RAILWAY maintenance expert Mechan has secured a deal to supply a zero emissions alternative to the diesel engines normally used for moving trains around depots.
The Sheffield firm has become the sole supplier for the UK and Ireland of Rotrac electrically-powered road and rail shunters.
Mechan discovered the shunters, which can recover energy while they are operating, at InnoTrans, the global transport exhibition, in Berlin.
Managing director Richard Carr said: “Energy efficiency and carbon emissions are becoming increasingly important to rail operators and, consequently, to companies that serve the sector. Mechan works hard to develop and source greener, cleaner alternatives to the gas guzzling locomotives that have been central to the operations of rail depots, and the innovative Rotrac shunters fit this remit perfectly.”
Mechan has made a name for itself supplying a range of rail depot maintenance equipment to rail companies around the world.
Products include lifting jacks, ranging in capacity from six to 35 tonnes, used to lift rail cars ranging from trams to freight locomotives and wagons.
The company also designs equipment used in maintaining the bogies that carry the wheels on which trains run.