100 Years of Nevilles
Neville Rail Projects
Michael Neville, grandson of the founder, took the family business forward into the railway industry in 1986, as the result of winning a contract from Metro-Cammell Ltd to manufacture complete Roof & Underframe assemblies for their Kowloon Canton Railway contract. This was then followed by contracts from the first BREL London Underground refurbishment work on the Central Line, which led to prototype and development work for every major rail contractor.
George Neville commenced in business in 1907 at the age of 20, contracting for the transport of post office mail between Mansfield & Nottingham by horse drawn transport. It was in the capacity of a mail contractor that George Neville first started body building to provide his own horse van bodies. His son George E. Neville pioneered the ’tilt cab’ known then as the Neville Cab and hailed as “the most progressive step in commercial vehicle cab design”. He also invented an automatic sheeting system which could be operated either manually or electronically, for which he was awarded the Design Council Award in 1977. This sheeting system was, and still is, used on both Rail and Road transportation vehicles to the present day.