Sheffield-based lifting specialist in new rail deal

The site of the new train maintenance facility in Doncaster.
The site of the new train maintenance facility in Doncaster.
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Heavy lifting specialist Mechan might work across the world, but the Sheffield-based manufacturer had to look no further than South Yorkshire to secure its latest order.

The firm, which provides heavy lifting equipment in rail depots, is to kit out a new train maintenance facility being constructed in Doncaster as part of the government’s flagship InterCity Express Programme.

Main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick has commissioned Mechan to supply a three road equipment drop, 40 lifting jacks with a 15 tonne capacity and two bogie turntables for the depot it is building on behalf of train producer, Hitachi Rail.

Richard Carr, Mechan’s managing director, said: “Although our business is global, we take pride in retaining a local supply chain and it is great to know our products will soon be playing a key role in the long term success of the region’s transport industry.”

It is Mechan’s fourth order connected with the Department for Transport initiative to introduce new high speed electric and bi-mode trains on the Great Western and East Coast mainlines.

A set of 40 lifting jacks and an equipment drop with two bridges have already been fitted at the North Pole train maintenance centre in west London along with a further two standard equipment drops at the new Stoke Gifford train maintenance centre near Bristol.

The firm has also installed two bespoke traversers for Hitachi Rail’s Newton Aycliffe rail vehicle manufacturing facility.

The County Durham-based facility is building trains for the IEP.