for bespoke services which could be a one off move to a partnership lasting years.

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