Mechan lifting jacks to support revamped UK rail depot

24 March 2023

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West Midlands Trains’ Bletchley depot in Milton Keynes, UK, is taking delivery of 21 Mechan lifting jacks, as part of a major refurbishment project due to complete in 2024.

The 18t jacks will work as a set of 20 – with one spare – to lift five-car class 730 Aventra trains, which are being built by Alstom.

Mechan will also supply 21 jacking brackets, and when construction work is complete, the firm will add socket boxes at the depot and install the jacks’ cabling system in a central pit to reduce tripping hazards.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan’s sales director, said: “West Midlands Trains uses our jacks at other facilities and was aware of their flexibility, efficiency and reliability, hence the order for the refurbished Bletchley. We continue to enjoy an excellent relationship with the client and can’t wait to see the fully synchronised set in action when the new trains enter service.”

West Midlands Trains operates services under the West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway brands, from London to Liverpool and across the West Midlands.

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