Eversholt Rail Group

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Eversholt Rail (UK) Limited
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Key people
Mary Kenny
(Chief executive)
ProductsRolling stock
OwnerCheung Kong Holdings & Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings

Eversholt Rail Group (formerly HSBC Rail (UK) Limited) is one of a number of ROSCOs (rolling stock operating company) in the United Kingdom. Created in 1994 as part of the privatisation of British Rail, it owns around a quarter of passenger railway locomotives, multiple units and coaching stock running on Network Rail's system which it leases to various train operators. With the emergence of new rolling stock financiers, such as Rock Rail, Agility Trains and XLT, the traditional ROSCO businesses face increasing challenges to maintain market share. Other ROSCOs have secured new build replacement programmes, either announced or rolling out, to replace the Eversholt Class 321, IC225, Class 222, Class 313 and Class 315 fleets, outlining the very challenging market place (with circa 1200 vehicles to scrap or find new operators). In September 2019, Eversholt Rail (365) Ltd went into liquidation following the sale of 160 Class 365 vehicles.


Eversholt Leasing was established on 21 March 1994.[1] It was subsequently purchased in a management/employee buyout supported by Candover in February 1996 for £518 million. Thirteen months later Candover sold Eversholt for £726.5M to Forward Trust Group, part of Midland Bank, which was itself a subsidiary of HSBC.[2][3]

The privatisation and subsequent sale of the ROSCOs caused a great deal of debate, since the UK National Audit Office asserts that the UK Government had not realised fair market value for the sale of the assets.[4] The sale to Forward Trust saw a 40% increase in the price the Department of Transport had sold the company for. Testimony relating to the sale of Eversholt was given by Andrew Jukes, Managing Director of Forward Trust to the UK Parliament's Select Committee on Public Accounts, 3 June 1998.[5][6]

HSBC Rail changed its name back to Eversholt in January 2010, and was sold to the Eversholt Investment Group consortium in November 2010.[2]

In January 2015, 3i agreed to sell its stake to CK Investments, a joint venture owned by Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Holdings (present name CK Hutchison Holdings) and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI), for £358M.[7] CKI has agreements to buy out all the consortium members subject to regulatory approval for a combined £2.5 billion.[8] In May 2015, Eversholt sold its 920 wagons and 63 load unit vehicles - including container flats, autoballasters, coal and aggregate hoppers and box wagons - to NACCO Industries UK subsidiary.[9]

In August 2019, Eversholt disposed of its Class 365 fleet, returning them to government ownership [1] .


The May 2015 sale of the groups rail freight stock left the company's rolling stock portfolio consisting of 19 separate fleets of circa 3,500 mainly passenger vehicles - majority various classes of EMU's and DMU's - of which over 3,100 have electric motive power. Notable ownership fleets include the British Rail Class 395 Javelin, and the East Coast Mainline InterCity 225 fleet - consisting of Class 91 electric locomotive, nine Mark 4 coaches and a Driving Van Trailer - and a few British Rail Class 66 locomotives. The company has a team of in-house engineers to strategically maintain the entire fleet, whilst operational maintenance is usually undertaken by the operational lease company. Financing services include operating leases, procurement, refurbishment, engineering support and maintenance improvements.[10]

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  1. ^ "HSBC Rail (UK) Limited". workSMART.org.uk. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "HSBC sells Eversholt train leasing business". Railway Gazette International. 5 November 2010.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060528101235/http://www.candover.com/candover/deals/case-studies-article.jsp?id=303. Archived from the original on 28 May 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Privatisation of the Rolling Stock Leasing Companies". Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. 5 March 1998.
  5. ^ House of Commons - Public Accounts - Minutes of Evidence Archived 15 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Select Committee on Public Accounts Supplementary Memorandum from Mr Andrew Jukes of Forward Trust Rail Limited Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Lewin, Joel (20 January 2015). "Li Ka-shing to acquire Eversholt Rail". Financial Times. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  8. ^ "3i Infrastructure sells Eversholt Rail stake". Money AM. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 2015-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ HSBC Rail[dead link]

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