Capital success for rail equipment firm

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Railway depot maintenance equipment specialist Mechan has won a contract worth more than £1 million for the prestigious Thameslink project.

The Darnall company is supplying four ‘bogie drops’ for two maintenance depots being developed as part of the project, which will increase capacity on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway, across the capital.

The equipment will allow frames carrying wheels and other equipment secured beneath trains being built for the project to be removed and replaced without having to lift or separate the carriages.

Mechan has started work on the first two bogie drops, which have been commissioned by Siemens Rail Systems UK and will be installed at Thameslink’s Hornsey maintenance facility.

Two more bogie drops will be delivered to Thameslink’s new Three Bridges depot, on either side of the London to Brighton mainline, at Crawley.

Mechan’s managing director, Richard Carr, said: “We have proved that our bogie drops are at the forefront of depot technology and that their build quality offers unrivalled reliability.

“Receiving such a significant new order from a valued repeat customer is hugely gratifying and we are pleased to be contributing to Thameslink, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive updates to the capital’s rail system in recent years.”

Before winning the contract, Mechan has supplied Siemens with five bogie drops in the past seven years, for depots in Southampton, Northampton, Manchester and Scotland.

During that time, Mechan and Siemens worked together to modify the design to maximise workspace, by incorporating a raised floor that covers the pit when the bogie has been removed.