Brodie Engineering: A Leading Rolling Stock Engineering Business in the UK

At Brodie Engineering, we offer a comprehensive range of refurbishment, maintenance, overhaul and repair services to the rail sector. We have expertise ranging from passenger trains to specialist infrastructure vehicles; from bespoke new equipment to obsolescence management on heritage trains. We hold externally audited certification for our safety, quality and environmental procedures and systems.


Our in-house engineering team is available for rapid problem-solving. We have experience in developing complex, bespoke, yellow plant; in developing technically challenging repairs for damaged vehicles and in reverse engineering obsolete parts. We have experience of providing engineering consultancy services including development or optimisation of modifications, assessment of damage or corrosion, analysis of applicable standards, and writing maintenance or overhaul documents.


The projects team have decades of experience in rolling stock project management across a range of different project types such as heavy overhauls, re-livery, new build, site support, impact damage.


Our production staff pride themselves in delivering our products and services efficiently and to the highest quality. All of our production staff are permanent employees who are trained to the highest standard and competent to undertake the tasks and activities required of them.

More About What We Do

Brodie Engineering undertakes overhaul, design and engineering work for the rail industry. We understand the requirements needed for train operations and work to all group and industry standards.

We operate out of our two depots in Kilmarnock, Bonnyton Works and Caledonia Works which have the following capacity and facilities

Bonnyton Works

  • Indoor capacity for up to 14 vehicles
  • Stabling capacity for a further 11 vehicles
  • Pits for underframe maintenance including an underframe wash area
  • 28-metre paint booth
  • Variety of jacks for vehicle lifts
  • Traverser for easy movement of vehicle between production roads
  • Fabrication facilities for in-house manufacture
  • Water test facility 

Caledonia Works

  • Indoor capacity for up to 40 vehicles
  • Stabling capacity for multiple vehicles
  • 3 internal paint booths
  • Overhead crane
  • Fabrication shop
  • Wheel shop
  • Overhead line for electrical unit testing

To find out more about what we do and what we can offer your company, visit our services page.

Our History

Founded in 1996, the company has achieved steady growth based on excellent service and delivering cost-effective solutions.

Meet The Team

Gerry Hilferty

Managing Director

Gerry is a Chartered Engineer and founded Brodie Engineering in 1996. He is a railway engineering career professional with extensive experience of rolling stock maintenance and repair and the design of specialist bespoke infrastructure maintenance vehicles and infrastructure handling equipment.

Douglas Gibson

Operations Director

Dougie joined the Brodie Engineering team in 2004 with over 20 years of rail experience. Formerly, he worked as a team leader in coach building with Hunslet-Barclay and has developed a detailed understanding of all trades associated with rail engineering manufacture, refurbishment and installation.


Jim Thomson

Business Development Director

Jim joined Brodie Engineering in 2015 with over 36 years of experience in the rail industry across a variety of management roles including Depot/Production Management and Engineering Management.  He holds an H.N.D Electrical & Electronic Engineering and an MBA in Business Management.

Matthew Walker

Production Manager

Matt joined the Brodie Engineering team in 2015 as an electrician and has since progressed to Production Manager. Matt started his career in the motor trade with a 4-year apprenticeship at Taggarts of Motherwell (rover dealership) as a vehicle technician. After joining Brodie Engineering, he went to Ireland with the team for 2 years to undertake electrical work to complete building and testing on the Belmond Grand Hibernian. 

John McGougan

Materials Manager

John joined Brodie Engineering in 2011 with 8 years of rail experience. He began his career in electronics and spent 14 years in various Warehouse and Logistics Management roles where he was responsible for inventory management, warehousing and on-time delivery of materials. John then worked for Hunslet-Barclay, Brush Barclay, Wabtec Rail Scotland where he initially began as Stores and Material handling supervisor. He then developed through a series of management roles including Material and Systems, Materials and Maintenance, Production Control and Materials Manager. As Materials Manager at Brodie Engineering, he has gained a further 8 years of experience in inventory management, procurement, stores and production control in support of production and ultimately the customer.

Want to join the team? Take a look at our careers page, or view our latest vacancies.

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