Train depot supplier wins KiwiRail order

Heavy load: Mechan's jacks in operation at KiwiRail's depot at Hamilton on New Zealand's North Island
Heavy load: Mechan's jacks in operation at KiwiRail's depot at Hamilton on New Zealand's North Island
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Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is notching up new successes down under.

The Sheffield firm has shipped a set of 30 tonne lifting jacks to New Zealand’s largest freight and passenger rail operator, KiwiRail.

The four jacks, controlled by Mechan’s Microlink synchronised lifting system, are being installed at KiwiRail’s Hamilton depot on New Zealand’s North Island.

Darnall-based Mechan already has another system working at the company’s Palmerston North facility, close to Dunedin, on the South Island. KiwiRail’s fleet engineer, Sam Reindler, praised Mechan’s technology.

“Mechan’s first set of jacks continues to serve us well, more than a decade after its initial installation,” said Mr Reindler.

“Our engineers are happy working with such easy to use equipment and we have been very satisfied with its reliability and performance.

“It made perfect sense, therefore, to replicate the system in the Hamilton depot.”

Mechan’s managing director, Richard Carr, said: “We are extremely pleased to secure a second prestigious contract with KiwiRail.

“Our Microlink system is renowned the world over and remains at the forefront of depot maintenance technology.

“The simple installation process means our jacks can be set up by on site engineers without any specialist training, providing a significant cost saving for the client.”

Mechan has more than 40 years experience in designing, developing and making heavy lifting and handling products for the rail industry.

It supplies jacks, ranging in capacity from six to 35 tonnes, for maintaining rail cars ranging from trams and metro trains to freight locomotives and wagons.