In 1992 Andries van Heerden founded the company that is today called Vanrail Supplies. Those early years were turbulent and unpredictable political times for South Africa and his venture showed his confidence in the future of the country and its railways. In 2013 Vanrail celebrates its 21st year.

It is entering a new and dynamic growth phase as it engineers and manufactures quality products for the now rapidly expanding railways of Africa. From its manufacturing base in two provinces in South Africa, Vanrail produces products to meet customer requirements for quality, price and delivery. Its in-house manufacturing capability which includes casting, machining, plating and assembly enables it to shorten customer lead times.

Its products are often designed to meet international Standards such as those set by the AAR and UIC, as well as local customer standards. Through partnering with international railroad suppliers, Vanrail is also able to offer the best of international products to its African customers. To meet local content requirements of our customers Vanrail is capable of manufacturing international products on behalf of its principals in South Africa. It also offers field service and maintenance support for all its products. For further information on how Vanrail can support your rolling stock component or system needs, please contact Stuart Scott at +27 12 653 4595 or