City firm lift for Irish rail service

Mechan's lifting jacks in operation at the Adelaide maintenance facility in Belfast.
Mechan's lifting jacks in operation at the Adelaide maintenance facility in Belfast.
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Sheffield manufacturer Mechan is helping Northern Ireland’s newest rail depot raise standards in train care.

Translink’s £28 million purpose-built Adelaide train maintenance facility in Belfast has been equipped with 12 of Mechan’s flagship lifting jacks, along with two engine removal tables and two bogie turntables.

The equipment will be used to maintain 20 new trains which have recently been introduced to renew and extend the existing fleet.

This latest order placed by Adelaide’s main contractor, Graham Construction, complements the lifting jacks and engine removal tables Mechan installed at Translink’s York Road engineering facility in Belfast in 2002.

Mechan managing director Richard Carr said: “Boosting capacity on Belfast’s rail network was the key to improving the services offered to customers, but as the local depots were at full stretch, this meant investing in a third facility.

“Adelaide exemplifies recent developments in depot maintenance, offering staff a safe, efficient environment in which to work, resulting in a faster turnaround and more reliable rail service.”