Mechan stars in BBC2 rail documentary

Jacks made by Sheffield company Mechan, being used to lift a modern train.
Jacks made by Sheffield company Mechan, being used to lift a modern train.
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PLAYING a supporting role in a BBC documentary is boosting the number of web visitors to Sheffield-based railway maintenance equipment specialist Mechan.

Eagle-eyed rail enthusiasts spotted Mechan jacks being used to lift a modern train when former Tory MP, Defence Secretary and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer turned TV presenter Michael Portillo visited the Eastleigh locomotive, carriage and wagon works in Hampshire.

Mechan’s jacks, pictured right, were on view for around 12 minutes during BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys series, prompting enthusiasts to visit Darnall-based Mechan’s website - www.mechan.co.uk - to find out more about the company.

Mechan’s managing director, Richard Carr, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to see our jacks featuring so prominently in this popular BBC documentary.

“Mechan plays an integral role in the continued preservation of Britain’s rolling stock, but usually in a ‘behind the scenes’ capacity.

“It is amazing how many people recognised our brand and are visiting our website to find out more about the range of depot maintenance products we supply.”

Mechan’s specialist equipment is used in workshops and depots across the world by companies that include big names such as Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom and Network Rail.